Scientific Name: Plantago Ovata Husk
Common Name or English Name: Psyllium Husk, Plantago, and Isabgol.
Commercial Use: Seeds and husk of plantago ovata husk are marketed for commercial purpose. Isabgol is prepared by crushing the dried seeds of Plantago Ovata Husk.
In some cereals also, Psyllium Husk is an important and specially added part in some cornflakes and cereals.
Environment: Earlier the plant was grown exclusively in the continent of Africa, area around Mediterranean sea and in some parts of India but now it is being grown basically everywhere in the world.
Utilization: Isabgol is very useful in stabilizing cholesterol level. Isabgol is a very good cooling agent and is taken in case of high inflammation and acidity in stomach.
It is also useful in treating various gastronomical disorders.
Psyllium Husk also relieves a person from recurring case of constipation. It is considered as a very useful herbal medicine having high fiber content and the best part is that it can be easily taken along with water.
Normally, Isabgol is taken with a good quantity of lukewarm water and must be taken as a first thing in the morning and last thing before night bed time.
For people suffering from obesity, isabgol needs to be taken half an hour before any kind of meal.
More modernized form of Isabgol is that it can be taken in the form of capsules. Earlier, Psyllium Husk was almost tasteless, not liked by many people but now it is available in the market in different pleasing flavors such as orange, strawberry, etc. It is often utilized in treating diarrhea.
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Isabgol is also taken by excessive fat people. It further prevents development of colon cancer and breast cancer. When dosage of isabgol is to be given to children's, it must be done so under the proper prescription of doctor.