Dietary fibre is an essential part of everyone’s diet and it plays an important role in keeping us healthy.
Fibre can only be found in food of plant origins. It includes all parts of plant foods that our body cannot digest or absorb. Since fibre cannot be digested by our body, it passes relatively intact through our stomach, small intestine, colon and out of our body. This property in fibre has several important roles in maintaining our health.
There are two main types of fibre, soluble and insoluble, each with different health benefits.
Soluble fibre dissolves in water to forms a gel-like substance. It may help to reduce blood cholesterol and slow down the rate of glucose absorption into the blood stream.
Insoluble fibre helps to increase stool bulk and keep our bowel movement regular. Insoluble fibre can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. It may also help to prevent some rectal and colon cancers.
The amount of each type of fiber varies in different plant foods. The best way to receive the greatest health benefit is to eat a variety of fibre-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, cereals, grains, legumes, lentils, nuts and seeds. However this poses a challenge for many living in our world today.
Statistics taken from around the world is showing that the average person does not consume the recommended 25g to 30g of fibre per day. For all of these people, fibre supplements are necessary to provide the body with sufficient dietary fibre daily to keep them healthy.
A high-fibre diet has many benefits, which include:
- Normalises bowel movements. Dietary fibre softens and increases the weight and size of our stool making it easier to pass. This is particularly important for people who are prone to constipation. Fibre can also help people who experience loose, watery stool because it absorbs water, adds bulk and solidify the stool.
- Helps maintain bowel integrity and health. A high-fibre diet may lower our risk of developing hemorrhoids, and other intestinal disease.
- Positive impact on gut microflora. Some fibre is fermented in the colon by the beneficial bacteria thus increase the population of the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut at the expense of the ‘bad’ bacteria. This ability to affect the gut microflora positively is called the prebiotic effect. Gut microflora play a vital role in digestion, nutrient absorption and immune function. If there is an imbalance in the intestinal microflora this may upset the digestive process and impact on the immune system.
- Lowers blood cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein or the “bad,” cholesterol levels. This is beneficial to heart health.
- Helps control blood sugar levels. Soluble fibre also helps to slow down the rate of glucose absorption into the blood stream. This is particularly helpful for people with diabetes.
- Aids in weight loss. High-fibre foods require more ’chewing’ and also help keep us fuller for longer, it helps us consume less food.
We are working on some new fibre supplements
It is difficult to find any existing fibre supplement that meets our high standards. That’s why we are currently working to develop new products, which will not compromise your gut health in the long run.
Our challenge is to deliver fibre supplements to give you the optimum variety of fibre types for long term intestinal health. Like all our other products, only the best is good enough for us. We will be announcing more information soon.