It's in bananas, onions, asparagus, leeks and even dandelions! But what is this great fibre that Angela Rippon can't stop talking about?
Recently we've been getting a lot of requests from our customers for a dietary supplement called Inulin after hearing about it all over the place in the media. Angela Rippon's recent programme, 'How to Stay Young' on BBC1 promoted the health benefits of inulin to many that had never heard of it. This often unheard of type of dietary fibre is present in absolutely all sorts of fruit and veg but finding it in higher concentrations is the challenge.
What is Inulin?
Inulin is a non-digestable dietary fibre that passes straigh through the small intestine into the large intestine, where it ferments and stimulates the growth of all that good bacteria in your intestines. This process is why it is deemed a prebiotic, acting as food for probiotic bacteria.
While prebiotics aer known for their health benefits thanks to their effect on beneficial intenstinal bacteria, it is difficult to make a solid health claim due to a lack of scientific research on inulin and it's health benefits. Some have suggested that it can help lower high levels of a type of fat called triglycerides, some say inulin can lower triglycerides by up to 19% after eight weeks of treatment! As inulin isn't actually digested, just flushed through, it is possible that it can treat constipation especially elderly people suffering from irregular bowel movements.
Inulin can be found in bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus and much other fruit and vegetables. However to find inulin in higher concentration you must look slightly further afield with dandelion and chicory root being high in inulin content.
How do I get Inulin into my diet?
You could try and get inulin in your diet by eating the right fruit and veg but you would have to eat a lot of onions that way (no one likes smelly onion breath!). Instead we would suggest taking a inulin supplements or dandelion supplements, you could get these in juice, tea, tincture or powder form all available at Shipley Health Store.
What would you recommend?
While we stock various inulin supplements at Shipley Health Store, we would whole-heartedly recommend A.Vogel Dandelion Tincture. A.Vogel Dandelion tincture contains root that is rich in inulin. The tincture itself helps the liver to metabolise fats more efficiently, so the overall effect on fat stores is extremely positive. you better hurry though, they're are selling like hot cakes!
"There has been a world-wide increase in demand for Dandelion over the last few years, leading to reduced availability. Fortunately A.Vogel grow their own Dandelion and are able to continue to supply organically grown, holistically standardised Dandelion tincture, containing both root and leaf."
Contact us or visit Shipley Health Store for free friendly advice on how you could include Inulin or any other supplement into your diet.