How Long Does Inulin Powder Take To Work & How Much Should I Take?
Inulin powder is increasingly used as a prebiotic digestive supplement. Chemically, inulin is a starch found in many different fruits, grains and vegetables. People consume inulin daily through bread, onions, garlic, asparagus, bananas and many different nuts. As a traditional medicine for stomach upsets, inulin tea was made by infusing chicory roots in hot water.
Inulin is not metabolised by your body at all. Instead, it passes directly through the stomach to the bowels, where it provides food for ‘friendly’ digestive bacteria to grow and multiply. It therefore indirectly improves digestive health and the absorbability/bioavailability of important minerals.
Maintaining healthy bowels is an important part of anti-ageing. Inulin was mentioned by name on the How To Stay Young BBC programme presented by Angela Rippon in 2017, and there are now several quality supplements on the market.
Our own ® Pure Inulin Powder is a 100% vegan extract derived from chicory roots.
Uses Of Inulin Powder
Inulin supplements can be used for a variety of health reasons:
- To assist healthy weight loss
- Prevent constipation
- Slow down the creation of fats – good for reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood
- Inulin is naturally sweet so can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar in drinks and food
How Much To Take?
Inulin dosage varies depending on what you need it for.
- To reduce cholesterol take 10 to 15 g daily.
- For short-term treatment of constipation take 20 to 40 g daily for two weeks.
- For long-term digestive health take 12g daily.
Inulin powder can be added to smoothies, fruit juice or water, or can be mixed into soups and sauces.
Inulin might have certain side effects in sensitive individuals or if too large a dose is used. These include: Intestinal discomfort, including flatulence, bloating, stomach noises, belching and cramping.
How Long Till I See An Effect?
The golden question… Inulin powder won’t take effect overnight, although it should help resolve constipation within a couple of days. Other health benefits will manifest themselves gradually. You may see reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels within 2 to 4 months, and notice gradual improvements in your digestion and general energy levels over 6 months.
Inulin Supplements From Hellenia
Our inulin powder can be purchased in 500g or 1kg packages by clicking here. Inulin is a cost-effective supplement – one package will last you over a month. Inulin works well when taken with other pro digestion supplements, including acidophilus, apple cider vinegar and peppermint oil. Take a look at our digestive health supplements for more information.