Though, I can’t claim to be an expert in fibre diet (and supplementations), I do know that I have seen several people enjoy improved health outcomes through their use, and that in a relatively short time.
People report a general sense of wellbeing after supplementation with dietary fibre. This may be due to one great benefits that can be derived from a fibre-rich diet – reduced exposure of the gut lining to noxious substances generated by bacterial action. This occurs because of the decreased transition time of ingested food (or excreta depending on which part of the gut you’re thinking of). The stools are softer and bulkier and bowel motions more regular. Disorders like constipation, anal fissures and haemorrhoids (piles) are less of a problem with people with adequate fibre intake.
In addition, there is a great benefit of weight management (not weight loss!) as the fibre itself modulates an individual’s appetite in such a way that high-carb binges become less frequent. This is due to the stimulation of certain reflexes and reconditioning of the appetite centre. The good weight loss programmes that dampen the blood sugar roller-coaster effect (a.k.a. insulin trap) rely on food fibre as a component for successful, (and safe) weight reduction and maintenance.
I also found these benefits in the literature (every other thing I’ve shared I’ve experienced):
- stabilizes blood glucose
- regulates glucose absorption from food
- suppresses cholesterol synthesis
- raises large intestine acidity thereby protecting the lining from polyp formation and increasing absorption of dietary minerals
stimulates immune protection
In conclusion, many of the actions of dietary fibre are water-demanding. A healthy water intake is essential for one to derive the benefit of fibre, especially if one is taking fibre supplements.
Remember: Our health is our greatest wealth. The choice is ours.