Psyllium (Plantago psyllium) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™

psylliumPsyllium (Plantago psyllium) husk is a main active ingredient in FortiFi™. Psyllium is a rich source of dietary fiber, which is essential for a healthy diet. The American Dietetic Association reports that taking psyllium on a daily basis provides lower cholesterol levels, which may help reduce risk of heart disease. (1)

Psyllium husk possess the ability to bind cholesterol and bile acids and to remove them from the body. Clinical trials proved psyllium ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.

The American Council of Science and Health suggests that psyllium has a good colon cleanse function because it speeds waste matter  through the digestion , which shortens the amount of time toxic substances stay in the body and, as a result, helps relieve and prevent intestinal problems.
Psyllium fiber may help control weight, because it contains no calories, provides a sense of fullness, suppresses the appetite.

The genus Plantago contains over 200 species. P. ovata and P. psyllium are produced commercially in several European countries, the former Soviet Union, Pakistan, and India. Plantago seed, known commercially as black, French, or Spanish psyllium, is obtained from P. psyllium L., also known as P. arenaria. Seed produced from P. ovata is known in trading circles as white or blonde psyllium, Indian plantago, or Isabgol.Isabgol, the common name in India for P. ovata, comes from the Persian words asb and ghol, meaning "horse flower," which is descriptive of the shape of the seed. India dominates the world market in the production and export of psyllium. Psyllium research and field trials in the U.S. have been conducted mainly in Arizona and Washington State.

Recent interest in psyllium has arisen primarily due to its use as an ingredient in high-fiber breakfast cereals, which is claimed to be effective in reducing blood cholesterol levels in those who consume it. Several studies point to a cholesterol reduction attributed to a diet that includes dietary fiber such as psyllium. Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia.

Research also indicates that psyllium incorporated into food products is more effective at reducing blood glucose response than use of a soluble-fiber supplement that is separate from the food. Although the cholesterol-reducing and glycemic-response properties of psyllium-containing foods are fairly well documented, the effect of long-term inclusion of psyllium in the diet has not been determined. Cases of allergic reaction to psyllium-containing cereal have been documented.(2)

Psyllium (Plantago psyllium) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™


1. Federal Register, Vol. 62, May 22, 1997, pp. 28234-28245.
2. Wikipedia