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Blond psyllium seed

Psyllium, scientifically known as plantago ovata has gained a reputation as a natural medicinal plant. Psyllium is the common name used for several members of the plant genus Plantago and Plantago ovata, Psyllium husk and Ispaghula husk are other generic name for this imperative plant. The genus Plantago has more than 200 species which is grown all over the world but P. ovata and P. psyllium are produced commercially in several, American, South Asian and European countries as a major seasonal crop due to its seed mucilage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food grade properties. Psyllium is mainly used as a dietary fiber to relieve symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea, and occasionally as a food thickener. The actual plants of psyllium grows up to 15 cm tall and is covered in fuzzy, white hair at right angles to the stems and leaves. The leaves are narrowly linear, basal and green. The leaves put up spikes of small flowers that mature into seedpods. The seeds are small (1.5–2 cm) and brown or reddish-brown. Seeds of this plant constitute a large amount of mucilage and albuminous matter. The seed are dried and crushed to separate the husk by winnowing. India is the largest grower of psyllium and provides about 85% of the psyllium available in the world market

Scientific name

Plantago ovata

Other names

Blond plantain, Psyllium seed

Ayurvedic name

Isabgol, Ispaghula

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Mucilaginous, Bland

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