Psyllium Husk (Isabgol in Ayurvedic System of Medicine) is derived from the crushed seeds of the Plantago Ovata plant, an herb which is found mostly in Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Since ancient times the Psyllium seed husks have been used in herbal remedies. Similar to oats and wheat, Psyllium is rich in soluble fiber (often found in Oats, Barley, Flax seed, Cereals, vegetables and fruits. Traditionally, Psyllium husk is used as a gentle bulk-forming laxative for constipation.
Indeed, Psyllium has long been recognized for its potential role in reducing blood cholesterol. As early as in 1998, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already approved a health claim on Psyllium:
"3g to 12g soluble fiber from Psyllium seed husk when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease".
Studies have shown that Psyllium husk is effective in lowering total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein or LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
»In general, prescription drugs should be taken one hour before or two hours after Psyllium, because the absorption and effectiveness of many drugs may be reduced.
»In addition, all foods bearing a Psyllium health claim must also bear a label statement concerning the need to consume them with adequate amounts of fluids