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Fiber Reduces Inflammation and Preserves Brain Function

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  • Fiber consumption on a regular basis is known to help you maintain your weight, improve your blood sugar profile, support your immune system and control gut problems, but now it’s shown to control brain inflammation
  • Eating plenty of the foods that supply you with dietary fiber is often at the heart of maintaining the best working order of many of your body’s most important bodily functions, including those of your gut and brain
  • Dietary fiber promotes beneficial bacteria in your gut, which, when digested, produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), along with the byproduct butyrate, which reduces inflammation in the brain’s microglia
  • Microglia are a major type of immune cell in your brain that can become chronically inflamed and, as a result, cause memory and cognitive function problems as you age
  • A high-fiber diet can help lower your risk of premature death from any cause, a serendipitous perk linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease

By Dr. Mercola

Dietary fiber has been noted as a remarkable nutrient because of the many functions it can perform in your body. Getting the ideal amounts of dietary fiber can help you maintain your weight, improve your blood sugar profile, support your immune system, control gut problems that can cause both hemorrhoids and chronic constipation and even positively impact your brain health.

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