Psyllium husk is the covering of seeds grown on the psyllium plant. Psyllium husk contains high fibre count in comparison to other grains. It is an excellent means of getting more dietary fibre in diet.
Appropriate daily dietary fibre intake can help those suffering from diarrhea or constipation. A psyllium husk passes through the human digestive tract; it absorbs water, but is not digested. Psyllium husk also helps in controlling cholesterol.
Following are various benefits of Psyllium husk:
Psyllium husk is safe and has less or rare side effects. The following Psyllium husk side effects are uncommon but serious, and should be taken under consideration. It is recommended that it should be taken as prescribed by the doctor.
The dosage of Psyllium husks depends upon two major factors i.e severity of your health condition, as well as your age. A doctor who knows your medical history is the only person who can advice on how much psyllium husk you should take.
Initially, for adults, it’s beneficial to start with a lower dosage of psyllium husks to allow your body to become habituated to this new dietary fiber. Adults can take psyllium husks dose twice daily - 1 tsp. in 8 oz of water.
Children should not take psyllium husk without consulting the doctor. It is recommended that children above 6 yrs should take 1.5 to 3 g of psyllium husk in 4 to 8 oz. of water about 2-3 times a day.
The psyllium husk should be taken along with the appropriate quantity of water. Drink the mixture immediately after adding psyllium husk to water. If the mixture is not taken immediately, the psyllium husk expands in water and thus it becomes difficult to swallow them. It can cause the risk of choking throat or developing an intestinal blockage.