Ingredient in the Spotlight: 4 Benefits of Acacia Fiber
Acacia fiber, made from the sap of the Acacia Senegal tree, has been used as a digestive treatment by native cultures for centuries. Acacia fiber, also known as acacia gum or gum Arabic, is one of the 4 soluble fibers found in Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend. Why did we include this super-fiber in our blend? Read on for 4 benefits:
1. Feeds Beneficial Bacteria
A prebiotic, acacia fiber has been shown to dramatically increase populations of good bacteria by serving as food for these friendly bugs. In one study, a daily dose for just four weeks led to significantly higher numbers of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.
2. Promotes Weight Loss
As an excellent source of soluble fiber, acacia absorbs water in the intestine and stomach to form a gel that slows digestion – promoting fullness and acting as an appetite suppressant. A 2012 study on 120 females found that daily acacia reduced BMI and body fat percentage after just 6 weeks.
3. Positive Effects on Blood Glucose
Studies show that diets high in soluble fibers are associated with increases in insulin sensitivity. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), acacia gum, a source of soluble fiber, reduces the post-prandial glycemic and insulinemic responses when replacing sugars in food and drinks. Fiber also slows the rate at which your body absorbs sugar from food, thereby helping to control blood sugar levels.
What’s more, a 2012 study published in Kidney & Blood Pressure Research showed that acacia fiber helped lower blood pressure in diabetic mice. The study’s authors concluded that acacia fiber may help defend against diabetic nephropathy, a form of kidney damage caused by poor diabetes management and high blood pressure.
4. Protects the Gut Barrier
Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system. When someone has intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut,” particles from proteins like gluten, undigested foods, and bad bacteria pass from your digestive tract to the bloodstream, setting off an immune reaction and systemwide inflammation. Acacia fiber strengthens your all-important gut barrier by feeding specific strains of beneficial bacteria that produce gut-nourishing short-chain fatty acids. One such fatty acid, butyrate, helps to repair the lining of the gut barrier and helps to reassemble the tight junctions that seal gaps between gut barrier cells.