- Natural fiber from sugar beets and lemon peel
- Extra high fiber content: about 70% dietary fiber
- Both soluble and insoluble fiber
- Easy to swallow
- Manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control
|4 tablets contain*|
|Soluble and insoluble fiber from sugar beets and lemons||1840 mg|
* The dietary fiber content is determined analytically once a year
Bio-Fiber is a dietary supplement without added nutri-ents. Each tablet contains a balanced 520 mg mix of natural, soluble and insoluble vegetable fibers that are derived from lemon pectin and sugar beets which compensates for the relative low fiber content in modern diets. Bio-Fiber is useful for supporting your digestion, as it improves the body’s ability to get rid of waste at the same time as supporting the bowel in emptying itself regularly and effectively.
What are dietary fibers?
Dietary fiber is found naturally in many raw foods. They belong to the group of carbohydrates that we do not or only to a small degree can digest, ie. break down into sugars and starches through our digestive enzymes.
There are two main groups of dietary fibre: the soluble and the insoluble fiber types. Soluble fibers turn into a jelly-like mass when they blend with liquids and may contain up to 15 times their own weight. A diet that includes this type of fiber adds bulk to the intestinal content and slows down the passage of food through the small intestine.
Insoluble fiber can also absorb some water, but not nearly as much. This type of fiber will reduce the amount of time the food stays in the gut and, like the soluble fibers give the intestinal content more fullness. A portion of the fiber content will to a certain extent ferment and serve as nutrients for the natural intestinal micro-flora.
Fibre and intestinal flora
A normal gut contains about one kg and in some persons up to 2 kg intestinal bacteria distributed on typically 160 different bacteria species. These intestinal bacteria break down hard digestible proteins and carbohydrates from our diet and they are therefore dependent on a certain amount of fibrous substances in our diet. The food we eat is important for the number and distribution of different bacterial species.
In addition to processing fiber compounds from our food, these gut bacteria excrete different neurotrans-mitters that affect our metabolism, appetite regulation and immune defense by lymphoid cells in the intestinal mucosa.
European eating habits
European diets have changed substantially from what they used to be a century ago. About 100 years back in time, our diets consisted of grains with a high fiber content, just like fruits and vegetables constituted a substantial part of the diet. The fiber content in our diet has decreased with the increasing industrial refining of food, causing a massive lack of fiber in the daily diet.
What are the different fiber types?
Cellulose is the type of carbohydrate that humans are unable to digest because we do not produce enzymes that can break it down. Cellulose is found in the cell wall of plants. Good dietary sources of cellulose are fruits and vegetables. Cellulose only absorbs a small quantity of liquid.
Hemicellulose is an indigestible carbohydrate just like cellulose. Together with pectin it forms a matrix that encloses the cellulose fibers in the cell wall of plants.
Pectin is an indigestible dietary fiber that is found in most cell walls, only not in wood-like plants. The pectin content in unripe fruit is predominantly insoluble, whereas it becomes increasingly water-soluble in ripe fruit because of enzymes. Pectin is used to make e.g. Jelly
Lignin is not considered a carbohydrate but belongs to a separate group of substances. The lignin content in
the cell walls of plants varies. Lignin is the stuff that makes wood strong. Lignin is literally indigestible.