Plantago ovata

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Plantago ovata
Plantago ovata form.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Plantago
P. ovata
Binomial name
Plantago ovata
  • Plantago brunnea Morris
  • Plantago fastigiata Morris
  • Plantago gooddingii A.Nels. & Kennedy
  • Plantago insularis Eastw.
  • Plantago minima A.Cunningham

Plantago ovata, known by many common names including blond plantain,[1] desert Indianwheat,[2] blond psyllium,[3] and ispaghul,[3] is a medicinal plant native to Western Asia and Southern Asia. The plant can be found growing wild in the southwestern United States, where it is considered a possibly introduced species.[4]

It is a common source of psyllium, a type of dietary fiber.[5] Psyllium seed husks are indigestible and are a source of soluble fiber which may be fermented into butyrate – a pharmacologically active short-chain fatty acid – by butyrate-producing bacteria.[6].

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  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ USDA PLANTS, retrieved 10 June 2016
  3. ^ a b USDA GRIN Taxonomy, retrieved 10 June 2016
  4. ^ "Plantago ovata Forssk". n.d. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Medlineplus. Blond psyllium (a.k.a. Plantago ovata). Effectiveness, interactions with medications, etc.
  6. ^ Fernández-Bañares F, Hinojosa J, Sánchez-Lombraña JL, Navarro E, Martínez-Salmerón JF, García-Pugés A, González-Huix F, Riera J, González-Lara V, Domínguez-Abascal F, Giné JJ, Moles J, Gomollón F, Gassull MA (1999). "Randomized clinical trial of Plantago ovata seeds (dietary fiber) as compared with mesalamine in maintaining remission in ulcerative colitis. Spanish Group for the Study of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (GETECCU)". Am. J. Gastroenterol. 94 (2): 427–33. doi:10.1016/s0002-9270(98)00753-9. PMID 10022641.

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