Soluble corn fiber can help young ladies construct bone, and older ones protect bone.
According to a new research from Purdue university, “supplementing with soluble corn fiber at two critical stages in a woman’s life-adolescence and post-menopause can help build and retain calcium in bone.”
Soluble corn fiber (SCF) is a non-digestible carbohydrate used in foods and beverages such as cereals, baked foods, candy, dairy products, frozen foods, carbonated beverages, and flavored water.
Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of nutrition science says, “We are looking deeper in the gut to build healthy bone in girls and help older women retain strong bones during an age when they are susceptible to fractures”.
“Soluble corn fiber, a prebiotic, helps the body better utilize calcium during both adolescence and post-menopause. The gut microbiome is the new frontier in health,” she adds.
Findings from the study on postmenopausal women were published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, while the findings on adolescent girls were published in Journal of Nutrition.
Weaver and colleagues found that after prebiotic fiber passes through the gut for the microbes in the lower gut to digest, the SCF is broken down into short-chain fatty acids, which assist in the maintenance of bone health.
“Most studies looking at benefits from soluble corn fiber are trying to solve digestion problems, and we are the first to determine that this relationship of feeding certain kind of fiber can alter the gut microbiome in ways that can enhance health,” Weaver said. “We found this prebiotic can help healthy people use minerals better to support bone health.”
“Calcium alone suppresses bone loss, but it doesn’t enhance bone formation. These fibers enhance bone formation, so they are doing something more than enhancing calcium absorption,” Weaver said.
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