Inulin aids calcium uptake in old and young
November 01, 2004
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
Old bones benefit from inulin just as young ones do, according to new research from the Clinical Studies Unit at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA. Researchers studied the effect of an enriched inulin powder on post-menopausal women. They found that calcium uptake rose as much as 20%.
Already proven to increase calcium uptake in studies involving bone health of adolescents, Raftilose Synergy 1 inulin from Orafti, Malvern, PA, significantly increased the absorption of calcium and magnesium in older women. The new study involved 15 healthy postmenopausal women in a randomized crossover design. The enriched inulin powder contains a specific distribution of selected chain lengths of inulin and oligofructose and is easily incorporated into a range of foods and drinks.