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herbal/dietary supplements (PSYLLIUM)
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Herbal/dietary supplement (Psyllium) Name Professor Institution Course Date “Psyllium” is a soluble fiber applicable mainly for dietary purposes. The plant’s origin is from a shrub herb known as “plantago ovata”, which is found worldwide, but mainly common in India.
“Psyllium” has also been applied to assist in regulation of blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes. The medicine mainly works when it gets into contact with water, whereby it swells and creates a gelatine like mass that assist in transporting waste through the intestinal passage. Additionally, a number of studies affirm that huge intake of fiber decreases the risk of suffering from colon cancer. But when it comes to constipation the “psyllium fiber” is known to relieve pain. It works by stimulating the intestines to contract, and expand therefore assisting in speeding up the passage of stool through the digestive region. In areas like Asia, Europe and North America “psyllium” is mainly used as a laxative (Herald, 2013). Research also affirms that large intake of fiber diet may assist in reducing insulin, and blood sugar intensity, and also enhance cholesterol levels in people suffering from diabetes. In addition, to people that are at risk the fiber helps in reducing the chance of development of the disease. “Psyllium” is also used as a medicine to people with diarrhoea problems. The fiber works by soaking up large amount of water available in the digestive region therefore making stool firmer and reduces its speed of passage (Alphonse, 2011). “Psyllium” is mainly found in form of dry seeds or husks. ...
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