Chicory Root Inulin
Inulin, a soluble plant fiber, has been used since ancient Egyptian times and has been commonly used in the ground and roasted form since the 19th century in France.
Inulin, derived from chicory root, is a prebiotic well-known for its ability to support the beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is a great source of plant polyphenols and with its high fiber content can assist in regulating digestion and maintaining healthy bowel movements. When inulin mixes with liquid, it forms a gel-like substance that can help lubricate the digestive system. It can also absorb toxins and waste as it passes through. Due to its fibrous composition, it maintains its form as it moves through the digestive tract while producing beneficial byproducts that aid in creating a healthy GI lining.
Inulin has many more benefits, including:
- By supporting the beneficial bacteria in the gut, this soluble fiber can decrease the potentially harmful bacteria in the microbiome. In this way, inulin can help improve inflammatory bowel conditions that may lead to disease.
- A high-fiber diet has often been tied healthier glucose levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and triglycerides. All of these items are linked to heart health.
- Due to inulin’s chemical composition, when it mixes with liquid and forms a gel-like substance, it expands in the digestive tract and can help decrease appetite. People using inulin often feel more satisfied and have reduced cravings.
Inulin can also be found naturally occurring in foods such as bananas, onions, dandelion root, asparagus, garlic and many more as well.