THE BENEFITS OF INULIN
- Inulin is a fructooligosaccharide (FOS), a type of water-soluble prebiotic fiber found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, chicory root & other foods.
- Prebiotics help nourish beneficial bacteria in your body. These beneficial bacteria in turn assist with digestion and absorption of your food and play a significant role in your immune function.
- In your gut, inulin is converted into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are then converted to healthy ketones that feed your tissues. SCFAs may also nourish colon cells and produce more appetite-controlling hormones, (leptin) in your body.
- Inulin was found to decrease liver fat, visceral fat (belly fat) and internal fat around organs. This condition leads to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
- Inulin helps promotes weight loss. When combined with water, inulin bulks up and forms a gel-like substance that expands in the digestive tract. This can help decrease appetite and cravings (lowers ghrelin [think gremlin] the hunger hormone) — potentially helping with weight loss.
- Inulin may lower your risk of diabetes. Inulin has a sweet taste making it useful as a sugar replacement.
- Inulin may improve heart health by lowering blood triglycerides, cholesterol and lipoprotein.
- Inulin improves constipation by absorbing water and swells to form a natural lubricating gel.
- Inulin helps to stimulate and support your immune system by feeding and enhancing beneficial bacteria in your intestine
Dose: The recommended dose for people with an average digestive function can be 5-10 grams (1-2 teaspoons) of inulin a day. Some people report slight stomach discomfort, flatulence or loose bowels. You can minimize your risk of discomfort by starting with half a teaspoon once or twice a day and increase your intake over time. It is important to drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day.