Inulin is a starchy substance found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes, and asparagus. The inulin that is used in supplements most commonly comes from soaking chicory roots in hot water.
People commonly use inulin by mouth for weight loss, constipation, and diabetes. It's also used for high blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Taking inulin by mouth seems to help relieve constipation in some children and adults. It increases the number of stools by up to about one per week. But it might not reduce discomfort.
- Diabetes. Taking inulin by mouth along with antidiabetes drugs might improve blood sugar levels in some people with diabetes, short-term. But it's not clear if it helps long-term.
- Obesity. Taking inulin by mouth might increase short-term weight loss. But it's not clear if it helps with long-term weight loss or weight maintenance in people who are overweight or obese.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Inulin is likely safe in children in the amounts found in foods. It is possibly safe for children when taken by mouth as a medicine, short-term. Inulin is possibly safe when used as part of infant formula, short-term.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with INULIN
Inulin might lower blood sugar levels. Taking inulin along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be watchful with this combination
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