3 Benefits of Psyllium Husk - Cleansing, Lower Cholesterol and More

The discussion of colon cleansers is often not a comfortable one and for good reason: who wants to talk about ways to poop more, right? 

However, we recently had an interesting conversation with a man who shared some of the benefits of Psyllium Husk he had been experiencing by taking Psyllium Husk every morning, so we thought we would investigate. Here is what we found.

What is Psyllium Husk?

Psyllium Husk is an incredible form of fiber that can have far reaching benefits beyond just assisting with regular bowel function and constipation (though it's great at that too). 

Grown mostly in India, Psyllium Husk is a unique herb-like plant that is a natural bulking agent and laxative that contains both water soluble and insoluble fibers.

When ingested Psyllium Husk forms a gel-like mass by absorbing water from the intestines and colon. This gel like mass moves through the intestinal tract absorbing waste, helping to swiftly push it out of the body.

Because of this, Psyllium Husk is almost always one of the primary ingredients in supplements and cleansing products designed to help clean the colon and relieve constipation.

Fun Fact: Psyllium Husk is often used as a replacement for wheat is gluten free breads and pastas.

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Here are 3 Amazing Benefits of Psyllium Husk

Benefit of Psyllium Husk #1: Colon Cleansing

The standard American diet (unfortunately) is primarily made up of refined grains, sugar, dairy, and excess protein.

This form of diet severely lacks sufficient fiber, which is one of the reasons why so many people suffer from chronic gas, bloating, and other issues related to putrefied food moving inefficiently through the body. 

People also severely suffer from a gut biome that has been carpet bombed by antibiotics and chlorinated water, but that is a topic for a different post.

Anyways...as mentioned above, Psyllium Husk absorbs water from inside the intestinal tract creating a gel like mass.  This gelatinous mass soaks up toxic material left over from previous meals helping to safely remove them from the body. 

It also pushes everything in its path through the colon, helping to increase bowel regularity and reducing the amount putrefied and partially digested food that gets left within the gut.  

Benefit of Psyllium Husk #2: Lower Cholesterol

Probably the most amazing benefit of Psyllium Husk is its potential to help lower cholesterol and contribute to a healthy circulatory system. 

A study conducted in 1988 found that eight weeks of Psyllium Husk consumption reduced total cholesterol levels by 14.8 percent, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 20.2 percent and the ratio of LDL cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 14.8 percent relative to baseline values. 

Additionally, another study published in The Journal of The American Medical Association found that compared with placebo, Psyllium Husk produced an 8.2 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, proving it to be a powerful daily tool for those with high cholesterol. 

It is believed that Psyllium Husk absorbs dietary cholesterol left in the gut and carries it out of the body.

Fun Fact: Psyllium Husk is one of the few foods the FDA allows to be labeled as "cholesterol lowering." Unfortunately they allow Cheerios to be labeled the same way. 

Benefit of Psyllium Husk #3: Weight Management

Another great benefit of Psyllium Husk is its ability to help with weight loss and healthy weight management. 

A 2007 study published in Clinical and Experimental Hypertension in August 2007 found that psyllium supplementation for a six-month period led to a decrease in body mass index.

The researchers concluded Psyllium Husk helps people feel more satiated reducing overeating and snacking. This is likely due to the expanding and gel creation process that occurs as it is being digested. 

Tip: If you are using Psyllium Husk for weight control, the researchers above recommended taking Psyllium before or during each meal as a tool to help you feel more full. Psyllium Husk between meals may not have the same weight management effect. 

Conclusion: Psyllium Husk is a powerful tool to have in your health and detoxification tool belt. Not only does it help to cleanse the colon and reduce putrefication from occuring in the gut, it also can help reduce cholesterol and weight management.