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Psyllium, Plantago ovata

Family:

Plantaginaceae

Found in:

Medicinal Garden

By Stan Shebs [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gideon Pisanty (Gidip) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Stan Shebs [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Medicinal Garden information:

Reduces cholesterol. Note Psyllium must be commerically prepared.

Taking blond psyllium orally reduces cholesterol in patients with mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia

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Commercially prepared can serve as a laxative

Research shows taking black psyllium orally works as a bulk laxative and reduces constipation. Black psyllium seed forms a mucilaginous mass when mixed with water and has a bulk laxative effect.

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