What is Plantago ?
Plantago is the common word used to refer to fibers , this fiber is characterized by being water soluble (hydrophilic) and gel forming while possessing low fermentability.
clinically used as a stomach bulk forming agent , This bulk is retained in stomach then in the colon despite microflora as Plantago is poorly fermented (highly fermented fibers may be metabolized by bacteria in the colon, and water retaining properties with the fiber would be lost in this scenario).
Plantago is proven to increase fecal size and moisture, and the most common characteristics of stool following supplementation of Plantago are ‘soft, sleek, and easily passable.’ Relative to other sources of dietary fiber, Plantago appears to be more effective at forming feces and appears to be one of the few fiber sources not associated with excessive flatulence.
Beyond the fecal properties, Plantago appears to be able to reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in persons with high cholesterol (secondary to the gel forming properties leeching bile acids, and cholesterol being used up to replace hepatic bile acids) and there is a slight reduction of HDL as well. This is common to all dietary fibers and is not unique to plantago.
There appears to be some glucose reducing properties associated with plantago supplementation that may benefit diabetics,These are not overly potent, but appear reliable as long as Plantago is taken; cessation of Plantago usage is associated with a loss of the glucose reduction, and this may be common to all soluble dietary fibers rather than just Plantago .
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