Plantain seed husks expand and become mucilaginous when wet, especially those of P. psyllium, which is used in common over-the-counter bulk laxative and fiber supplement products such as Metamucil. P. psyllium seed is useful for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, dietary fiber supplementation, and diverticular disease. Plantain has been consumed as human food since prehistory. For example, archaeological recovery along California's Central Coast has demonstrated use of this species as a food since the Millingstone Horizon.
Psyllium supplements are typically used in powder form, along with adequate amounts of fluids.
Main use in pharmaceutical formulations, lubricating laxative.
Useful in the treatment of intestinal tract problems like constipation and other minor disorders.
It is commercially used in Ice-creams as an substitute of sodium alginate as a stabilizer.
Also used in fresh fruit drinks, Jam, Bread, Biscuits, Rice cakes, instant noodles, breakfast cereals, etc.
Improves Softness and Texture, works as binder and stabilizer in pharmaceutical industry.
To avoid the stickiness in throat and mouth some companies prepare capsules for regular consumption.
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