Plantago ovata, known by many common names including desert plantain, desert Indianwheat, blond psyllium, and ispaghul, is a medicinal plant native to Western and Southern Asia. The plant can be found growing wild in the southwestern United States where it is native.

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

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