Supplement Forms/Alternate Names
- Psyllium Fiber; Plantago ovate ; Plantaginis ovatae testa ; Plantaginis ovatae Semen; Indian Plantago; Ispagol; Ispaghul; Pale Psyllium; Spogel; Blonde Psyllium
Principal Proposed Uses
Psyllium is a fiber that comes from a plant called Plantago ovata (blonde psyllium). The plant has tiny, gel-coated seeds. Psyllium is found in the seeds’ husk. Psyllium is soluble, meaning that it can dissolve in water. When preparing psyllium for commercial use, the seeds are first harvested and cleaned. In some formulations, the husks are separated from the seeds and processed; in others, the husk remains intact. Black psyllium ( P. afra ), another variety of the seed, is also available.
Dosages are specific to the product containing psyllium. Therefore, it is best to check the product label for the appropriate dosage. However, below is general dosage information for powdered psyllium.
What Is the Scientific Evidence for Psyllium?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Interactions You Should Know About
- Amitriptyline (Elavil)
- Doxepin (Sinequan)
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Seizure medicines
- Cholesterol-lowering medicines
- Diabetes medicines
- Heart medicines
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -