NutraStat & Gut Health
Barley beta-glucan, contained in NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber, is a source of dietary fiber that helps to support and maintain a healthy digestive system. Barley beta-glucan has shown in vivo effects on intestinal microbiota, leading to an increased level of short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and beneficial bacterial population such as lactic acid bacteria (LAB). LAB possess potential health benefits such as control of intestinal infections and improved digestion of lactose. In terms of satiety, research has shown that the consumption of barley beta-glucan increases the viscosity of the digesta. Higher viscosity delays gastric emptying and slows the metabolism and absorption of nutrients, more precisely glucose, due to reduced enzymatic activity and mucosal absorption, leading to early satiety sensations.
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NutraStat & Cholesterol
Scientific studies have demonstrated that a daily intake of a minimum of 3 grams of barley beta-glucan, the active ingredient found in NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber, helps to reduce total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol). These biomarkers are recognized as risk factors for the development of coronary heart disease. Studies including over 1000 subjects normo- and hypercholesterolaemic have shown that barley beta-glucan lowered total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations by ~0.32 mmol/L and ~0.27 mmol/L, respectively between 4 and 12 weeks. HDL-cholesterol concentrations were not affected.
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NutraStat & Blood Sugar Levels
Barley beta-glucan, the active ingredient found in NutraStat Beta-glucan Fiber, decreases postprandial glycemic responses, without disproportionally increasing post-prandial insulinemic responses, at doses of at least 4 g per 30 g of available carbohydrates. Studies including type 2 diabetic men have shown that the intake of a low-glycemic index breakfast containing a modest amount (3 g) of beta-glucan for 4 weeks allows good glycemic control. Diets high in barley beta-glucan can benefit patients with diabetes and individuals predisposed to metabolic disease.
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