The Health Benefits of Oligofructose-Enriched Inulin
Inulin and oligofructose are the two most natural and beneficial prebiotics we know.
They derive from plant fiber and occur naturally in a diverse variety of foods such as whole grains, onions, garlic, leeks, Jerusalem artichoke and chicory root. As a supplement, they are both available as a pure white powder, which has a slight natural, sweet taste and dissolves readily in any fluid. However, inulin and oligofructose are different in the way they act and where they act.
What to Know About Oligofructose
Oligofructose (FOS) is a short, small molecule. When it enters the colon in the right lower side of the abdomen down by the appendix, it is immediately fermented in the large intestine and used up by the bacteria that reside in this part of the colon, where it helps healthy bacteria multiply. There is no problem with this situation, except that there is little left to get across to the rest of the colon on the left side. That makes oligofructose on its own not nearly as effective as when it is combined with another prebiotic fiber, such as inulin.
What to Know About Inulin
Inulin, on the other hand, is a larger, more complex molecule. Because it takes the colon’s bacteria much longer to ferment inulin, there is more available to the bacteria that reside in the rest of the colon, mostly on the left side. Like oligofructose, inulin is somewhat effective on its own but really needs another quick-fermenting fiber to provide the optimal beneficial health effects. Unfortunately, foods with these prebiotics are rather low in the oligofructose component, so an ideal formula would be one where the basic inulin would be enriched with oligofructose.
When Oligofructose and Inulin Work Together
The past 15 years, and particularly the past two years, have seen an incredible amount of independent research support the theory that prebiotic fiber is as essential for overall health as it is for healthy lower gut microbiota development.
As some experts long suspected, a healthy bacterial mix in the gut positively affects a diverse variety of health conditions from obesity to hardened arteries to bone strength to lower gut problems. We know for certain that prebiotic fibers inulin and oligofructose help this bacterial mix tremendously. The current issue is getting enough of these beneficial fibers into the diet every day without gaining weight and without eating allergens — which is where Prebiotin can help.
Where to Buy Inulin and Oligofructose. The Prebiotin formula has significant amounts of both oligofructose and of inulin. The health benefits of inulin and oligofructose include positive bacterial action throughout the colon. It is why we call this product a full spectrum prebiotic formula. It is why medical researchers have overwhelmingly chosen this formula for their research. Products with just oligofructose or just inulin only give your colon half of what it really needs. Nourish your digestive health with Prebiotin prebiotic products, the most medically researched prebiotic formulas!