One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A leafy-stemmed Eurasian plantain, the seeds of which are used as a laxative and as a bulking agent in the treatment of obesity.
Plantago afra, family Plantaginaceae
- ‘I also started taking 1,500 mg of the laxative herb psyllium.’
- ‘You can find generous quantities of soluble fiber in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.’
- ‘The second type of laxative is a lubricating bulk laxative, including demulcent herbs such as psyllium and flax seed.’
- ‘Although psyllium improved glucose and lipid parameters significantly more than placebo in 125 overweight patients with type 2 diabetes, there were no differences in weight loss.’
- ‘Total fat intake was also significantly lower in g/d and as a percentage of energy on the day of the meal with the psyllium treatment compared to water.’
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek psullion, from psulla ‘flea’ (because the seeds resemble fleas).
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