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Old 07-20-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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Psyllium husk vs seed

I was reading about this at Marks Daily Apple.

I did not know that there was a difference and thought that psyllium powder (which I use), was just ground up husk.

I could never understand why one would use the rougher stuff.

Apparently the seed is the fine stuff which is prebiotic, supporting gut flora and the production of butyrate.

The husk is simply for bulk so you'll have a big poop.

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I didn't know there was a difference, either.

I think most psyllium powders ARE powdered husk.
I'm sure the labels would say seed or husk, and I've never seen seed sold anywhere--I've worked in 3 different health food stores. Also, my various bosses never mentioned the difference between seed & husk, and no customers ever asked me for seed.


I just searched for it and only found it in 1-lb bulk bags, sold by herb companies like Frontier & Starwest Botanical (I buy from them often, love & trust them).

Prebiotics I've used before (inulin, agave fiber) gave me painful cramping & terrible gas. But I'd like to be sure I'm getting them...maybe I'll try psyllium seed...

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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mountainroseherbs also has the seed powder. I think Frontier is still the main supplier to HFS. I know that the store where I get the powder uses Frontier....I will check to see if it is seed powder.

You may be right that the powder can be finely ground husk, although, I attempted to grind it in a coffee grinder and couldn't pulverize it. Even a finer texture did not eliminate the husk texture.

I think that even those who work in the HF industry are not aware that there is a difference.
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Turns out I have been getting the seed powder but the HFS is going out of business so now only have whole seed.

Starwest Botanicals has seed powder but w shipping it's not much different from Mountain Rose.
MR is in Eugene so I can pick it up when I'm up there.

1# is not a lot if you are using it on a regular basis....and, of course, it doesn't go bad. At least not in the jar in my fridge.
I know the husk doesn't go bad but if the seed has oil, it may become rancid if not stored properly.
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Interesting. I've never used psyllium in any form so am completely uninformed about the product. Do you know if it is something that would be *filling* in the tummy, so that it would help satisfy any feelings of hunger? Is it anything like glucomannan in that it absorbs many times it's own weight in water?
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Very similar in that way Pat. I sometimes take a couple of capsules of the psyllium with a big glass of water to ward off hunger pangs...

I have never used the Gluc, except as it comes in noodle form.
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Yes, like Kissa said. You must drink a lot of water w it. You can mix it in water and drink it like a shot...but it also works as a thickening agent so you can add it to soup, smoothies/eggnog, baked goods, etc.
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