Inulin is a natural polysaccharide obtained in the pharmaceutical industry from the tubers and roots of chicory, elecampane, dandelions and Jerusalem artichoke (ground pear). It is also found in high concentration in the roots and tubers of daffodils, dahlias, burdocks and other plants. In addition, garlic and onions are rich in inulin. The method of "cold pressing" in the extraction of this valuable organic substance allows to preserve its biologically active properties as much as possible.
Inulin is easily absorbed by the body. Preparations containing inulin are used in medicine as a substitute for sugar and starch in diabetes mellitus. In addition, it serves as a starting material for the production of fructose.
Inulin has a beneficial effect on metabolism. In the acidic environment of the stomach, polysaccharide molecules are broken down to individual fructose molecules. Fructose and other fragments are absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine. The undivided part of inulin binds to substances harmful to the body - cholesterol, toxins, heavy metals - and is excreted from the body.
In the large intestine, inulin stimulates the growth and metabolic activity of lacto- and bifidobacteria - microorganisms that make up a healthy intestinal microflora. Therefore, inulin and preparations based on it are referred to the group of "prebiotics": this is the name of biological additives that improve the intestinal flora by selectively stimulating growth and "including in the work" of its useful "inhabitants".
Thus, the use of inulin allows maintaining the population and viability of bifidobacteria, which normally should prevail over other strains of bacteria in the large intestine. All this contributes to the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, accelerated elimination of toxins, toxins and undigested food debris, eliminates diarrhea and constipation.
By improving fat metabolism, inulin helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, mitigates their possible consequences and also strengthens the immune system. In addition to immunomodulating, it has a hepatoprotective effect and reduces the risk of cancer.
Inulin is used for the treatment and prevention of type I and II diabetes mellitus, including those complicated by diabetic angiopathy. It is advisable to use it in atherosclerosis, obesity, ischemic heart disease, gallstone and kidney disease, myocardial infarction, arthritis and osteochondrosis. To enhance the therapeutic effect of inulin, it is good to combine it with juices of celery, sea buckthorn, rose hips, viburnum, ginseng, eleutherococcus.