The Science of Inulin
Inulin is a prebiotic fiber that comes from the Chicory root. It is widely studied and used for a variety of health purposes. Chicory root has a long history of providing support to the liver. Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood. Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood. It’s popular today as a caffeine-free replacement for coffee. It can be used as a fat replacer in foods, and help promote healthy digestion. It has been found to decrease hemoglobin A1c which suggests chicory root extract could delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes mellitus.
Organic chicory root contains inulin, a soluble fiber (Prebiotic) that feeds digestive flora in the intestines. Many plants contain inulin, but chicory root has the highest concentration. Nourishing the healthy flora in the intestines and increasing the flow of bile enhances digestion. More bile means better break down of fats. Since inulin content is not digestible, the lack of glucose can help promote optimal blood sugar levels while also increasing stool bulk and consistency to help eliminate toxins efficiently.
Dietary fibers are essential in our daily food but our diets rarely contain enough of them. The average adult should consume about 25-30 grams a day. Few of us actually eat more than 15-20 grams daily.
Scientific studies have shown that inulin and oligofructose stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, leading to healthier colonic microbiota. This so-called prebiotic effect enhances the bifidobacteria and stimulates short-chain fatty acids production in the colon that improves the working of the intestine and ultimately the consumer's well-being.
Prebiotics reduce intestinal permeability and endotoxin concentrations, inflammation, and metabolic dysfunction in rodents.
Many herbs are high in antioxidants, which, in plants, often come in the form of compounds called phenolics. Chicory is a rich source of phenolics and their protective effects on the cardiovascular system are widely acknowledged. Researchers believe the benefit of dietary supplementation with chicory is because of its polyphenolic (antioxidant) compounds.
Inulin improves mineral absorption and bone health. Various studies have shown that consuming inulin or oligofructose increases the absorption of calcium and possibly of magnesium. This can be important in building stronger bones and maintaining bone quality. There are also strong indications that increased mineral absorption can lead to better bone mineralization. Inulin along with the Cayenne Pepper in our Apple Cider Vinegar+ support better absorption of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotine, antioxidants that support the immune system!
This study tested the inulin in chicory root on blood sugar, metabolism and digestion.
WEIGHT AND APPETITE CONTROL
Fiber is the zero-calorie indigestible part of a carbohydrate that helps to keep us full by slowing down the rate at which food empties into our stomach. Inulin, a type of fiber, may also help to control appetite by increasing feelings of fullness. It is thought that this occurs due to short-chain fatty acids and their ability to increase appetite suppressing hormones such as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1).
Research has shown that supplementing with inulin may help to reduce appetite and overall calorie intake.
A randomized control trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplementation with 8 grams oligofructose-enriched inulin reduced appetite and overall calorie intake.
Inulin supplementation is a good way to help increase feelings of fullness, which inherently may influence weight loss. This study found that supplementing with inulin increased weight loss by decreasing the hunger hormone ghrelin.
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