You’ve no doubt heard that antioxidants are important for your health. But what are antioxidants? What can they do for you? And should you be getting more of them in your diet?
Antioxidants are substances that protect and repair the cells of your body from damage by unstable particles called “free radicals." Many experts believe this damage plays a part in a number of chronic diseases. They may also help fight aging of the skin, including wrinkles and age spots.
There are many different antioxidants,...
Suggested dosages vary by supplement maker. Optimal doses of inulin have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get inulin naturally from foods?
Many foods -- and plants that are less commonly eaten -- contain inulin. These include:
Chicory, which is used in salads
Inulin is found in some processed foods as a replacement for fat, such as:
When combined with water in a precise way, it can mimic the texture of fat in these foods.
What are the risks of taking inulin?
Side effects. Inulin may cause allergic reactions, with symptoms that can include:
Risks. Inulin-type prebiotics are generally recognized as safe. Chicory itself, however, is not recommended in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It may lead to miscarriage.
Chicory may also interfere with certain drugs and supplements.
Interactions. Inulin may increase the amount of calcium you absorb from foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.