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Psylium Husk: Grades and Technical Specifications
Psyllium Husks

Psyllium Husk

  • Psyllium husk is white fibrous material derived from the outer coating of the psyllium seed, like the bran layer of grains.
  • The husk of Psyllium is the actual coating of mucilage around the seed. It is considered pure dietary fiber and is the only part of the plant used in manufacturing Psyllium products. Psyllium Husk
  • There are several species of psyllium, but the seed husks from Plantago ovata, also known as blonde psyllium, are the best quality and have the highest fiber content.
  • Psyllium husk consists of the epidermis and the collapsed adjacent layers removed from the dried ripe seeds of Plantago Ovata.
  • Psyllium Husks is valued for its Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals and Medicinal application. It is generally treated as a laxative in the world market.
  • Psyllium Husk contains about 30% Mucilage, mainly Xylose, Arabinose and Galacturonic Acid.
  • Psyllium Husk is a natural agent to provide sufficient dietary fibre to the fibre deficient food.
  • Psyllium husks promote easy, healthy elimination and sweep waste out of the colon more quickly. To maintain regularity and speed waste removal, take 1 to 3 servings a day, either with or between meals. The soluble fiber found in psyllium husks plays an important role in lowering cholesterol.
  • Psyllium husks do not contain any gluten so people who are gluten sensitive can use them.
  • Psyllium husk may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels, and is known to help alleviate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, though it often causes uncomfortable bloating.
  • Psyllium husks are a concentrated source of dietary fiber with many health benefits, composed mostly of hemicelluloses. They are not digested in the small intestine, but are partially broken down in the colon, where they act as a food source for friendly flora. Mostly, they act as a sponge in the intestinal tract, swelling as they absorb water, toxins and waste material. This forms a soft, bulky mass that passes through the colon more quickly and evacuates more smoothly and easily.
  • Psyllium husk contains huge amount of soluble and insoluble natural fibers responsible for its laxative action.
  • Psyllium husk is often labeled a "bulk-forming laxative", which can be misleading, because it can also help diarrhoea and it does not cause bowel dependency.
  • When psyllium Husk is mixed with water or other liquids like juice, it forms a gel like gelatinous mass. It moves down the digestive organ soaking up toxins and harmful residues, it flushes out toxins of the body through stools.
  • Soluble fibers content of Psyllium husk has ability to bind with bile acids - an important player in digestion of fats found in our body from cholesterol. This process lowers circulating blood cholesterol level, by excretion of those facts.
  • Psyllium Husk is a complete natural fibre and does not contain any additives or preservatives.
Nutrition of Psyllium Husk

Psyllium Husk: Nutrition

  • Glycosides
  • Proteins
  • Polysaccharides
  • Vitamin B1
  • Choline
Psyllium Husk Properties

Psyllium Husk Properties


Husk: White, translucent, thin, boat shaped, 2-3 x 0.5-1 mm; odourless; taste bland, mucilaginous.

  • High affinity to water
  • Totally free from toxicity
  • Non-habit-forming
  • Easily produces gel by absorbing water and lubricates bowel
  • Chemically inert, acts mechanically in elementary canal and is not digested or absorbed by the body in any case
Processing Psylium Husk

Psylium Husk: Processing


Process consists of mainly a complete cleaning of seeds at the Pre-cleaning and Cleaning sections. Then moving to the Grinding Section where the clean seeds are passed through grinding mills at eight passes along with separation of husk through a closed circuit. The husk is then passed through Gravity separators for further purification before custom packaging.

Psylium Husk Grades and Technical Specifications

Psylium Husk: Grades and Technical Specifications


Psyllium Husk is available in various grades according to the purity and mesh size etc. to match the individual user needs. Psyllium Husks and Psyllium Seeds are graded according to the purity of the material.

Psyllium Husk : Technical Quality Specification


99% Pure

98% Pure

95% Pure

85% Pure

Mucilloid Content:

99% Min.

98% Min.

95% Min.

85% Min.

Light Extraneous Matter:





Heavy Extraneous Matter





Swell Volume





Moisture Content

Not More Than 10.0%

Total Ash

Not More Than 4.0%

Acid Insoluble Ash

Not More Than 0.75%


30 mesh to 100 mesh/ Can very as per specific requirement

Insect Infestation

For Husks: < 100 insect fragments including mites and psocids.
For Powder: < 400 insect fragments including mites and psocids.

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