Dextrin is a natural fiber with a wide range of uses. It can support your body's ability to remove waste. Fiber can also promote satiety and healthy weight loss. Dextrin can also reduce the blood sugar load of high-carbohydrate meals. Because it is a water-soluble carbohydrate, it can be used as a natural adhesive, which is why we use it in the detoxification foot pad. If there is no natural adhesive, these ingredients will be dispersed and the efficacy of the product will be lost. Let's take a closer look at dextrin.
What is dextrin?
Dextrin is a low molecular weight carbohydrate produced by starch hydrolysis, which is derived from glucose. Hydrolysis, as the name implies, means that water is decomposed into basic molecular components and combined with other molecules. Although there are several types of dextrins, each has a similar formula and function in vivo. Because of its adhesive quality and safety, dextrin is used in many glue products. Indigestible dextrins are often used as fiber supplements.
Health benefits of dextrin
Most dietary fiber is beneficial to health, including weight loss and detoxification. Dextrin is associated with supporting heart health, blood sugar and overall health. Here are eight benefits of dextrin.
1. Promote the health of intestinal flora
Dextrin is considered to be a prebiotic, a compound that feeds probiotics or "good" bacteria. It has been proved to be beneficial to lactic acid bacteria, a powerful beneficial bacteria responsible for supporting digestion. As beneficial bacteria proliferate in the whole digestive system, the proportion of beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria will be balanced.
2. Support healthy cholesterol levels
Dietary fiber has been shown to reduce "bad" cholesterol (LDL) levels to support cardiovascular health. As a dietary fiber, dextrin is no exception. It has been proved to reduce triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are fats in the blood, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Although dextrin may reduce LDL levels, it may help maintain HDL levels, or "good" cholesterol.
3. Relieve occasional constipation
In general, fiber provides volume in the gut and allows waste to be excreted by increasing the frequency of defecation. Fiber, including dextrin, needs to be consumed with a large amount of water to be effective. Without water, the fiber cannot move, which will actually aggravate constipation. Dietary fiber supplements usually contain dextrin as one of the fiber sources because it is very effective.
The cleaning effect of dextrin is related to its ability to increase the frequency of defecation. Many toxins are stored in human excreta, but it is difficult for many people to remove these wastes regularly. Indigestible fibers will also attach to various toxins in the body, such as PCBs, and help them excrete from the body. They provide growth capacity for beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and also help to clean, because probiotics are an important part of reducing toxic bacteria that cause common health conditions.
5. Support healthy blood sugar
For a long time, fiber has been famous for supporting healthy blood glucose levels, whether in healthy people or patients with type 2 diabetes. Dextrin, together with all dietary fiber, may help reduce the sugar-raising load of carbohydrate-containing diets. These fibers must be consumed before or during meals to produce obvious effects. Although fiber is a carbohydrate, it cannot be digested and will not raise blood sugar or insulin. Water-soluble fibers, such as dextrins, showed the most beneficial effects on glucose levels.
6. Support heart health
The role of dextrin in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides makes it an excellent dietary additive to support heart health. This compound can support the heart and blood vessels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. These are the main factors that dextrin supports heart health, but many researchers speculate whether fiber has further benefits for cardiovascular system. Future research may provide more evidence to support dextrin and promote heart health.
7. Provide satiety and healthy weight loss
Dextrin can help provide a sense of fullness and help the body feel full and satisfied. Various forms of fiber will produce more volume in the stomach and decompose very slowly. This feeling of fullness is very helpful for people who want to lose weight. People who want to reduce snacks between meals may want to add more fiber - rich foods to their diet. Promoting a natural sense of fullness may help to provide sustained and natural weight loss. Dextrin may help reduce the size of fat cells and may help fight obesity. More research is needed on the relationship between fiber and obesity to determine whether indigestible carbohydrates can really solve this increasingly serious problem.
8. Support colon health
Studies have shown that people who eat higher levels of water-soluble fiber have a lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who eat a low-carbohydrate diet. There are some theories behind this benefit, but none of them has been fully proved. One theory is that because it can effectively promote the discharge of waste from the body, it may reduce the internal toxic environment conducive to cancer. Another theory is that it can feed beneficial bacteria in the intestine, which may play a role in protecting the colon. It is also possible that people who eat a high-fiber diet are also eating a diet rich in plant foods. All these foods contain different levels of antioxidants, which may be beneficial to colon health.