NZ Apple Fibre

Malus domestica
Brand name: FibaFit™

A rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibre to help bulk stools and allow for regular and comfortable bowel motions. Studies have shown that apple fibre supports the balance of good gut bacteria by not only increasing a type of fatty acid in the body called butyrate, but is a prebiotic fibre that helps feed the good bacteria in our gut.

Origin

Hawkes Bay, NZ

Concerns

  • Loose Stools
  • Gut Imbalance
  • Constipation
  • IBS
  • Diarrhoea

Benefits

Supports gut microbiome balance Digestive comfort Bowel regularity Prebiotic fibre

About

Apple fibre holds a rich source of nutrients, including a high concentration of polyphenols such as flavonoids, as well as dietary fibre, to aid in gut health. Flavonoids are plant compounds commonly found in fruits and vegetables which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to the environmental conditions, New Zealand grown appl...
Apple fibre holds a rich source of nutrients, including a high concentration of polyphenols such as flavonoids, as well as dietary fibre, to aid in gut health. Flavonoids are plant compounds commonly found in fruits and vegetables which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to the environmental conditions, New Zealand grown apples have one of the highest levels of flavonoids, with one of the highest bioavailability in the world. Apple fibre also contains both insoluble fibre as well as soluble fibre, making it a great ingredient to help improve gut issues.

The insoluble fibre in apple fibre makes up approximately 50% of the total dietary fibre found in apples. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water, and therefore adds bulk to stools, aiding in constipation and promoting bowel motions. Research shows that supplementing with apple fibre has successfully increased faecal weight by approximately 40%, and consequently helped to reduce stool transit time to prevent constipation.

Most of the soluble fibre found in apples is in the form of pectin, a carbohydrate commonly found in plant cell walls. When in contact with water, pectin forms a gel-like substance which aids in making stools softer and easier to pass. Soluble fiber may also be useful for diarrhoea, where it can help to slow down stool transit by absorbing water. Given its ability to improve stool viscosity, soluble fibre has been shown to significantly improve IBS symptoms, and therefore is a first-line recommendation for helping with IBS.

Furthermore, the consumption of fibre in general has been widely studied to show associations with increasing the populations of healthy bacteria species such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, as well as increasing concentrations of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) such as butyrate, with consumption of pectin alone also indicating similar fibre intakes may help to reduce or treat inflammation.

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