Prebiotics for heart health
January 23, 2007
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
In addition to the growing number of products boasting health benefits, the research continues on ingredients that also may play a role in improving heart health.
Recent research published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests a connection between inulin and oligofructose and heart health properties. Inulin and oligofructose are functional ingredients that have proven benefits for gut health and immune function.
As part of the study, mice with a predisposition to heart disease were given Beneo Synergy1, Beneo HP or Beneo P95 (prebiotic ingredients developed by Orafti Group, Malvern, Pa.). For the control diet, the mice were given sucrose. Following 16 weeks of study, scientists found that the mice fed either Beneo Synergy1 or Beneo HP showed the least amount of fatty plaque build-up, i n s ome cases reducing plaformation by one-fifth.
"This exciting new study on atherosclerosis suggests that the proven benefits delivered by inulin and oligofructose extend to heart health," said Dr. Anne Franck, executive vice-president of science and technology, Orafti. "While further research is needed, thes results support evidence from clinical trials that inulin and oligofructose can modulate cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood."