Fiber Is Good For You. Now Scientists Know Why

At Silver Fern Brand, we have been preaching the benefits of fiber for years now. We were thrilled to see this amazing article in the New York Times that syncs up nicely with our philosophy on the role of probiotics and fiber on gut health. 

Here are some highlights:

  • The scientists focused on the diversity of species that make up the mouse’s gut microbiome. Shifting the animals to a low-fiber diet had a dramatic effect, they found: Many common species became rare, and rare species became common. Along with changes to the microbiome, both teams also observed rapid changes to the mice themselves. Their intestines got smaller, and its mucus layer thinner. As a result, bacteria wound up much closer to the intestinal wall, and that encroachment triggered an immune reaction.

  • After a few days on the low-fiber diet, mouse intestines developed chronic inflammation. After a few weeks, Dr. Gewirtz’s team observed that the mice began to change in other ways, putting on fat, for example, and developing higher blood sugar levels.
  • Fiber may also help reverse obesity. Last month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Holscher and her colleagues reviewed a number of trials in which fiber was used to treat obesity. They found that fiber supplements helped obese people to lose about five pounds on average.

There is so much more. Read the whole thing. 

If you are looking for an easy way to get more fiber check out Tino Prebiotic Fiber Supplement. If you are looking for the right probiotic to restore your microbiome, check out the Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic. The two together are a dynamite combo to restore gut health. 

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