- What other names is Fructo-oligosaccharides known by?
- What is Fructo-oligosaccharides?
- How does Fructo-oligosaccharides work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Fructo-oligosaccharides.
Fructo-oligosaccharides are used for constipation, traveler's diarrhea, and high cholesterol levels.
Fructo-oligosaccharides are also used as prebiotics. Prebiotics act as food for "good" bacteria in the intestine. Don't confuse prebiotics with probiotics such as lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and saccharomyces, which are live organisms that are good for health. People sometimes take probiotics by mouth to increase the number in their intestine.
In foods, fructo-oligosaccharides are used as a sweetener.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Preventing traveler's diarrhea.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Constipation. Some evidence suggests that fructo-oligosaccharides may relieve constipation by increasing the bulk of the body's solid waste.
- Promoting growth of bacteria in the intestine.
- High cholesterol levels.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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