NOW Foods Certified Organic Inulin Pure Powder Description
Inulin, a fructooligosaccharide (FOS), is a soluble prebiotic fiber that is resistant to digestion and reaches the large intestine essentially intact. Intestinal probiotic bacteria consume Inulin and in turn, produce the short-chain fatty acids that nourish the cells lining the colon. Inulin thus helps to maintain intestinal health and function. Inulin has a pleasant flavor that adds a mild sweetness to foods and drinks, but has a very low glycemic index and will not negatively impact serum glucose levels.
Take 1 level teaspoon 1 to 3 times daily. Mix into your favorite beverage or food. Begin with 1 teaspoon a day and slowly increase dosage to limit GI discomfort.
Natural color variation may occur in this product.
Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Serving Size: 1 Level Teaspoon (Approx. 2.8 g)
Servings per Container: About 81
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Total Carbohydrate||2.7 g||1%|
| Dietary Fiber||2.5 g||10%|
|Organic Inulin (FOS) (from Blue Agave)||2.8 g|
Caution: For adults only. May cause mild transient GI discomfort. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.
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What are Prebiotics?
By now, most of you have heard of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut and help support digestion and other functions. But what are prebiotics? To put it simply, prebiotics are food for the probiotics to eat. Although they get less attention, these indigestible fibers are just as important. Prebiotics nourish the the aforementioned beneficial bacteria to support your gut barrier and improve nutrient absorption.
Benefits of prebiotics
Just like probiotics, prebiotics are significant because they support your microbiome, helping it operate at optimal health and wellness. If you're already taking a probiotics supplement, it's important to supplement with prebiotics as well. While probiotics restore friendly bacterica, prebiotics sustain these beneficial bugs to create a balanced and happy microbiome.
Prebiotics are found in certain types of soluble fiber, including oligofructose, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) and inulin. Prebiotics serve as food for the "good" bacteria in your body. Although your body cannot break down these soluble fibers, the flora in your gut are able to ferment and utilize them for energy. Already loaded with vitamins and minerals, plant-based foods are a great source of the prebiotics your gut needs. Some of the best prebiotic-rich foods include:
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Dandelion greens
In addition, FOS is often added to probiotic foods and supplements to support the growth of these friendly organisms once you consume them.
Although prebiotic fiber can be found in many plant-based foods, you can also supplement with a high-quality prebiotic drink mix powder. Another great option if you're not getting enough from whole foods—especially if you're typically on the go—is to take a complete prebiotic and probiotic supplement to help maintain balance.