Fiberich offers health benefits which can be scientifically verified though various clinical studies.
Psyllium has a long history of use as a bulk forming laxative. It absorbs water and waste material as it passes through the intestinal tract and expands to form a soft, bulky mass that quickly passes through the large intestine smoothly and easily thereby helping in preventing or reducing the severity of constipation.
Psyllium may be helpful in weight loss and preventing obesity by its low glycemic response of food and bulkT forming nature which creates a feeling of fullness.
Coronary Heart Disease
High Blood cholesterol levels have been associated with coronary heart disease. The body removes cholesterol through the excretion of bile acids. Psyllium binds bile acids to increase the excretion of cholesterol from the body.
Studies provide strong support for the cholesterol-lowering properties of Psyllium and for its effective use for decreasing the risk of coronary heart disease. Consumption of 10.2 gm Psyllium per day lowers serum total cholesterol by 4% and LDL cholesterol by 7% in subjects already consuming a low-fat diet, with no effect on serum HDL or triacylglycerol concentrations.
In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of a health claim in the labeling of foods and dietary supplements containing Psyllium husk. The health claim states that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 gm of soluble fiber per day from Psyllium, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol.
Psyllium may decrease the glycemic response of foods and, thereby, may help to regulate blood glucose concentrations, possibly assist in the control of Diabetes. The effect of Psyllium husk was studied in 34 men with Type 2 Diabetes and Hypercholesterolemia given either a placebo or 5.1 gm Psyllium twice daily for eight weeks. All-day and after lunch and dinner glucose concentrations were respectively 11.0% and 19.2% lower in the Psyllium than in the placebo group.
The viscous nature of Psyllium produces softer stools which are easier to pass, thereby reducing the pain associated with hemorrhoids.