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Important inulin facts

Inulin is form of soluble fibre that can be found in many plants. Inulin's fibre content helps the body increase its fibre content.

The bacteria in your gut bacteria converts inulin and other prebiotics into short-chain fatty acids, which help to nourish colon cells and keep the gut healthy.

  • Inulin is a prebiotic
  • Inulin is a fibrous carbohydrate classed as a starch
  • Inulin is added to many health food bars
  • Inulin naturally exists in many plant foods, such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic
  • Inulin found in pulses such as lentils and chickpeas

Inulin and health

  • Gut health - several studies have shown that inulin helps to promote good digestive health
  • Gut bacteria - studies show that inulin helps to promote good bacteria, which in turn help to ensure a healthy digestive system

People who wish to take an acidophilus supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

Inulin recommended intake

Dosage of inulin depends on the condition that is being treated. A medical doctor and/or alternative health care provider can advise on individual cases - this information is provided as a guide only:

Lifestage Age Amount (per day)
INFANTS 0-12mths Not recommended
CHILDREN 1-8yrs Not recommended
CHILDREN 9-18yrs Seek medical advice on dosage before taking it
ADULTS 19-50yrs
Gut health
5g powder
SENIORS 51+yrs Gut health
5g powder
PREGNANT   Seek medical advice on dosage before taking it
LACTATING   Seek medical advice on dosage before taking it


Types of inulin supplements

Inulin supplementation is available in the following ways:

  • Capsules - inulin powder is added into capsules
  • Tablets - inulin powder is compressed and formed into a tablet
  • Powder - inulin is dried, crushed and made into a powder

Inulin supplementation checklist

  • Take inulin with food to help with digestion
  • Benefits of inulin are more noticeable when taken over a long period of time
  • Tablets are a convenient and quick way of getting inulin
  • Inulin powder can be taken if a more controlled or lower dose is required to start

Inulin works best with

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for inulin

Generally inulin rarely has side effects if used at the recommended dosage. Some of the common (and mild) side effects that have been reported are:

  • gas (flatulence)
  • bloating
  • abdominal pain

No information on overdosage is available.


People allergic to ragweed - may experience a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) so caution is advised



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Last reviewed 21 April 2019