What is Inulin?

Inulin Powder has become the latest must-have anti-ageing supplement after Angela Rippon revealed on BBC’s How to Stay Young that she uses the soluble fibre to help keep her looking young.

The former Top Gear presenter and Dancing on Ice contestant, Rippon, 71, started on a course of inulin after a MRI scan exposed that her liver and heart were encased in far too much visceral fat, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia. Inulin was recommended as a natural antidote to visceral fat.

The term inulin refers to a group of naturally occurring fructose containing oligosaccharides which belong to a class of carbohydrates known as fructans. Inulins are present in onions, leeks, garlic, bananas, asparagus and artichokes, among other fruits and vegetables but it would be difficult to eat enough of these foods to receive a therapeutic effect. Supplemental inulins however are usually derived from the roots of chicory (Cichorium intybus) or Jerusalem artichoke with chicory based inulin recognized as the premium source.

Inulin helps to break down visceral fat, the harmful fat that we cannot see that surrounds the organs of the body and can lead to long term health issues. Inulin positively affects both serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels leading to a healthier cardiovascular system.

Inulin is also great for the digestive system as it is a good source of fibre. Inulin also supports the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, in particular the bifidobacteria, and is therefore often referred to as a prebiotic as it helps to feed these important strains.

Of course Inulin is just one aspect of what helps to keep Angela looking great for her age. A vigorous exercise regime which includes tennis and dancing, along with a well-balanced diet contribute significantly.

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