Prebiotics provide numerous benefits to your health by providing food for bacteria living in your intestines. Prebiotics have the ability to benefit you, independent of whether you are also taking probiotics. While prebiotics do significantly raise the efficacy of probotiocs, they can also be taken on a standalone basis. The benefits of prebiotics are important to your overall health and can also help prevent certain diseases.
Numerous scientific studies have shown the health benefits of taking prebiotics. A recent Oxford study has even shown that it in humans, prebiotics have significant neurological benefits. They reduce stress and decrease anxiety and stress. In the study, participants were tested for the stress hormone cortisol before and after taking a prebiotic. A portion of participants were give a placebo. Those receiving the prebiotics reported lower stress cortisol when tested after three weeks on the prebiotic.
Inulin fiber is a dietary compound with substantial health benefits. It can reduce obesity, diabetes, anxiety and constipation. So what is inulin and why is it so helpful to us?
Inulin is a sugar or fat substitute that is a common prebiotic found in foods with high amounts of dietary fiber. It is a naturally occurring chain of sugar molecules, commonly found in foods such as chicory, garlic or bananas. It can also be purchased as a nutritional supplement and consumed on its own. Inulin is useful in that it is able to pass through the small intestine undigested, in order to be consumed by bacteria in the large intestine. In the large intestine it provides food for your microbes to flourish and thus provides benefits to the rest of your body.