Psyllium: The Wonder Fiber

Herbal Fiberblend and Fit ’n Fiber are AIM dietary supplements that include psyllium (Plantago ovata) as an ingredient. Psyllium is one of the finest sources of supplemental fiber for alleviating constipation and restoring regular bowel movements.

Native to the Mediterranean region and West Asia, psyllium is a low-growing, herbaceous plant with a white flower spike. As many as 15,000 seeds with mucilaginous properties can be produced by each psyllium plant.

It is the seeds that give psyllium its name, which originated from the Greek word for flea, comparable to the size, shape and whitish color of the seeds. The outer coating of psyllium seeds (husks) that is used as an AIM ingredient provides roughly 70 percent soluble fiber and 30 percent insoluble fiber.1

Psyllium’s insoluble fiber absorbs water without dissolving and bulks up stools for easier elimination. On the other hand, psyllium’s predominantly soluble fiber begins to dissolve after contact with fluids in the body, forming a gel-like substance that passes intact and unfermented throughout the gastrointestinal tract. This water-retaining gel is at the heart of psyllium’s other health benefits.

The presence of psyllium husk as an ingredient in Herbal Fiberblend for digestive health and Fit ’n Fiber for weight management reflects the versatility of this supplemental fiber. Both dietary supplements increase fiber intake and provide all of psyllium’s benefits for maintaining good health.


Published by The AIM Companies

The AIM Companies pioneered the use of plants—barley, carrots, and beets—as vehicles to deliver the body concentrated nutrition conveniently. Founded in 1982 in Nampa, Idaho, The AIM Companies has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, providing AIM products to more than 30 countries around the world.

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