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Psyllium husk – or psyllium fiber – is a water-loving substance within it is the outer layer of the psyllium seeds from the psyllium plant, Plantago ovata, and is considered a valuable source of fiber.3 It is made of what is referred to as mucilage and is obtained through mechanical milling or grinding to remove the seed’s outer layer, where the fiber is highly concentrated. This psyllium fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that can provide several health-related benefits.
Psyllium is best known for its uses in digestive health but can also help provide health benefits such as helping lower cholesterol† and helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels*. Psyllium fiber is made up of both soluble and insoluble types of fiber though the majority is soluble.