8 Proven Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber

What Is Fiber?

What Are Fiber Supplements?

The 4 Types of Fiber Supplements

1. Inulin (Fiber Choice)

2. Methylcellulose (Citrucel)

3. Psyllium (Metamucil)

4. Wheat Dextrin (Benefiber)

8 Benefits of Fiber Supplements

1. Improves Gut Health By Feeding “Good” Bacteria

Summary: Fiber feeds the friendly gut bacteria which in turn promotes a healthy gut by fostering a balance of healthy microbes in the intestines. This promotes healthy digestion and helps prevent various diseases.

2. May Help Lose Weight

Summary: Some types of fiber can help in losing weight by adding bulk, increasing satiety and reducing calorie intake.

3. Helps Improve Short-Term Glycemic Control (Postprandial)

Summary: The low glycemic index of viscous, soluble fibers helps prevent spikes in blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of glucose in the small intestines.

4. Helps Improve Long-term Glycemic Control In Metabolic Syndrome & Type 2 Diabetes

Summary: Gel-forming fibers like psyllium have shown significant improvement in glycemic control in people with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

5. Improves Cardiovascular Health By Lowering Cholesterol

Summary: Some types of viscous, soluble fibers are known to reduce cholesterol levels. There also seems to be an inverse relationship between the consumption of adequate dietary fiber and the risk of coronary heart disease.

6. Reduces Constipation & Improves Stool Form

Summary: Increasing fiber intake is known to have a positive effect when treating constipation. It is important to choose the right kind of fiber to get the best results.

7. May Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Summary: There is some evidence to suggest that a high fiber diet may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. There is not enough evidence to prove the direct benefits of fiber in preventing cancer.

8. May Help Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Summary: Some soluble fiber supplements like psyllium that are moderately fermentable can be used to treat IBS.

Who Should Buy Fiber Supplements?

What to Look for in Fiber Supplements?

The Side Effects of Fiber Supplements

The Final Note

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