Inulin is a prebiotic fiber that’s also a kind of oligosaccharide called a fructan. Since most of us have no clue what an oligosaccharide or fructan is, let’s break it down to understand what inulin is and why it’s so important for our health.
Before we get into that let us tell you how Inulin first came onto our radar. Katherine started following Ingrid De La Mare Kenny, who has a brand called Gangster Chic and they became fast online friends. After hearing the incredible health and digestive benefits of inulin Katherine started using it daily and became a big fan of her products. Since then, many of Katherine’s loyal listeners have started using this incredible powder and seen amazing changes.
Inulin is a dietary fiber that comes from plants and is not able to be broken down by the enzymes in the digestive system. This is called an indigestible fiber and is a PRE biotic. Instead of being absorbed, it’s fermented and feeds the body’s probiotics, allowing them to thrive and provide a gut friendly environment. This is critical since the gut is closely correlated to the well-being of the entire body.
We hear a lot about the benefits of probiotics, but prebiotics may be even more useful and important because they feed the good bugs (probiotics). Think of prebiotics as the fertilizer for the garden, it creates a rich, lush terrain so that the organisms within can thrive and do what they’re supposed to.
Benefits of Inulin
In addition to promoting a healthy gut, here are some other noteworthy benefits of inulin.
Supports Weight Loss – Inulin is a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight. Low in calories, inulin contains no digestive carbs and helps to decrease hunger by making you feel full longer. It truly satiates hunger cues and cravings.
Relieves Constipation –Inulin is known for helping to relieve constipation symptoms. It helps to loosen things up in the colon thus helping to relieve constipation and reduce the risk of hemorrhoids.
Increases Calcium Absorption – Some studies show that inulin can help to increase the absorption of calcium. This is very beneficial as it can help protect our bones and enhance bone mineralization.
Improves Cardiovascular Health – Inulin has a significant effect on heart health since it’s well known for helping to lower LDL (bad cholesterol levels) and for decreasing metabolic syndrome risk factors.
Lowers Blood Sugar – Providing protection against type 2 diabetes, inulin helps to lower blood sugar levels.
Helps with Digestion- Because Inulin is a prebiotic fiber, it creates a healthy and well-functioning gut microbiome. This allows your digestion to work well and absorb the nutrients in your food which in turn leads to less bloating and digestive discomfort.
The highest levels of inulin can be found in the chicory root plant, but it’s also present in lower levels in foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, garlic, whole wheat and onions. Ganger Chic Inulin is the best on the market, it is derived from Organic Jerusalem Artichoke and is of the highest quality and standards. Most Inulin on the market is not sourced or produced well and doesn’t pack the same benefits.
Inulin can be used in a variety of ways, it can be added to baked goods, oatmeal’s, soups, teas, coffee, even eggs. The power dissolves and is tasteless, it does add a nice froth or fluff to your beverages or baked goods. It has a hint of natural sweetness as well!
After falling in love with Inulin we have also fallen hard for H2o Inulin. H20NULIN is a breakthrough delivery system helps water and key functional ingredients to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster. Typically, when you drink fluids, they pass through the entire digestive system, losing water and other nutrients before your body can absorb them. H20NULIN uses a precise ratio of sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium to create an osmotic force that allows water and other ingredients to be delivered to the bloodstream earlier on in the digestive system. This is the white powder you see Katherine adding to her morning lemon water. This mixture is excellent for proper fluid balance, mineral absorption, overall energy and helps a lot with hangovers!
How KG uses it: Adds the H2Onulin to her morning lemon water and the Simply Inulin to coffee or tea!
It’s safe to say we are fans and hooked on these amazing products, so much so that we have decided to sell them in the GLW Shop!