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Prebiotics (1) - Inulin - Diet, Cholesterol, Bone health!

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"Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics, supporting the growth and activation of beneficial gut bacteria, which can help with gut health, metabolism, mental health, and bone health. While consuming probiotics alone is beneficial for health, taking both probiotics and prebiotics together can be more effective in enhancing gut health."

 

Prebiotics include fructooligosaccharides (FOS), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), and inulin. Here, we will discuss inulin.

Effects of Inulin

1. Constipation Relief: Inulin has the ability to absorb water and expand, which increases the amount of stool and helps alleviate constipation. The "International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition" reports various studies on the effects of inulin on gut health, particularly in relieving constipation across different age groups (children, adults, and the elderly).

Especially in the elderly, who typically have fewer beneficial bacteria and lower activity levels, making them more prone to constipation, a study published in the journal (posted November 2010) found that elderly participants who consumed inulin had significantly increased concentrations of beneficial gut bacteria, improved digestion satisfaction, and reduced difficulty in bowel movements.

2. Appetite Reduction and Weight Loss: Inulin can help suppress appetite and prevent overeating. According to" Food & Nutrition Research", when 40 women participants consumed inulin-type fructans every morning at 16g per day for a week, they ate less at lunch and experienced reduced appetite.

Also, overweight and obese adults who consumed bars containing inulin for 12 weeks showed a reduction in hunger and appetite, leading to decreased food intake.

3. Cholesterol Reduction and Heart Health Improvement: Inulin affects the production of liver enzymes that influence fat production and increases enzymes in muscles that break down fat. It helps produce short-chain fatty acids that suppress autoimmune diseases and obesity, and it aids in removing cholesterol from the body, thus preventing high blood pressure, heart disease, and other metabolic disorders.

 

4. Bone Health Improvement: Inulin helps produce short-chain fatty acids, which lower the pH in the colon, increasing the solubility of calcium and magnesium and enhancing their absorption into the body.

A study published in The "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in 2005 showed that adolescents who consumed inulin for one year had higher calcium absorption rates and bone density compared to those who did not, and the study found that adults also had increased calcium absorption when consuming inulin.

Foods Rich in Inulin
Inulin, a type of soluble dietary fiber, is found in bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus, chicory root, burdock, cassava, and Jerusalem artichokes.

Precautions When Consuming Inulin
Although the US FDA has deemed inulin as a safe substance, excessive intake can lead to side effects such as diarrhea, abdominal bloating, belching, and irritable bowel syndrome.

When consuming inulin in supplement form rather than as food, it is advisable to start with a small amount and gradually increase to the recommended dose. The elderly and pregnant women should consult their primary care physician before consuming.

 

 

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