Fiber: The Dietary Nutrient For Disease Free Health

Fiber: The Dietary Nutrient For Disease Free Health

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 28 Jun 2016 - 11:46

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Get more dietary fiber in every meal for healthy digestive system say research studies. You may have heard it umpteen times but fiber’s health benefits do not just end there. New research findings suggest that fiber helps you live longer without disease as it has a protective influence against chronic conditions.

Although study findings can’t pin point how it promotes longevity or influences aging, study lead author Bamini Gopinath, an associate professor in the University of Sydney's Westmead Institute for Medical Research says, her team speculates that fiber may affect blood sugar levels, minimizing inflammation throughout the body.

"Inflammation is a key factor in aging and many chronic conditions. Also, fiber is known to increase satiety, which is likely to explain some of its health benefits," she explained.

Research Study: Researchers tracked study participants (above 49 years old) for a 10- year period, with a specific focus on fiber, carbohydrates and sugar intake. At the beginning of the study all were free from cancer and disease.

The study team concluded that 15.5 percent of the participants had aged "successfully" over the 10-year time frame in contrast to those whose fiber consumption was below-average levels were least likely to have aged well. The study defined “successfully aging” as aging with continued absence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer or heart disease and also without physical disability depression and breathing problems.

Study Findings: They also found that only 25 percent of study participants met their daily fiber intake recommendations. Although study findings can’t pin point how it promotes longevity or influences aging, study lead author Bamini Gopinath, an associate professor in the University of Sydney's Westmead Institute for Medical Research says, her team speculates that fiber may affect blood sugar levels, minimizing inflammation throughout the body.

"Inflammation is a key factor in aging and many chronic conditions. Also, fiber is known to increase satiety, which is likely to explain some of its health benefits," she explained.

Gopinath noted that "People can achieve the recommended intake of fiber consumption -- around 30 grams per day -- by eating a wide range of foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables and legumes."

"A plant-based diet is the best way to get the fiber your body needs for optimal health," says Sandon. Plant based foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and beans contain high amount of fiber which helps to keep your digestive system clean, eases your bowel movements and clears your body of toxins and carcinogens leaving less room for diseases.

Fiber or roughage is known to prevent heart disease risk, diabetes, prevent colon cancer, help lose weight and improve skin health. According to Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas, nuts, seeds, beans, avocados, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, oranges, carrots, leafy greens, corn, peas, popcorn, bran cereals and oatmeal tops the list of high fiber content foods. 

The study results were published recently in the Journal of Gerontology.

 

Reference: Medline Plus

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