Welcome to the Nutrastat Frequently Asked Questions page! Here, we answer some key questions about Nutrastat and the benefits associated with it. Didn't find the answer to your question? Feel free to send your question to us via the contact page.


FAQs: General

Where can I buy NutraStat?
We are currently partnered with several major retailers in Alberta and nationwide with Sobeys and Safeway. See a complete list of retailers who currently stock NutraStat.

Alternatively, you can always purchase NutraStat directly from our website here (with free shipping on orders over $30).

What is NutraStat?
NutraStat is a daily barley fibre supplement rich in beta-glucans. It is one of the cleanest, most beneficial fibre supplements currently available.

What is Beta-Glucan?
Beta-Glucan is a type of soluble fibre naturally found in barley and oats. Barley beta-glucan is recognized by health Canada and the FDA for its ability to improve gut health and regularity, naturally lower cholesterol, and regulate blood glucose levels.  Learn more about beta-glucan here.

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How do I take NutraStat?
NutraStat can be dissolved in water and other beverages, or mixed into meals. It’s neutral, slight cereal taste makes it incredibly versatile. See a complete guide for taking NutraStat here.

How much NutraStat should I take each day?
1 to 4 tablespoons per day. We recommend starting with 1 tablespoon per day for the first week to allow your body to adjust to increased fibre intake, gradually working your way up to your desired dosage. 3 tablespoons per day provides the ideal amount of beta-glucan to naturally lower cholesterol.

How much NutraStat comes in each tub?
A 185g tub of NutraStat provides 42 tablespoons. This equates to a 2-week supply if you are taking the recommended 3 tablespoons per day.

Is NutraStat gluten free?
No, NutraStat contains trace amounts of gluten because it's extracted from barley.  We do not recommend NutraStat for anyone with a severe gluten allergy.

Is NutraStat safe for pregnant women?
Yes, NutraStat is safe for pregnant women.

Is NutraStat safe for children?
Yes, NutraStat is safe for children.  Many parents find NutraStat easy to incorporate into their children's diets due to it's neutral and natural taste.  Please note, children require lower amounts of daily fibre compared to adults.  As a general rule, children should be consuming approximately 14g of dietary fibre per 1000 kcal per day (according to Health Canada).  This roughly equates to 19g per day for 1-3 year olds, and 25g per day for 4-8 year olds. 

Is the NutraStat tub recyleable?
Yes, you can recycle your NutraStat tub in the same bin as your other plastic containers.


FAQs: Gut Health and Satiety

How does NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber help you to improve your gut health and satiety?

The active ingredient in NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber is barley beta-glucan. Barley beta-glucan has been shown to be a prebiotic that is fermented by colonic microorganisms producing short chain fatty acids (SCFA), which are source of energy for the cells lining the colon. Barley beta-glucan can enhance the growth rate of lactic acid bacteria in the human intestine, helping in the control of intestinal infections and improved digestion of lactose*.

The high viscosity of barley beta-glucan slows down the digestion process and facilitates gradual absorption of food components, increasing satiety which leads to a reduced food intake. In addition, the satiating effect may occur by the generation of SCFA through colonic fermentation of this soluble fiber. SCFA modulate the release of various appetite-regulating hormones, including PYY, GLP-1, and ghrelin*.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


FAQs: Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance produced mainly by the liver. Your body produces about 80% of the cholesterol needed to maintain vital physiological functions such as the synthesis of steroid hormones and vitamin D, as well as bile acids required for the metabolism of lipids and fat-soluble vitamins. The other 20% of cholesterol is obtained through the diet when you consume foods from animal sources.

How is cholesterol transported in your blood?

Since cholesterol is minimally soluble in the blood, it is transported by low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Scientific research has shown that excessive amounts of cholesterol transported by low-density lipoproteins, commonly known as LDL-cholesterol or “bad cholesterol”, is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.

What causes high LDL- cholesterol?

