Isabgol (Psylliums), the common name in India for ovata, comes from the Persian words “isap” and “ghol” that mean horse ear, which is descriptive of the shape of the seed. In India the use of isabgol is as old as the Ayurveda System of Medicine. Psyllium seed is an agri-product of dried ripe seeds of plantago ovata. Psyllium husk comes from the crushed seeds of the plant, plantago ovata. Psyllium husk is an essential product mainly for its mucilage content Psyllium husk has a long history of use in traditional and herbal medicines in the Middle East, United States, Europe, India, and China.
Psyllium seeds are an agri-farm product of dried ripe seeds of Plantago Ovata forks (farm. Plantaginancae) and it has been cleaned free for all dust, agri farm fibers, wastes, mud, stones, and iron particles.
The seed itself is made up of 40% Linoleic Acid (LA), an important fatty acid essential to health. The seed has the property of mucilage formation on the extraction of moisture. Psyllium seeds are cooling, laxative, soothing, anti acidic, anti-diuretic, and demulcent.
The husk of Psyllium is the actual coating of mucilage around the seed. It is considered pure dietary fiber and is the only part of the plant used in manufacturing Psyllium products.
Its nutritional value consists mainly of glycosides, proteins, polysaccharides, vitamin B1, and choline. The fiber content of over 80% compared to less than 15% for oat bran and 10% for wheat bran. The husk is composed mostly of a fiber called hemicellulose which is a complex carbohydrate found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Hemicellulose is indigestible however, it is partially broken down in the colon and feeds the friendly intestinal flora.
Psyllium Husk is separated from the seeds by a mechanical process where no Chemicals are used. Psyllium Husk is available mostly in four grades of purity i.e. 99% pure, 98% pure, 95% pure, and 85% pure.
Psyllium Husk Powder is processed from the Psyllium Husk which is grinded using Pulverize Machine in various particle sizes that are 40 meshes, 60 meshes, 80 meshes, 100 meshes in all grades of purity. Psyllium Husk and its Powder is used as a mild laxative spread in the United States and other European countries. Psyllium Husk Powder has high fiber and recently it has been started getting used in low carbohydrate treatment in the USA.