All types of fiber can be good for the heart. The American Heart Association says that dietary fiber can improve cholesterol, and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
Psyllium’s unique 70:30 ratio of soluble to insoluble fiber not only provides digestive benefits, but it also supports a healthy heart. The soluble fibers found in psyllium fiber have shown to be particularly effective in reducing blood triglycerides (a type of fat), blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease.
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized a health claim that soluble fibers from psyllium husk, beta glucan in oats, and beta-glucan in barley can reduce the risk of heart disease. The reason psyllium is so good for your heart is because of its ability to lower blood total- and LDL-cholesterol levels.
How Can Psyllium Husk Help Lower Cholesterol?
So how does psyllium husk lower cholesterol levels? Psyllium binds to fat and bile acids in the digestive tract, helping your body to excrete them. This prompts the liver to create more bile acids. In order to do this, the liver uses stored cholesterol, thereby decreasing overall cholesterol in your body.
Clinical studies on psyllium husk supplementation have discovered significant benefits for the following conditions:
*Reduced blood total- and LDL-cholesterol levels in those with high cholesterol levels
*Increased HDL levels in patients with type 2 diabetes
*Decreased LDL levels for healthy subjects
*Substantially decreased blood triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes
*Significantly improved blood pressure levels in hypertensive, overweight, and obese patients
100% organic, non-GMO whole husk sylly is an excellent dietary supplement to promote a healthy heart and lower LDL cholesterol.
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- Psyllium (Plantago ovata) Husk: A Wonder Food for Good Health
- FDA: Health Claims: Soluble Fiber from Certain Foods and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
- Effect of Psyllium (Plantago ovata) Fiber on LDL cholesterol and Alternative Lipid Targets, Non-HDL Cholesterol and Apolipoprotein B
- Evidence-Based Approach to Fiber Supplements and Clinically Meaningful Health Benefits, Part 1
- Fiber Supplements and Clinically Proven Health Benefits: How to Recognize and Recommend an Effective Fiber Therapy