What is Inulin?
Inulin is a prebiotic that stimulates healthy intestinal bacteria function. Prebiotic refers to food elements that nurture useful bacteria in the colon (large intestine). Inulin is considered a fiber and is found in many common foods, including bananas, onions, asparagus, and chicory. It is also used in more concentrated form as a dietary supplement and is an ingredient in many processed foods.

What are the health benefits of Inulin?
By stimulating the growth of certain bacteria in your large intestine, Inulin helps the body to digest efficiently and especially to absorb calcium and magnesium. Inulin may also lower cholesterol and tryglicerides as well as improve immune system function. It is also appropriate for those on low-carb restricted diets.

When delivered intravenously, Inulin is used to help diagnose certain kidney problems. New research is studying Inulin’s value in helping to prevent colon cancer.

What are the guidelines for taking Inulin?
Inulin is sold in powder form. Its taste is similar to sugar and it can be mixed in beverages.

Are there any precautions for taking Inulin?
Consuming large quantities of Inulin can lead to gas and bloating.

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