Psyllium and Inulin

Fiber is good, yes?

But, different types of fiber provide specific benefits to the body. So, in the quest for optimal health, it’s important to be familiar with the different types of fiber and what they can do for us.

Psyllium and Inulin are two examples. Here’s a quick primer:

transparent digestive systemPsyllium fiber can be helpful for those trying to lose weight. Because it is a bulking agent that helps food digest more slowly, consuming psyllium with a meal that includes protein may reduce food consumption later in the day as it enhances satiety.

Inulin serves as a prebiotic, a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of healthy bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. Healthy bacteria are desirable in the gut as they assist the digestive tract’s ability to absorb nutrients and break down foods.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

As a result, diets high in soluble and insoluble fiber are important for not only digestive health but overall health, as well.