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Isabgol

Isabgol is the husk obtained from Psyllium plant. It is a natural vegetable product obtained from the seeds of this plant by milling. This product is mainly used as a bowel regulator. Isabgol absorbs water and swells up to give increased bulk in the intestine. It also increases the moisture content of the stools. This promotes the normal peristaltic movements and the bowel mobility. Isabgol is the age-old medicine used in Ayurveda for the treatment of problems associated with constipation. Most of the people do not get sufficient amount of fiber form the daily diet. As a result more than 75% of the population is overweight and have problems related to indigestion, gastritis, high cholesterol levels and sometimes may also be the cause for colon cancer.
 

Properties

The fiber present in Isabgol is soluble in nature. This fiber is different from the other type of fibers such as wheat bran and cellulose, which are insoluble. The fiber present in Isabgol helps to control the blood cholesterol levels. Isabgol forms a thin layer on the intestines and prevents the absorption of cholesterol in to the arteries. Thus the cholesterol level in the body is maintained. Isabgol also helps to prevent heart attacks by regulating the serum cholesterol. It also helps to regulate the blood glucose levels and insulin response by decreasing the absorption of fats and glucose.
 
Isabgol also helps to clean the gastro intestinal tract by removing the toxins present there along with the bulk. Thus the toxins are excreted from the body. Isabgol also helps to prevent indigestion, and flatulence. It removes any material, which may cause intestinal obstruction. Isabgol helps to prevent lethargy and gives a feeling of well being and good health.
 
Isabgol is recommended for relief of problems associated with chronic constipation such as piles, fissures and fistulas. Isabgol helps to moisten the hard stools and brings down the burning sensation after defecation. It helps to reduce strain during defecation in persons suffering from cardio vascular diseases, hernia and pregnancy.
 

Effects of Its Uses

Isabgol does not give any side effects, as it is not absorbed in the body. Isabgol does not interact with any other drugs and also does not interfere with the absorption of other essential substances such as vitamins and mineral. However Isabgol should not be used if the person has vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. This product should not be taken along with any other medication, as the desired effects of the medication will be reduced. Even the aged persons can safely consume Isabgol.
 
Isabgol is a common additive in many of the high fiber breakfast cereals and bulk forming laxatives. It can also be taken as a daily dietary supplement but is not essential for persons who consume high fiber foods.