Organic Psyllium Husk Powder
Psyllium Husk Powder
Certified Organic by Organic Food Federation
Ideal For Use in Baking
May Aid in Digestion
About Psyllium Husk Powder
The psyllium husk plant (Plantago ovate), which is the source of psyllium husk powder, is a perennial plant whose roots are traced to the Asian continent. Other reference names that are also quite popular in the market setting include white psyllium, Isabgol, and Indian Plantago. It is also referred to as Psylla in certain parts of the world, including the U.S. Isabgol, the common term in Indian realms, is formed from joining two Persian words, ‘isap’ and ‘ghol’. Psyllium is a Greek term that means flea; the shape, colour, and size of the seed are likened to a flea due to the close resemblance. The words refer to a horse ear. The most important plant parts are the seeds and the husks. These two contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. However, the seed contains higher nutrient portions, especially soluble fiber, as compared to the husk. The soluble fiber present in ground seeds is highly water-absorbing. Grounded psyllium husk is tasteless. The small shiny psyllium husk seeds are encapsulated and released when the plant fully matures. The seed coat produces mucilage once the seeds are harvested and soaked in water. The mucilage, which is a white fibrous matter, comprises of a viscous gel which is rich in polysaccharides.
The psyllium husk plant resembles a shrub and gives produce on an annual basis. The small shiny seeds, which make up the major proportion of the powder, are obtained after the psyllium husks are dried. Each plant can produce up to 15,000 seeds in a good season. The plant grows to a height of about 0.5m. It has a well-developed solid tap root system. Several flower buds emanate from the plant’s base. Flowering begins approximately 60 days from the planting season. The psyllium husk plant thrives in both sandy and silty soils. They also thrive on sandy loam soils that drain properly. The soils don’t have to be nutrient-rich. Slightly alkaline conditions and high levels of potash in the soils have also been shown to significantly increase the yield of the seeds. Irrigation takes place before the seeds start to be propagated. This provides adequate amounts of moisture to the soil and prevents the seeds from being buried deeper when it rains later. Germination flourishes when the seeds are buried about 0.6 cm from the ground level. Planting is put off until, extremely cold conditions which could cause frost, end. Frost harms seedlings that have begun to sprout. Weeding is also carried out as soon as the growing season begins to prevent the weeds from competing with psyllium for resources. Once the plant matures, the leaves turn yellow while those found low on the plant just dry up. Harvesting is only carried out once the dew disappears to avoid any losses. The harvested parts of the plant are dried for a couple of days. After that, they are whipped and then winnowed to separate the seeds from the husks. The collected husks are then ground to obtain psyllium husk powder.
The psyllium husk plant has a history of more than 1000 years. It is indigenous to India and Pakistan. Other regions where it is grown on a large scale include North Africa and the Mediterranean region. It was used by Indians in the preparation of different cuisines as it resulted in a feeling of fullness and satiety. Also, it ensured that they had a healthy gut is the days succeeding the ceremonies they held
- Please note it is against MHRA guidelines for us to talk about any potential health benefits for this supplement however a quick google search on the potential benefits and you may be surprised.
How To Use
We suggest taking 1 or 2 teaspoons once or twice a day when required. It is recommended to start with a lower serving and gradually increase the intake. We recommend to mix with a large glass of water. It is important to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day when taking Psyllium husks.
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Made one loaf which came out very nicely so will experiment with other recipes and if successful this will be a store cupboard necessity.
Have not used this product to date. Want to say I’m pleased with the speed of delivery will order again in the future
I love it, this what I have expected
Really good. Better than Holland and Barrett
powder is too fine and results in a mushy congulate ,not husks