A multi-fibre formula in capsules, derived from a combination of psyllium husk and seeds, flaxseed, fenugreek, apple pectin, fennel seed, rhubarb, prune juice fruit extract, broccoli, carrot and fig fruit.
Dietary Fibre Complex is a high fibre food supplement, which provides a combination of both insoluble and soluble fibre. This combination is more than just roughage – it also provides cellulose, pectin, hemicellulose, lignin and gums.
A multi-fibre formula
10 high fibre food and herbal ingredients
WIth psyllium husk and seeds
A combination of soluble and insoluble fibre
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
What is fibre?
Did you know that not all types of carbohydrate can be digested? Indigestible carbohydrate is actually what we refer to as “fibre”.
Fibre is found in all plants that are eaten for food, and there are two types: insoluble fibre and soluble fibre. As the name suggests, soluble fibre is “soluble” in water. When mixed with water it dissolves to form a gel-like substance and swells. Insoluble fibre does not absorb, or dissolve in, water. It passes through the digestive system in close to its original form.
There are also other types of fibre that are proteins, rather than carbohydrates.
According to NHS Choices, “government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part of a healthy balanced diet. As most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day, we need to find ways of increasing our intake”.
The quality of your fibre is important
Although many food manufacturers (particularly producers of breakfast cereal) promote their products as containing “added fibre”, this is usually in the form of bran.
Bran is the outer coating of the wheat grain, removed to make white flour. In other words, it is a waste product.
Taken in its original form, as part of the whole grain, bran is nutritious. However, extracted bran is highly irritant and can actually damage the delicate membranes of the gut. What’s more, Professor of Nutrition, John Dickerson (University of Surrey), has stressed the danger of adding wheat-bran to a nutrient-poor diet. The reason is that wheat bran contains high levels of phytate, an anti-nutrient that reduces the absorption of essential minerals (including zinc).
The bottom line – the quality of the fibre you are including in your daily diet is just as important as the quantity.
Psyllium is a form of dietary fibre sourced from the Plantago ovata plant, specifically from the husks of the plant’s seed. It sometimes goes by the name Ispaghula. Psyllium is produced commercially mainly for its mucilage content. The term “mucilage” describes a group of clear, colourless gelling agents derived from plants. The mucilage obtained from psyllium comes from the seed coat. Mucilage is obtained by mechanical milling (i.e. grinding) of the outer layer of the seed. Mucilage yield amounts to about 25% (by weight) of the total seed yield. Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk, or psyllium husk. The milled seed mucilage is a white fibrous material that is hydrophilic, meaning that its molecular structure causes it to attract and bind to water. Upon absorbing water, the mucilaginous gel that forms increases in volume by ten times or more.