A multi-fibre nutritional formula in capsules, derived from a unique combination of psyllium husks and seeds, flaxseed, prune juice, rhubarb, fig fruit and other high-fibre foods and herbs. A natural solution for body waste cleanse!
There is a well-established link between constipation and a low-fibre diet. Dietary Fibre Complex is a dietary supplement and natural food product which provides a healthy combination of both insoluble and soluble fibre - essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system, bowel regularity and efficient digestive transit.
This combination of insoluble and soluble fibre is more than just roughage - it also provides cellulose, pectin, Omega oils, hemicellulose, lignin and gums. The food and herbal ingredients have been blended in precise proportions for maximum benefit.
More about dietary fibre...
What is fibre?
Did you know that not all types of carbohydrate can be digested and broken down into glucose? Indigestible carbohydrate is what we call fibre.
It is found in all plants that are eaten for food and it plays an essential role in maintaining intestinal health. There are two types of fibre, which perform important functions in the body:
- insoluble fibre - which 'sweeps' the intestines clean of waste material and toxins
- soluble fibre - which binds with fatty acids and prolongs the stomach's emptying time, so that sugar is released more slowly, blood sugar is kept balanced and you feel fuller for longer (which is how fibre can support healthy appetite control and weight management).
There are also other types of fibre that are proteins, rather than carbohydrates.
Why do we need fibre?
Fibre is a natural constituent of a healthy diet that is high in fruit, vegetables, lentils, beans and whole grains. By eating a high-fibre diet, you are able to support general health and well-being (and digestive health, stable blood sugar levels and regularity more particularly).
Although fibre is an essential component of a balanced diet, it is not always easy to get as much of it as you need on a daily basis. According to NHS Choices, many people don't get enough fibre - on average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre per day. An ideal intake of fibre is not less than 35g per day.
Is fibre the same as roughage?
Contrary to the popular image of fibre as "roughage", it can actually absorb water. As it does so, it adds to the bulk of waste-matter, while making it less dense and easier to move along the digestive tract. This helps to reduce the amount of time that food waste takes to pass through the body (digestive transit) and therefore also reduces the risk of infection, fermentation and putrefaction.
The quality of your fibre is important!
Although many food manufacturers (particularly producers of breakfast cereal) promote their products as containing "added fibre", this is usually in the form of bran.
Bran is the outer coating of the wheat grain, removed to make white flour. In other words, it is a waste product.
Taken in its original form, as part of the whole grain, bran is excellent. However, extracted bran is highly irritant and can damage the delicate membranes of the gut. What's more, Professor of Nutrition, John Dickerson (University of Surrey), has stressed the danger of adding wheat-bran to a nutrient-poor diet. The reason is that wheat bran contains high levels of phytate, an anti-nutrient that reduces the absorption of essential minerals (including zinc).