With the growing concern over colon health you have probably heard about psyllium fiber. Psyllium is a plant that is mainly grown in France, Spain and India. And, it is one of the highest sources of soluble fiber that can be found in nature!
The plant is grown commercially for it’s high mucilage content that is contained in the husks that cover the plants tiny seeds. The resulting material is hydrophilic, which means that it has a molecular structure that attracts water and binds itself to it.
This mucilaginous gel can absorb enough water to increase it’s volume many times over! At the same time it’s absorbing excess water, it’s also working to stimulate the bowels to eliminate waste from the body.
While psyllium is mainly used in laxative and fiber supplements, it’s has also made it’s way into food products such as cereal. In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration began allowing food manufacturers to make claims of the health benefits of psyllium on their labels.
For the FDA to approve such a claim there has got to be solid scientific evidence that the claim is true. Their decision was based on studies that showed significant and consistent lower levels of cholesterol in test subjects that consumed psyllium on a daily basis.