Prebiotic fibre is the closest thing to a true superfood – or super nutrient – and provides many digestive and general health benefits.
Prebiotics are soluble plant fibres that beneficially nourish the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. The body itself does not digest these plant fibres; instead, the fibres act as a fertilizer to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria in the gut.
Prebiotic fibre has been shown to improve a number of chronic, inflammatory conditions and can also help improve the absorption of calcium and other minerals—and may play an important role in building strong bones early in life and preventing bone loss later in life.
Calcium is critical to building and maintaining strong bones—which is why it’s important to make sure that your diet supplies enough calcium, especially during the critical teen and young adult years when your body is most rapidly building bone tissue.
However, only a fraction of the calcium in your food is absorbed by your body—because calcium in foods is often tightly bound to other compounds that hinder absorption. An acidic environment can help to break these bonds and release more calcium for absorption—and this is where prebiotic fibres come in. As these fibres are fermented by the bacteria in your gut, short-chain fatty acids are created. Short-chain fatty acids lower the pH in the colon, and this helps to increase calcium absorption. Several studies—in both older and younger populations—have linked fibre and prebiotic intake with reduced bone loss and improved bone mineral density.
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