Fibre Complex Plus
Our multi-fibre formula in capsules, is derived from a combination of psyllium husk, flaxseed, fenugreek, fennel seed, sugar beet, apple pectin, prune juice fruit extract rhubarb, prune juice fruit extract, carrot, broccoli and fig fruit. Fibre Complex Plus is a high fibre food supplement, providing a combination of both insoluble and soluble fibre.
This combination is more than just roughage - it also provides cellulose, pectin, lignin hemicellulose, and gums. Sugar beet fibre, in particular, has been added to help contribute to bulk.
- A multi-fibre formula
- 513mg dietary fibre per capsule
- High fibre food and herbal ingredients
- With psyllium husk and sugar beet
- A combination of soluble and insoluble fibre
- Contributes to an increase in faecal bulk
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
What is fibre?
Not all types of carbohydrate can be digested; indigestible carbohydrate is in fact what we refer to as "fibre". Fibre is found in all plants that we eat, and there are two types: insoluble fibre and soluble fibre.
Soluble fibre is "soluble" in water and when mixed with water, it dissolves forming a gel-like substance that swells.
Insoluble fibre does not absorb or dissolve in, water, instead, it passes through the digestive system closely to its original form.
There are also other types of fibre that are proteins, rather than carbohydrates.
Fibre is a key ingredient to a healthy, varied and balanced diet.
According to NHS Choices, "government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part of a healthy balanced diet. As most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day, we need to find ways of increasing our intake".
The quality of your fibre is important
Although many food manufacturers (in particular, producers of breakfast cereal) promote their products as having "added fibre", this added fibre is usually in the form of bran. This is the outer coating of the wheat grain that has been removed to make white flour; In other words, it is a waste product.
When taken in its original form as part of the whole grain, bran is nutritious. However, extracted bran that has previously been discussed is highly irritant and can actually damage the delicate membranes of our gut. Furthermore, John Dickerson (Professor of Nutrition at the University of Surrey), has stressed about the danger of adding wheat bran to a nutrient-poor diet. This is because wheat bran contains high levels of phytate, which is an anti-nutrient that can reduce the absorption of essential minerals such as zinc. To put it simply, the quality of the fibre that you include in your daily diet is just as important as the quantity.
About psyllium husks
Psyllium is a form of dietary fibre sourced from the Plantago ovata plant, specifically from the husks of the plant’s seed. It sometimes goes by the name Ispaghula. Psyllium is produced commercially mainly for its mucilage content. The term "mucilage" describes a group of clear, colourless gelling agents derived from plants. The mucilage obtained from psyllium comes from the seed coat. Mucilage is obtained by mechanical milling (i.e. grinding) of the outer layer of the seed. Mucilage yield amounts to about 25% (by weight) of the total seed yield. Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk or psyllium husk. The milled seed mucilage is a white fibrous material that is hydrophilic, meaning that its molecular structure causes it to attract and bind to water. Upon absorbing water, the mucilaginous gel that forms increases in volume by ten times or more.
About sugar beet fibre
Sugar beets consist of approximately 75% water, 20% sugar and 5% cell walls. After the sugar is extracted, remaining cell wall material - the sugar beet pulp - is used to produce the sugar beet fibre. This source of dietary fibre contains both soluble and insoluble fibres and has a water-holding capacity of 3-4 times its own weight.
When you compare sugar beet fibre to many conventional sources of dietary fibre, such as cereals and fruits, sugar beet has the following advantages:
- It has a higher content of dietary fibre, with an ideal balance of 2/3 insoluble fibre.
- It contains no phytic acid (cereal products, such as bran and flour, contain phytic acid which forms strong chemical complexes with iron and zinc and can consequently impair or reduce the natural absorption of these essential minerals in the human body).
- It is naturally free from gluten, which means it is an excellent dietary fibre source for people suffering from gluten intolerance.
Sugar beet fibre contributes to an increase in faecal bulk in two ways:
The insoluble components of the fibre increase faecal bulk by absorbing water in the large intestine, while the soluble components are fermented by bacteria in the large intestine leading to an increase in bacterial mass. Click here for EFSA scientific opinion.
100 capsules per pot
Psyllium husk powder - 500mg
Flaxseed powder - 70mg
Sugar beet fibre - 60mg
Fenugreek powder - 40mg
Apple pectin powder - 20mg
Rhubarb extract 30:1 (equivalent to 450mg fresh rhubarb powder) - 15mg
Prune juice fruit extract 5:1 (equivalent to 50mg fresh prune juice) - 10mg
Broccoli extract 15:1 (0.5% sulphurophane) (equivalent to 75mg fresh broccoli powder) - 5mg
Carrot powder - 5mg
Fig fruit extract 4:1 (equivalent to 20mg fresh fig powder) - 5mg
Fennel seed powder - 5mg
Dietary fibre: 513mg per capsule.
Ingredients: Psyllium Husk Powder, Capsule: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) (Vegetarian), Flaxseed Powder, Sugar Beet Fibre Powder, Fenugreek Powder, Apple Pectin Powder, Rhubarb ext 30:1, Prune Juice Fruit ext 5:1, Broccoli ext 15:1, Carrot Powder, Fig Fruit ext 4:1, Fennel Seed Powder
Contains no added: artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives, dairy products, gluten, lactose, soya, sugar, wheat or yeast.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Take 1 or 2 capsules, 1 to 3 times per day or adjust intake as required.
Always take with a minimum of 250ml of water. Ideally, take before an evening meal or split total intake over 2 meals.