In my previous post about fiber in green smoothies, I briefly discussed the different types of fibers and their benefits. Remember the soluble and sticky (gel-forming) type of fiber is the one that can lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar. I am going to jump right into it and show you how to determine if your supplement is worth paying for.
American Dietetic Association: “Few fiber supplements have been studied for physiological effectiveness. (1)
What To Do
If you are using a specific fiber supplement for its cholesterol lowering, and blood sugar lowering effects, here is what to do to see if the supplement you take can provide those health benefits.
These simple steps are recommended in the literature. (2)
- Stir a single dose of the product (2-4g of fiber) into 120 ml of water.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Observe if the supplement dissolve in the water and form a highly viscous gel.
- If the answer is no, your supplement is probably not providing the health benefits you expected.
About the Author
Dr. Lily Semrow is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist who focuses on Neuro-Structural Correction. She has a B.S. in Nutrition and a doctorate in Chiropractic. She has a passion for serving families, and helping people who could not get better through traditional and alternative means.