• Cardiovascular health
• Gastrointestinal health
Serving Size: 4 g (approx. 1 tbsp)
Sunfiber® (Partially hydrolyzed guar gum) …..… 4 g
Non-medicinal ingredients: none. Sunfiber® is a registered trademark ofTaiyo International Inc.
AOR Guarantees: that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no corn, wheat, gluten, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish or any animal byproduct.
Source: Guar Gum
• Supports the health of the gastrointestinalsystem
• Enhances insulin sensitivity
• Helps lower blood pressure
• Helps lower cholesterol
Dietary fibre is an important part of the diet, and many people in Western society do not consume enough.The average daily intake of fibre in the US and many other Western countries is only about half of the recommended intake of 30-35 grams per day. Soluble fibre helps maintain the health of the gastrointestinal system, helps control blood glucose levels after a meal, and improves heart health.
Metabolic Benefits Soluble fibre is not digestible by enzymes in the gastrointestinal system, but is instead fermented by healthy bacteria in the gut. Dietary fiber slows transit times in the gastrointestinal system and stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Inside the gastrointestinal tract, healthy bacteria ferment the fiber to produce short-chain fatty acids. These fermentation products induce changes in glucose metabolism, leading to lower glucose levels after a meal and to a long-term decrease in blood lipoprotein levels. Soluble fibre intake has also been found to enhance the effects of insulin, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. A low intake of dietary fibre has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Fibre's ability to slow gastric emptying helps to increase satiety, which may be helpful for individuals who are trying to reduce energy consumption and lose weight.
How? Fiber's effects are partly due to the short chain fatty acids produced by their fermentation. These products help regulate cholesterol metabolism. There is also some evidence that soluble fibers bind bile acids or cholesterol, leading to lower levels of cholesterol in the liver and an increased clearance of LDL cholesterol. Other mechanisms that have been suggested include changes in intestinal motility, increased excretion of sterols, altered fat absorption, and increased satiety leading to lower overall energy intake.
Gastrointestinal Health Several studies have shown that soluble fibers are effective in reducing diarrhea and decreasing recovery times following intestinal surgery.
Guar Gum Benefits Irritable Bowel Syndrome The results of using partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) in irritable bowel syndrome patients were compared, at 10 g and 5 g per day taken over a period of 12 weeks. Gastrointestinal symptoms along with quality of life, and psychological symptoms were noted at baseline, at months 1 and 3 of treatment, and at month 6 follow-up observation.
In both treatment groups, quality of life and symptoms improved significantly after the first month of administration, until follow-up in comparison to the baseline. Over the short term, the guar gum was effective for improving somatic (gastrointestinal symptoms) and psychological (quality of life and psychological distress) symptoms.
However, the improvement was significantly reduced at follow-up compared to the end of treatment. Improvements in bowel functions tended to decrease after the end of the treatment period, additional studies should evaluate the benefits of PHGG at a maintenance dosage.
Treatment for Functional Constipation The results of using a hydrolyzed partially guar-gum was investigated in the treatment of functional constipation among patients in hospital. Following a blind, randomized, controlled-trial, 64 adults were divided into two groups: one group adhered to a daily high-fiber diet (approximately 30 g), and the other a comparable diet with the addition of 10 g of hydrolyzed partially guar-gum, over a 15 day period. Dietary fiber improved functional constipation by 78.0%. Hydrolyzed partially guar-gum did not cause any additional effect in frequency of defication, fecal consistence, necessity of laxative drug use, although bowel complaints were reduced. The study results indicate that dietary fiber can be useful for functional constipation treatment, although further studies are recommended.
Guar Gum is a Well Tolerated Fiber High-fiber diet sources are commonly used in IBS, although there can be several problems managing the condition. Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) has exhibited beneficial effects in human studies and animal studies. In one such study, the effects of PHGG in IBS patients were compared to a wheat bran dietary fiber intake. Bowel habits, abdominal pain and patient views of the treatment were evaluated in a total of 188 IBS patients, all of whom were adults.
Patients were divided into classifications of having either diarrhea-predominant, constipation-predominant, or changeable bowel habits and were then assigned to random groups receiving 30 g of wheat or 5 g of PHGG fiber per day. Patients were more likely to switch from PHGG from wheat bran than vice versa. Both fibers were effective at improving pain and bowel habits.
However, significantly more patients in the guar gum group reported a greater subjective improvement than those in the wheat fiber group. In conclusion, improvements in core IBS symptoms (abdominal pain and bowel habits) were observed with both bran and PHGG, but the latter was better tolerated and preferred by patients, revealing a higher probability of success than bran and a lower probability of patients abandoning the prescribed regimen, suggesting that it can increase the benefits deriving from fiber intake in IBS, making it a valid option to consider for high-fiber diet supplementation.
Metabolic Health Prospective studies have suggested that soluble fiber intake is inversely associated with the risk of coronary heart disease.Other studies have suggested inverse associations between dietary fiber and cardiovascular disease risk factors such as blood pressure, waist-hip ratio, fasting insulin level, triglyceride levels and fibrinogen levels.Fiber's effects on insulin benefit the cardiovascular system, since insulin is thought to play a role in blood pressure regulation, blood clotting and blocking the formation of arterial plaque. Several clinical trials have found that dietary fibers lower cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels. One analysis found that soluble fiber has a favorable effect on blood lipids, in which the increase of each gram of dietary fiber lowered the concentration of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the blood by about 0.052 mmol/L. Population studies have found that a lower intake of fiber is associated with higher blood pressure. An increase in fiber consumption generally results in a reduction in blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
Although many people try to increase their fibre intake through food sources, it can be difficult to get enough dietary fibre without the unpleasant gastrointestinal effects such as gas, bloating, cramping and irregular bowel movements. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble.
There are numerous types of fibre supplements from various sources available on the market, some of which are sourced from corn. Fibre supplements are taken for several reasons includingconstipation, weight management and heart health.
Supplemental forms of fibre have been found to be more effective than fibre from the diet. AOR's Solufibre contains hydrolyzed guar gum, a highly soluble, easy to take, digestion resistant form of fibre that has been used in clinical trials.
Take 1 or 2 tablespoons daily two hours before or after taking other medications, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. For each tablespoon, mix with 200 ml of liquid (water, milk, fruit juice or similar aqueous beverage). Stir briskly and drink immediately. Maintain adequate fluid intake.
Potential side effects/Safety
Cautions: For use beyond 4 weeks, consult a health care practitioner. Consult a heath care practitioner prior to use if you are taking medications which inhibit peristaltic movement (e.g. opioids, loperamide), if you have symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or fever (as these could be signs of abnormal constrictions of the gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the oesophagus and/or the superior opening of the stomach (cardia) , potential or existing intestinal blockage, paralysis of the intestine, megacolon, faecal impaction, inflamed bowel or appendicitis), if you experience chest pain, or difficulty in breathing after taking this product . May cause temporary gas and/or bloating. Do not use if you have diabetes mellitus in which blood sugar is difficult to regulate, or if you have difficulty swallowing
Pregnancy/Nursing: Consult a heath care practitioner prior to use
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