Isabgol (Psyllium) Husk Seeds and Powder
Arab: Bazre-quatuna, Bazre-katina
Bengali: Esphopgol, Isabgul, Isshopgul, Ispaghul.
Botanical Name : Plantago Ovata Husk.
Common Name : Psyllium Husk, Psyllium Seeds, Plantago, Ispaghula, Fleam, Isabgol Husk Powder, Desert Indian Wheat.
English: Ispaghula, Psyllium, Blond Psyllium, Spogel Seeds, Ripple Grass.
Family Name : Plantaginaceae.
German: Indische Psylli-samen.
Gujarati: Isapgol, Isafghol, Ghoda Jeeru, Umtojeeru, Uthamujeerun.
Hindi: Isabgol, Isabgul, Issufgul, Ispaghul, Isubgol.
Kanada: Isofgolu, Visamagolu, issabagolu, Isabakolu
Malayam: Karkatasringi, Snigddhajirakam, Ispaghal
Marathi: Isabgola, Isapghol
Persian: Ispaghol, Isparzah, Thikam-daridah, Zhikam-daridah, Isabghul
Punjabi: Lisapghol, Bartang, Abghol
Sanskrit: Ashwagol, Ishadgola, Ashwakarnabeeja, Sheetabeeja, Ishrawarabola, Snigdhajeeraka
Sinhalese: Isphgol Vithai
Tamil: Iskolvirai, Iskol, Isphagol, Ishappukolvirai, Ishappukol
Telugu: Isphagula, Isapgaluvittulu, Isapagala
Isabgol is also called Isphagula and Psyllium. It is obtained from the seed husks of Plantago ovata. Its common name is Desert Indian wheat. Isabgol is one of the excellent sources of dietary fibers. These seed husks are an excellent natural remedy for colon cleansing.
Isabgol fibers absorb waste in the stomach and removes it out from the colon. It allows healthier colon and improves digestion. It is the best remedy for weight loss, constipation and digestive cleansing. It provides fiber in low carb diet plans. For every 100 grams of herb, isabgol provides 71 grams of fiber. The husk soaks up excess water in the intestine, cleanses the digestive tract and relieves problems such as diarrhea, bloating and constipation.
Following are some of the health benefits of isabgol:
Reduces cholesterol level – Isabgol can reduce LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body.
Weight loss – The husk enables healthy weight loss.
Controls diarrhea – Isabgol can prevent diarrhea and dehydration caused by it.
Blood glucose level – It regulates insulin and blood glucose level.
Anal fissures – It can cure anal fissures caused by IBS and constipation and keeps the bowel healthy.
Colon Cancer – Isabgol is effective against colon cancer and prevents cancer formation.
Hormonal imbalance stabilization – Its intake is beneficial for those women who face hormonal imbalance because of menopause. Isabgol intake can enhance estrogen production in the body and control hormonal imbalance.
Toothache – The herb also relieves toothache. It should be soaked in vinegar and applied on tooth. Isabgol prevents flatulence and indigestion. This is one of the inexpensive treatment.
The fiber present in Isabgol is soluble in nature and helps to control the blood cholesterol levels. Isabgol forms a thin layer on the intestines and prevents the absorption of cholesterol in to the arteries. Thus the cholesterol levels in the body is maintained. It also helps to regulate the blood glucose levels and insulin response by decreasing the absorption of fats and glucose.
Isabgol is recommended for relief of problems associated with chronic constipation such as piles, fissures and fistulas. Isabgol helps to moisten the hard stools and brings down the burning sensation after defecation. It helps to reduce strain during defecation in persons suffering from cardio vascular diseases, hernia and pregnancy.
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