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Psyllium Seeds

Psyllium Seed is the general name used for numerous members of the plant species Plantago whose seeds are commercially used for the making of mucilage. It is chiefly taken into use as a dietary fiber to discharge symptoms of both mild diarrhea and constipation, and sometimes as a food thickener. It also lowers blood cholesterol levels. The shrub from which the seeds are extracted tolerates cool and dry climates and is mostly cultivated in northern India. It’s most commonly known as a laxative.

Key Points
  • Psyllium is produced mostly for its mucilage content.
  • Mucilage is attained by mechanical milling (i.e. grinding) of the external layer of the seed.
  • Mucilage produce aggregates to about 25% of the entire seed produce.
  • The crushed seed mucilage is a white fibrous substance that is hydrophilic, implies that its molecular arrangement makes it to attract and quandary to water.