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psyl·li·um

 (sĭl′ē-əm)
n.
1. Any of several annual Eurasian plants of the genus Plantago, especially P. ovata or P. afra, having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in dense spikes.
2. The seed husks of any of these plants, widely used as a mild bulk laxative and sometimes added to foods as a dietary source of soluble fiber.

[New Latin, from Greek psullion, from Greek psulla, flea (from the flealike appearance of the seeds ).]

psyllium

(ˈsɪlɪəm)
n
(Plants) a grain, Plantago psafra, the husks of which are used medicinally as a laxative and to reduce blood cholesterol levels
[C16: Latin, from Greek psulla flea, due to the resemblance of the seeds to fleas]

psyl•li•um

(ˈsɪl i əm)

n.
2. the seeds of the fleawort, used as a mild laxative esp. in breakfast cereals.
[1595–1605; < New Latin < Greek psýllion, psyllíon, derivative of psýlla flea]
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Noun1.psyllium - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxativepsyllium - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative
plantain - any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
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Psyllium may find use in weight loss applications and for lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Each morning drink psyllium husk dissolved in fruit juice to prevent constipation.
PSYLLIUM HUSKS These act like a loofah in the bowel to get things moving if you need some help.
Dried plums promote digestive health and are palatable and more effective than psyllium for the treatment of mild to moderate constipation, and should be considered as first-line therapy.
SHOPPING LIST: Psyllium husks or milled flaxseeds will cleanse your intestines and colon.
Although the dietary fiber supplement psyllium has long been used as the primary ingredient of many laxative and colon cleanse products, it does not do a complete job of internal cleansing by itself.
Medications including fibre preparations such as psyllium and osmolar laxatives.
MediNu tritionals has also launched Patient One C-Cleanse, a comprehensive fiber-based cleansing and colon health formula that contains 5,000 mg of psyllium husk powder as well as a proprietary Cleanse Blend that includes papaya, peppermint, buckthorn, celery seed, bayberry root, rose hips and apple pectin powders to support the body's ability to rid itself of accumulated toxins.
They included xanthan gum, made by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris; the plant-cell-wall compound lignin, to which calcium was added so that lignin could act as an adhesive; and psyllium, whose seed coat contains mucilage, a natural glue.
I also recommend taking a highly viscous dietary fiber supplement such as PGX, guar gum, or psyllium before meals to help stabilize Blood sugar levels throughout the day and night.
The second trial compared the fiber to psyllium, a dietary fiber that is used as an ingredient in high-fiber foods.
Good sources of soluble fiber include oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots.