Psyllium seeds are usually sown between October and December and after a few days, germination begins. Around two months later, the characteristic flowers start to bloom, and by spring, the seeds are ready to be harvested.  It is very important to get the timing right, otherwise the seeds may fall to the ground and scatter in the wind before there is a chance to collect them.  Hand sickles are used to cut the crop 15cm or so above the ground, after which it is placed in heaps and dried outside for a day or two. The harvested plant is threshed in order to loosen out the seeds, which are then collected and transported for processing. On average, one hectare can produce 1000 kg of seed. 
CaptureAt the processing mill, seeds are cleaned and passed through special vibrating sieves that eliminate dust and sand particles. All seeds are carefully examined at this stage and any broken or underdeveloped ones are disposed of.  
The selected seeds are put through a grinder and the husk separated from the kernel. A gravity separator is used to remove any final impurities. This meticulous yet straightforward method of processing ensures our organic psyllium husks can be enjoyed in their simple, raw form with all their health-giving benefits still intact. 
Psyllium husks are high in fibre. With mucilage content of around 20-30%, psyllium husks assist in the movement and elimination of food through our system. As psyllium is hydrophilic (i.e. readily absorbs water), it is extremely effective as a bulking agent.
Psyllium husks should be taken with plenty of water and fluid consumption must remain high throughout the day.  Asthma and severe allergy sufferers are advised to avoid psyllium as serious reactions have been reported in some cases.
Why is fiber important?
Fiber offers many health benefits, especially the fiber found in psyllium! Not only does the insoluble fiber in psyllium act as a bulking agent to improve digestive regularity, its soluble fiber content blocks fat and cholesterol absorption, making it essential to heart health.
Filling up on high fiber foods or taking psyllium as a fiber supplement may also help you feel full for a longer period of time and leave you with less room for less healthy food options.
5 out of 5
By SaminOz | Posted on: 17/12/2015
Couldn't Do Without It.
Really works for me, an easy way to get good fibre on top of your regular daily intake.