Inulins are a group of naturally occurring carbohydrates which work as a prebiotic to stimulate the growth of helpful. Inulin Powder is also use as a soluble fibre which can lower cholesterol and keep you fuller for longer, making it a great addition to any healthy eating or weight loss plan.
By Dr. Mercola
Inulin is a type of water-soluble prebiotic fiber in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke and many other foods. Prebiotics are indigestible to you, but they help nourish beneficial bacteria in your body.
These beneficial bacteria in turn assist. with digestion and absorption of your food and play a significant role in your immune function. Inulin is a fructan, which means it is made up of chains of fructose molecules.
In your gut, inulin is converted into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are then converted to healthy ketones that feed your tissues. SCFAs may also nourish colon cells and produce more appetite-controlling hormones in your body.
As such, inulin has multiple benefits to your health, although there are some risks you should be aware of as well.
Inulin May Lower Your Risk of Diabetes
Among obese women, consuming inulin beneficially changed their gut microbiota composition in a way that might help promote weight loss or lower the risk of diabetes.2
Further, among women with type 2 diabetes, those who took inulin had improved glycemic control and increased antioxidant activity. inulin may work to improve diabetes by positively modifying gut microflora or due to a direct antioxidant effect.
Prolonged exposure to excess insulin causes oxidative stress, which is thought to play a key role in type 2 diabetes and its complications. Inulin may help to counteract this with its antioxidant effects.
In addition, a high-performance type of inulin was found to decrease liver fat in people with pre-diabetes.4
Women with type 2 diabetes who took 10 grams of high-performance inulin a day also had decreases in fasting blood sugar (by 8.5 percent) while A1c levels (a measure of long-term blood sugar control) dropped by 10.5 percent.5
Inulin Promotes Weight Loss
A number of studies have shown the potential for inulin to help with weight loss. Among overweight and obese adults, those who took 21 grams of inulin a day had decreases in their hunger hormone and increase in satiety hormones.
Further, they lost more than two pounds while the control group gained one pound.6,7 Among people with prediabetes, meanwhile, those taking inulin for 18 weeks lost 7.6 percent of their body weight compared to the control group’s 4.9 percent.8
A study in mice also showed the potential for inulin to help with weight loss.
“… [T]he lower body fat content induced by inulin may be metabolically advantageous … Differential effects of fermentable carbohydrates open new possibilities for nutritionally targeting appetite regulation and body composition.”