To make the best organic drinks in the market, Bona Vita formulates each one with various nutrient-packed crops. For example, our 8-in-1 Choco drink, which contains many great ingredients that help boost your overall health. It includes well-known superfoods like Chlorella and Mangosteen, but it also contains less popular — but equally powerful — ingredients like Psyllium Husks.
Not sure what this ingredient is or what role it plays for your health? Then keep reading! In this article, we cover all the health benefits of Psyllium Husks that you can get in every cup of Bona Vita’s 8-in-1 Choco!
Psyllium husks, also known as ispaghula, are taken from a plant called Plantago ovata. Specifically, this is taken from the plant’s seeds and is a type of soluble fiber. It’s similar to the fiber found in foods like oats, nuts, seeds, beans, and peas.
Soluble fibers like psyllium husks are most commonly known as a digestive supplement or laxative. However, many studies show that this ingredient is beneficial to other parts of the body.
Here are the possible health benefits of psyllium husks and the reasons why we decided to add this plant to our 8-in-1 Choco drink:
Psyllium husks, as we mentioned, are primarily known for their laxative effect. This nutrient binds to partially digested food as it passes from your stomach to your small intestine. Here, it draws in the water towards the mass, which helps in creating bigger and easier-to-pass stools.
This is great for those who experience chronic constipation. Studies show that having psyllium husks in your diet as little as twice a week could significantly decrease the risk of constipation.
Psyllium husks can do more for your digestion than just relieving constipation. They can also help treat diarrhea. Thanks to its ability to draw in the water towards digested food, it can increase its mass and slow down its movement through your bowels.
This significantly decreases the symptoms of diarrhea and reduces the number of bowel movements per day. As a result, taking in psyllium through our drink can help treat both constipation and diarrhea, and help you achieve healthier bowel movements.
Fiber is an essential nutrient when it comes to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Psyllium husks can play a crucial role in reducing insulin and lowering your blood sugar levels, thanks to the same mechanisms it uses to help your digestive system
Because psyllium husks help slow down the movement of food in your body, it means it also slows down the production of glucose (a.k.a. blood sugar), a byproduct of digestion. Thus, psyllium husk helps keep your blood sugar levels in check. As a result, your energy boost after a meal is more sustainable, and you’re less likely to experience a sugar crash.
Psyllium husks specifically bind to the fat and bile acids in the food you eat. Binding to them helps your body excrete them more easily.
But, your body needs bile acids. So your liver needs to produce more to replace those that were lost with the psyllium husks. Your liver uses up cholesterol to produce more, which helps in reducing your blood cholesterol levels.
Additionally, psyllium husk encourages the absorption of “good” cholesterol, also called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is good for your overall health.
Getting to a healthy weight range is a concern for many people, especially as you get older. The psyllium husk in our drink can help you achieve a healthier weight and maintain it easily.
This is because this nutrient increases your feeling of satiety after you have it with a meal. In simpler words, this drink makes you feel full for longer. This feeling will help you cut back on food cravings, keep your appetite manageable, and control the amount you have every meal.
Any kind of fiber is good for your heart. This nutrient helps the heart function smoothly and decreases the risk of certain conditions.
Soluble fibers like those in psyllium husks are good at lowering your cholesterol levels, which in turn reduces your chances of having a stroke and coronary heart disease. Psyllium husks also help your heart by lowering blood pressure, improving lipid levels, and strengthening heart muscle — all of which improve your heart’s overall health.
People with diabetes have to be extra careful about what they eat, especially when it comes to sweet treats like chocolate drinks. By adding psyllium husk to our formula, our drink can be enjoyed without making your blood sugar levels or insulin shoot up. Instead, these fibers can help you maintain a healthy glycemic balance.
Prebiotics are nondigestible compounds that are beneficial to your gut. Specifically, it is needed to promote the growth of “good” bacteria in your gut microbiome, while keeping the “bad” bacteria in check. This is important for helping your body fight off inflammation and supporting healthy immune function.
Psyllium husks can act as a prebiotic as they ferment when they come into contact with your intestine. This fermentation process allows it to have the same effects as prebiotic foods, such as bananas, asparagus, and peas. But, unlike these foods, psyllium husk ferments much more slowly, which releases less gas. The result is the same great effects of adding prebiotics to your diet but without digestive comfort.
Though they are mostly known for their laxative effects, there are many other health benefits of psyllium husk, which is why it is an important ingredient in our organic drinks.
Get all of these advantages for your overall health and more with every cup of Bona Vita’s 8-in-1 Choco drink!
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