Ongoing research has associated high intake of both soluble and insoluble fibre from a variety of whole foods with reduced risk of a wide variety of health-challenging conditions. GNLD’s Multi-Fibre Blend provides a convenient way to boost dietary intake of fibre from 16 different whole-food sources.
The majority of food we consume is in a form that cannot be utilized by the body until it has gone through the process of digestion. Digestion occurs in the stomach and small intestine and is brought about by the action of digestive enzymes. These enzymes are very specific in their action. Proteins are broken down into amino acids by protein digesting enzymes, fats and lipids into free fatty acids by fat digesting enzymes and carbohydrates into simple sugars by carbohydrate digesting enzymes. However, some foods such as fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds and legumes contain a carbohydrate portion which is not able to be digested by the enzymes we produce. This portion passes through our system in a non-digested form and is commonly referred to as dietary fibre.
Dietary fibre is a complex of non-digestible carbohydrates present in the cellular structures of the plant-derived foods we eat. Fibre includes the skins and pulp of fruits and vegetables plus seeds, nuts, beans and grains. It comes to us as five different components in two basic forms. One form is “insoluble” fibre. Its component types are cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The second form is “soluble” fibre. Its component types are gums and pectins. Each of these 5 different types of fibre contributes benefits to the overall proper functioning of our digestive tract.
Just a few short years ago, dietary fibre (referred to as roughage) was considered to be irrelevant to well-being. Only grandmothers, who claimed “you need your roughage every day to stay healthy”, seemed to recognize the value of this important aspect of our diet. However, physicians working in Africa found that certain societies appeared to be free from any diseases common to Western cultures. They found that people in these societies were living on high fibre diets of unrefined, unprocessed foods, and determined that the lack of fibre in the Western diet may be responsible for many common challenges to our well-being.
Cancer Institutes currently recommend a dietary intake of 25 to 35 grams of fibre per day for adults. The average person consumes only 10 to 20 grams per day - about half of the amount recommended. Considering the importance of dietary fibre, this appears to be a critical weakness in our diet, open to causing problems.
For decades, fibre has been considered synonymous with bran. However, as was mentioned above, fibre is not a single substance, but rather a complex available to our bodies in five major types, each serving a valuable dietary function.
Cellulose is the most abundant fibre in our foods. It is cellulose which forms the cell walls of plants.
Hemicellulose is a polysaccharide, a complex carbohydrate which combines with pectin to create the matrix, or intercellular substance, in which the cellulose fibres are enmeshed.
Cellulose and hemicellulose contribute to regularity and help to relieve and prevent constipation. These substances remain virtually unchanged as they pass through the digestive tract, adding bulk and absorbing water along the way. The additional volume increases the speed at which food moves through the digestive tract.
Gums are the “soluble” portion of fibre, part of the pulp of plants. Pectin is the gel-like constituent that acts as a binding agent for the fibre structure within plants.
Lignin is a woody substance that helps to support the walls of the plant cell. It helps move food through the gastrointestinal tract more quickly.
All of the above knowledge is reflected in the formulation of GNLD’s fibre based products.
|Fibre Tablets (4 tablets)||2 grams|
|Multi-Fibre Blend||7 grams|
Each product provides a combination of soluble and insoluble fibre from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.