Beta Glucan is a soluble dietary fiber found naturally in cereal grains, yeast, and in medicinal mushrooms (cordyceps, reishi, shitake, and maitake). Among its sources, barley has the highest Beta Glucan content. Beta Glucan is a polysaccharide that promotes good health by reducing cholesterol, and controls blood sugar levels. Beta Glucan lowers blood cholesterol by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from food in the stomach and intestines. If injected, Beta Glucan stimulates the immune system by growing chemicals which prevent infection. Beta Glucan also helps with constipation and bowel issues, preserves healthy intestinal bacteria, and helps regulate weight.
Inulin is a soluble fiber found in 36,000 plant species (wheat, onion, banana, garlic, asparagus, etc.) and in some bacteria and fungi. The chicory roots are the richest source of inulin. Several manufactured forms of inulin are Chicory inulin and High-Performance (HP) inulin. In 2018 the FDA approved inulin as a dietary fiber component used to increase the nutritional value of processed food products in the United States. Inulin stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria, which in turn helps improve bowel function and gut health, curb appetite, and boosts immunity.
Xanthan is an indigestible soluble fiber, which absorbs water and turns into a gel-like substance, slowing down digestion. It controls sugar entry to the bloodstream and decreasing blood sugar spikes. Xanthan aids in weight loss by increasing satiety, lowering bad cholesterol, claiming to have cancer-fighting properties, improving regularity, and used as saliva substitute.
Konjac Glucomannan is a soluble, fermentable, polysaccharide produced from the Amorphophallus Konjac (elephant yam or konjac plant) found in Asia. Konjac is available as supplements, in drink mixes, additive (emulsifier and thickener) to food products such as flour and pasta.
Fibersol is a digestion-resistant maltodextrin and a low viscosity soluble dietary fiber (90%), drawn from corn starch by proprietary method. Fibersol’s molecular bonds are indigestible, allowing digestion-resistant maltodextrin to be a healthy replacement for sugar in most foods and beverages. Fibersol’s starch linkages remain in the digestive tract, which in turn increases satiety hormones such as peptide YY (PYY) and glucose-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). It boosts essential fibers to food while reducing caloric intake, resulting in fullness for a long period of time. Thus, Fibersol can delay hunger, and ultimately reduce weight.
Chromium is a low-dose mineral present in many foods (broccoli, potatoes, whole-grain products, beef, and poultry). Chromium Picolinate is the safest form of Chromium found in dietary supplements. It promotes the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats by enhancing the potency of the hormone insulin, which in turn controls the absorption of amino acids. Sufficient Chromium improves the lowering of blood sugar, preventing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Chromium also allows minerals to absorb better by surrounding it with neutral molecules, which allows passing into the cell membrane.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin, found naturally in a wide variety of animal foods (meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy). Vitamin B12 helps convert food into glucose, which gives energy. Vitamin B12 increases the metabolism of fats and glucose, boosting energy production, which in turn decreases weight gain by muscle production and fat loss. It also helps in the production of red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of the central nervous system. It promotes high levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, preventing depression and emotional eating.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a water-soluble vitamin, which is best obtained from beans, poultry, fish, and dark leafy greens. Vitamin B6 is significant to protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells. It regulates mood and reduces stress by promoting neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid) production, which in turn decreases cravings, preventing emotional eating, and weight gain. It is also important for thought processing and healthy brain development. Vitamin B6 enhances insulin’s effect on blood glucose and glycemic index in diabetes, which leads to higher glucose-lowering potency and better glucose control.