Inulin is a type of fiber that's found in certain plant foods. Chicory root is the main source of inulin in supplement form.
Chicory was originally found in Europe and Asia. Egyptians grew it thousands of years ago as a medicine. It's now grown in the U.S.
Your small intestine does not absorb inulin. When it reaches your large intestine (colon), bacteria ferment it.
In animal studies, sea buckthorn has also shown some promise in slowing the growth of tumors and ulcers. But more studies are needed.
Optimal doses of sea buckthorn have not been set for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely. This makes it very hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get sea buckthorn naturally from foods?
Sea buckthorn fruit or fruit juice can be found in certain jellies, juices, purees, sauces, drinks, and liquors. People do not usually eat the berries raw because they are acidic. The amount of sea buckthorn used in food is typically much less than that used for medicinal purposes.
What are the risks of taking sea buckthorn?
As a food, sea buckthorn is probably safe. Some research suggests it may also be safe when taken up to six months as a medicine.