4 Prebiotic Fibers
ProBiotein is a true "multi-prebiotic" fiber source. The 4 prebiotic fibers found in ProBiotein are Arabino-Xylo Oligosaccharide (AXOS), Xylo Oligosaccharide (XOS), Mannan Oligosaccharide (MOS) and Fructo Oligosaccharide (FOS). ProBiotein also provides you with Beta-glucans that come from oats.
Feed Your "Good" Bacteria
The natural prebiotic fibers in ProBiotein are from non-GMO plant sources. They feed the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract, which are known as probiotic bacteria. "Pro"-biotics are literally "good" biotics or bio-organisms, that live in harmony with us in our gut and help keep us healthy. And "pre"-biotics are what feed your pro-biotics to keep them nourished and functioning properly.
Prebiotic fibers are not digested in the stomach or small intestine to provide nutrients or energy for our bodies. Instead, they are able to survive undigested to reach the large intestine, where our good probiotic bacteria live. Here, the probiotic bacteria break down the prebiotic fibers through fermentation, which makes the fiber's nutrients available to the probiotic bacteria.
Forbes magazine listed these benefits of fiber in their November 14, 2013 issue:
"The FDA recommends between 20 and 30 grams of fiber per day, but most Americans aren't eating half of that. With benefits that range from weight management to cardiovascular health, is it any wonder we're an overweight nation? Here, 10 health benefits of increasing your fiber intake."
Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering "bad" cholesterol levels.
Research linking fiber to certain cancers is mixed. When fiber is eaten, food moves through the body faster, which some experts believe can prevent harmful substances found in some foods from affecting the colon and may protect against colon cancer. However, a recent study conducted by Harvard University saw that eating high-fiber food did not appear to protect people from colon cancer. Other types of cancer that may be prevented by a fiber-rich diet include breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer. Research is still inconclusive.
3. Digestive Health
A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, and small pouches in your colon (also known as diverticular disease).
Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar levels.
5. Heart Health
Research shows that fiber significantly reduces the risk of heart disease. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Foundation that followed 39,876 women for six years found that those who ingested an average of 26.3 grams of fiber daily were at lower risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack than those who ate less.
6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
For some, fiber may provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome.
7. Kidney Stones
Since fiber can help regulate blood sugar, it decreases the chance of insulin spikes that can lead to the formation of gallstones and kidney stones.
According to Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., nutrition expert and author of Fat Flush for Life, certain types of fiber, especially psyllium husk, can grab onto yeast and fungus, moving them through the system rather than allowing them to be excreted through the skin, where they create breakouts and skin rashes. Without the sweeping benefits of fiber on colon walls, pathogens can be reabsorbed via the liver, creating a number of skin-related challenges.
Researchers have found that how much fiber you eat can affect stroke severity -- and the chances of recovery.
10. Weight Management
Foods rich in insoluble fiber can add bulk without calories to a diet, increasing a sense of fullness. In addition, as these foods require more chewing time, they can allow you to register when you're no longer hungry, so you're less likely to overeat.