Psyllium seeds, Ispaghol, اسپغول ثابت
Psyllium is a robust herb that grows around the world but is most commonly found in Pakistan, which remains the largest producer of psyllium husk today. It is also referred to as Isabghol (Ispaghol in Pakistan), derived from the Sanskrit words “asp” and “ghol,” together meaning “horse flower.” The whole seed has been used in traditional Iranian medicine for hundreds of years.
The inner seed contains many starches and fatty acids, making it an excellent natural additive for animal feed. Psyllium husk is the outer coating of the psyllium seed. It is full of fiber and mucilage, making it beneficial for gut health and other purpose. The soluble portion easily absorbs water, causing it to expand in the gut. This has the dual effect of softening the stool and physically stimulating gut transport. The insoluble fiber is not water absorbent but still helps draw water into the gut and physically stimulates gut flow. It also adds bulk, contributing to larger, firmer stool.