\nOne of the 4 soluble fibers found in Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend is Larch Arabinogalactan. What is it and why did we include it in our blend? Larch Arabinogalactan is a natural extract from larch trees that has been proven to have powerful digestive and immune benefits.\nDigestive Benefits\nThe longest recognized use of Larch Arabinogalactan is probably as a source of dietary fiber. As a prebiotic, it acts as food for friendly bacteria, and has been shown to increase the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA's), principally butyrate and proprionate. These SCFAs are critical to the health of the colon. They protect the intestinal lining against disease and cancer promoting agents by providing the main energy source for the colonic cells and increasing beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus. Larch AG is essentially a wonderful way to balance the microflora protect the gastrointestinal tract in general.\nPromotes Healthy Immune System\nWhile Larch Arabinogalactan has a huge impact on digestive health, it has received even more attention for its ability to promote the health of our immune system. Some recent research has concluded:\n\nLarch Arabinogalactan reduced cold incidences by 23% by increasing the body’s potential to fight off cold infections.\nBoosts the immune system’s natural response to the tetanus vaccine and Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common cause of pneumonia.\n\nReduces inflammation and reduces the inflammatory response to allergies.\nArabinogalactans have also shown an increase in the potency of antiviral drugs.\nSupplementation of larch arabinogalactan slightly increased the activation of T-helper cells (CD4 white blood cells), preventing opportunistic infections.\n\nDosing and Side Effects\nEach serving of Gut garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend contains 1.75 grams of Larch Arabinogalactan. The most common side effects are initial gas and bloating, due to its properties as a prebiotic.