Beneftis of Dextrin
Dextrin is a type of light carbohydrate which binds together all the ingredients in our detox foot pads. Without it, the ingredients in our foot pads would disperse, leaving you deprived of maximal benefit.
But binding is not all that Dextrin can do for you. It has benefits as a natural fiber, which can aid your body's natural ability to expel waste. In this article, we'll discuss those benefits in detail. But first, let's talk a bit about what Dextrin is.
What is Dextrin?
Dextrin is actually a name for a type of low molecular weight carbohydrates. Dextrins are produced by enacting the process of hydrolysis on starches. Hydrolysis involves splitting water up into its basic components and allowing those components to attach to other molecules.
There are several types of Dextrin and they have related formulas. They are produced through acidic hydrolysis performed on potato starches. And, they are soluble in water.
Dextrin is used in many glue products, even children's school glue, because it is safe, cheap and non-toxic. It is also commonly used in the processing of food and medicine. Some forms of Dextrin can be broken down into simpler parts by the body. But indigestible Dextrin is often used as a fiber supplement. The Dextrin in Dr. Group's Detox Food Pads is indigestible.
But wait, isn't consuming indigestible substances bad? Not always. Fiber is not digested by the body. Because of this it can combine with bad toxins in the body and make it easy for your body to expel otherwise difficult-to-pass toxins.
The Health Benefits of Dextrin
Dextrin's health benefits are well documented. It's an important ingredient in Dr. Group's Detox Foot Pads® because of its binding abilities, and for even more reasons. It has demonstrated all of the following benefits:
- Increases health-promoting digestive bacteria
- Reduces cholesterol and fat cell levels
- Excludes toxins from the body
- Keeps defecation regular
- Increases satisfied appetite
- Reduces blood sugar levels, and regulates insulin response
- Reduces risk of coronary heart disease and related diseases
- Helps fight colon diseases
In other articles, we've described a variety of traditional folk wisdom to verify some of the health benefits of our products. Knowledge of these elements has come from centuries of experimentation. Our knowledge of the benefits of fiber supplements as specific as Dextrin is limited to the modern industrial period. But this does not mean that it is any less important to keeping your body healthy. Let's cover these benefits one by one.
Dextrin Increases Health-promoting Digestive Bacteria
Dextrin is widely understood to increase levels of bacteria lactobacilli which are responsible for increasing your digestive abilities.¹ It helps this bacteria to grow in your colon. As these good bacteria grow they reduce the resources for bad bacteria, causing the levels of bad bacteria in your colon to shrink. Further, as Dextrin ferments it produces 'short-chain fatty acids' which promote the health of your intestines.²
Dextrin Reduces Cholesterol and Fat Cell Levels
It has also been verified that Dextrin reduces bad cholesterol levels and fat cell size. Let's discuss bad cholesterol first.
Dextrin reduces the level of 'blood triglycerides' in your bloodstream and something called serum LDLcholesterol - this is a kind of bad cholesterol. But it also retains HDL, the good cholesterol.²
It is also known to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the liver.4
It does this by improving the metabolizing of carbohydrates which lowers cholesterol levels. It lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) but retains the HDL cholesterol (good kind).³
We also know that Dextrin reduces the level of high-density lipoproteins which the body turns into fat.4 It also reduces blood glucose levels, which indicates that it may help reduce obesity levels. By reducing blood glucose levels it is thought to prevent obesity in some animals and reduce the level of fat in your internal organs.³
Dextrin Removes Toxins from the Body
Like many fibers, Dextrin removes toxins from the body.5 Indigestible fiber attaches itself to a variety of toxins in the body (the study specifically tracks its combination with PBC or polychlorinated biphenyls) and excretes them in the form of feces and urine. Fibers are generally known for their ability to clean out the digestive system but we have specific evidence of this to back up common knowledge.
Dextrin Increases Appetite Satisfaction
Because we know that Dextrin helps to decrease blood glucose levels and reduce the absorption of fat, we also know that it increases appetite satisfaction. In other words, it helps you to feel full from less food.6 It shares this feature with many other kinds of fiber but without all the same side effects — like an increased level of gas. The particular study cited in this section found that Dextrin ingestion decreases blood glucose levels even thirty minutes after a meal, reducing hunger after eating. It helps the hungriest overweight people in particular.6
Dextrin Reduces Coronary Heart Disease Risk & Risk of Related Diseases
Dextrin, as we saw above, reduces blood glucose levels, repels bad cholesterol while keeping good cholesterol and reduces the fat levels in internal organs. For all of these reasons, Dextrin is thought to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other related diseases. We know in particular that it aids in reducing cholesterol levels, which directly reduces the risk of heart disease.³
Dextrin Reduces the Risk of Colon Disease
Finally, Dextrin reduces the risk of colon disease in several ways. First, it rids the colon of a variety of toxins because it is a fiber. Second, because of its low molecular weight, it passes quickly through the colon and does not linger there. It does not produce as much gas as other fibers because it ferments slowly. And its slow fermentation helps to produce short chain fatty acids which promote good colon health.³ It aids the production of healthy bacteria in the colon, helping to fight various forms of bad bacteria. As the population of good bacteria grows, it reduces the level of bad bacteria.³
A recent study has shown that Dextrin contains a fiber a 'resistant starch' or RS1 which has a 'low glycemic index' and reduces the risk of colon disease. It also reduces colon disease risk because it reduces the incidence of Type II diabetes, which is quite bad for the colon.
As we mentioned above, Dextrin is an ingredient in Dr. Group's Detox Foot Pads® because it binds the other six ingredients in the foot pads together. And because of its ability to bind with toxins, it facilitates in their expulsion from your body through your feet. Together with the other ingredients it stimulates your body's natural detoxification abilities and then locks the expelled toxins in the pads for you to discard them in the morning.
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- Nagata, J., and M. Saito. "Effects of simultaneous intakes of indigestible dextrin and diacylglycerol on lipid profiles in rats fed cholesterol diets." Nutrition 22 (2006): 395-400.
- Kimura, Yasuhiro, Yasuo Nagata, and Randal K. Buddington. "Some Dietary Fibers Increase Elimination of Orally Administered Polychlorinated Biphenyls but Not That of Retinol in Mice." Journal of Nutrition 134 (2004): 135-42.
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- Kendall, C. W., A. Emam, L. S. Augustin, and D. J. Jenkins. "Resistant starches and health." Journal of AOAC International 87 (2004): 769-73.