Inulin

Our bodies need so many different nutrients to perform at an optimal level, it can be difficult to keep track of the levels achieved through our daily food intake. That's where introducing supplements of required vitamins and minerals can help. Natural Health Plus sells a range of supplements, including Inulin, for people who wish to maintain optimal digestive health.

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Inulin Prebiotic Supplements

What is Inulin?

Inulin is a prebiotic dietary fibre, found in certain plant foods. A prebiotic is a substance that stimulates the growth of good gut bacteria and may improve gastrointestinal health.

Inulin accelerates the number of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli bacteria, as well as other good bacteria. By increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut, the body is more able to prevent infection, fight bad bacteria and stimulate the immune system.

Good sources of Inulin

Inulin can be found in a variety of fibre-rich foods including:

  • Leeks;
  • Chicory;
  • Asparagus;
  • Bananas;
  • Garlic;
  • Onion;
  • Wheat.

What are the benefits of taking Inulin supplements?

Inulin increases bowel regularity by adding bulk to your stools. It slows down digestion, allowing sugars to be released gradually. This, in turn, assists with stable blood sugar levels.

Research has indicated that supplementing with a prebiotic such as inulin may improve metabolism and cholesterol. Studies have also suggested that inulin supplements may:

  • Lower bad cholesterol;
  • Reduce fasting blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes;
  • Improve good cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes;
  • Help to manage food consumption by increasing appetite suppressing hormones, which may, in turn, lead to weight loss;
  • Assist with calcium absorption, leading to improved bone health;
  • Increase the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals.

While it is ideal to maintain a balanced diet which includes fibre-rich foods to get your recommended levels of inulin, this can sometimes be difficult to manage or sustain. Adding a supplement into your daily intake is an easy, effective way to ensure that you have the appropriate amount of fibre in your diet. According to the NHS, adults should aim to ingest 30g of fibre a day, however, the average intake is only 18g a day.

Inulin supplements are available in powder, gummy and capsule form. Natural Health Plus offers a wide range of supplements including inulin capsules that are suitable for vegetarians.