Beta(2-1)fructans, Chicory Extract, Chicory Inulin, Dahlia Extract, Dahlia Inulin, Extrait de Chicorée, Extrait de Dahlia, Inulina, Inuline, Inuline de Chicorée, Inuline de Dahlia, Long-chain Oligosaccharides, Oligosaccharides, Oligosaccharides à Chaîne Longue, Prebiotic, Prébiotique.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationInulin 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 for medicine is most commonly obtained by soaking chicory roots in hot water.
Inulin is commonly used by mouth for high blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. It is also used for weight loss, constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.
How does it work?Inulin is not digested or absorbed in the stomach. It goes to the bowels where bacteria are able to use it to grow. It supports the growth of a special kind of bacteria that are associated with improving bowel function and general health. Inulin decreases the body's ability to make certain kinds of fats.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Inulin seem to help relieve constipation in some children, adults, and elderly people.
- Diabetes. Inulin might help lower blood sugar levels when used along with diabetes medications in women with diabetes.
- High levels of triglycerides. Taking inulin seems to lower triglycerides in some, but not all, people with high triglyceride levels. The average reduction is about 7.5%.
- Weight loss. Taking inulin seems to decrease body weight a small amount in people who are overweight or obese.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Diarrhea caused by antibiotics. Some early research suggests that taking inulin with a similar fiber called fructo-oligosaccharides might not help prevent diarrhea in children who are taking antibiotics.
- High cholesterol levels. It is unclear if taking inulin as a supplement lowers blood cholesterol. Most research suggests that if cholesterol is reduced, it is by a small amount.
- Prediabetes. Some early research suggests that inulin does not improve the body's ability to manage insulin and blood sugar in people with prediabetes.
Side Effects & SafetyInulin is POSSIBLY SAFE in adults and children when used appropriately by mouth. The most common side effects occur in the stomach. Using too much inulin causes more stomach problems.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Inulin is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnant and breast-feeding women when consumed in food. Not enough is known about the use of inulin as medicine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for INULIN Interactions.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For treatment of constipation: 15-40 grams per day for up to 4 weeks
- For diabetes: 10 grams per day for 8 weeks
- For high triglycerides: The usual dose of inulin is about 14 grams daily
- For weight loss: 10-30 grams per day for 6-8 weeks
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