Blond psyllium is an ingredient that is sometimes seen in formulas for weight loss pills. It can be listed under that name as well as under a range of other names such as: dietary fiber, ispaghul, isabgola, blond plantago, che qian zi, Englishman’s foot, balle de psyllium, Indian plantago, plantaginis ovatae semen, ispagol and several others. Whichever name is used, it is all referring to the same substance.
When it all comes down to it, blond psyllium is a type of herb. When used for medicinal purposes, it is the seed and the seed husk that are used. The most common reason that this substance is used as an ingredient in supplements is as a laxative or stool softener. This makes it a common ingredient in products meant for people with anal fissures, for people suffering from hemorrhoids and for people who have had anal surgery. It is also used to help in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, dysentery and ulcerative colitis symptoms.
That said, other types of reasons that blond psyllium may be taken include weight loss, weight maintenance, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and serious renal disease.
When this ingredient is contained in food, some manufacturers say that the blond psyllium in the recipe, in combination with a low-fat diet, may assist in reducing the risk of heart disease. The FDA has permitted this claim, provided that there is at least 1.7 grams of blond psyllium per serving of whatever food it happens to be. The key term in that claim is the word “may”, which points out that while it is possible, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will happen.
While this ingredient is considered to be effective for treating constipation, that is the only condition for which the use of the substance is considered to be “proven”, for all intents and purposes.
Still, when it comes to weight loss, most sources typically say that blond psyllium is likely effective in helping with that effort when combined with an appropriate diet and fitness routine. Still, before it can actually be considered to be proven, it will still need to undergo more medical testing. This will help to make sure that it is not only effective but that it is also safe. It will help to understand the ideal dosage for best results without suffering from side effects. This research will also help to identify potential medical complications and drug interactions.