Studies have shown that high LDL- cholesterol levels are linked to the consumption of industrial trans fats and a diet very high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars.

What are the recommended cholesterol levels in adults?
  • Total cholesterol: less than 200mg/dL
  • LDL-cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL-cholesterol: greater or equal to 40 mg/dL

How does NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber help you to reduce LDL-cholesterol?

NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber is carefully formulated to contain barley beta-glucan in the right proportions to help you fight high cholesterol levels. Several scientific research studies have demonstrated that barley beta-glucan increases the viscosity of the mucosal surface of the intestine and binds to bile acids reducing their reabsorption to the liver. Consequently, the liver synthesizes new bile acids from cholesterol, reducing blood circulating (LDL) cholesterol concentrations.

How many servings do I need to consume in order to get the health benefit?

You will need to consume at least 3 grams of barley beta-glucan per day. That means 1 serving of NutraStat Fiber Plus, 3 times daily. However, if you want to consume more, you can do it! 

How does NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber compare to statins?

Although statins are widely popular drugs that regulate blood cholesterol levels, their mechanism of action is not natural. Statins block the normal action of the enzyme responsible for producing cholesterol in the liver. This antinatural process generates toxicity, inflammation and damage to the liver.

Other side effects include increased muscle and joint pain, fatigue and increased risk of diabetes mellitus. NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber in contrast, promotes a more physiologically-based rebalancing process by trapping and eliminating excess of cholesterol.

What changes should I make in my diet that complements my NutraStat program to maintain and/or improve healthy cholesterol levels?

Avoid or cut back:

  • Foods that contain industrial trans fats made with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (margarines and shortenings) such as pastries and baked goods.
  • Processed and ready-to-eat frozen foods that are usually high in saturated fat and other unhealthy ingredients.
  • Refined and rapidly digestible carbohydrates such as instant grains (oatmeal and rice), puffed breakfast cereals, gluten free foods made with refined starches (potato, tapioca, corn, rice, etc.), rice noodles, white bread, boiled and mashed potatoes, soda crackers and pancakes.
  • Sugars: white/brown sugar, glucose corn syrup, maltodextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, fruit juice concentrates, malt sugar, molasses, syrup sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose).
Consume in moderation:
  • Animal-based sources of saturated fat such as meat, cheese, butter and cream.
Consume more:
  • Foods high in polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids: mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, tahini, flax seeds, chia seeds, pine nuts and walnuts.
  • Monounsaturated fats: avocados, almonds, cashews, peanuts, and oils including cold pressed olive oil, safflower oil, and avocado oil.
  • Foods made with whole grains: brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet.
  • Legumes and pulses: beans, peas, lentils, fava beans and chickpeas.
  • Green vegetables: arugula, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, watercress.
How long does NutraStat take to lower my cholesterol levels?
    Consuming 3g of barley beta-glucan per day has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol levels in between 4-12 weeks.

    FAQs: Blood Sugar Control

    How does NutraStat Fiber Plus help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet?
    Barley beta-glucan contained in NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber increases the viscosity of the meal. A high viscous meal delays gastric emptying and slows down the digestion and metabolism of carbohydrates and glucose due to a reduced enzymatic activity and mucosal absorption*.
    What changes should I make in my diet to complement my NutraStat program to maintain and/or improve healthy blood glucose levels?
    Avoid or cut back:
    • Simple sugars: corn fructose syrup, glucose syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, icing sugar.
    • Refined carbohydrates or carbohydrates where the fibers have been removed: white flour, starches.
    • Rapidly digestible carbohydrates: potato, corn, wheat, white rice.
    • Gluten free foods made with starches as main ingredients.
    • Maltodextrin
    Consume more:
    • Foods made with whole grains: brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet.
    • Legumes and pulses: beans, peas, lentils, fava beans and chickpeas.
    • Green vegetables: arugula, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, watercress.
    • Pseudo cereals: quinoa and chia seeds.
    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.