Active ingredients per 1 sachet: 7g SunfiberTM (Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum)
Adults or children above 12 years old take 1 sachet daily.
For easy and quick dissolve, stir the water first and slowly add Bioactive Organic Fiber content in. Or, add Bioactive Organic Fiber into a bottle of water and shake to dissolve.
Q. What is Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Formulated with Sunfiber™, the world’s most researched soluble fiber, Bioactive Organic Fiber is a true regulating, all-natural fiber that restores healthy gut flora, supports digestive balance, reduces glycemic index of food and supports healthy weight management, without the common side effects associated with most fibers - fiber-associated digestive discomforts, excess gas, bloating, diarrhea and cramping.
Affirmed as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe), this low FODMAP fiber is highly safe for daily consumption. This 100% gluten-free fiber is certified Kosher, Halal, vegetarian, non-GMO, and qualified as an Organic material. In addition, it is 100% water-soluble, tasteless, odorless, colorless and resistant to high temperatures. Hence, it can be conveniently added to recipes during cooking and baking, or added to any drinks and foods without altering taste and color of the food.
Q. What does FODMAP mean?
A. FODMAP, which stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols, are a group of short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. Some people, especially those with functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), may experience digestive discomforts, such as gas and flatulence, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation after eating high FODMAP foods which, regrettable, most high-fiber foods and dietary fiber supplements are. Thus, it is common for people with gastrointestinal disorders to have difficulty meeting the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38g of fiber in their diets, which will be crucial for gut health and bowel regularity.
Different from most dietary fibers, Sunfiber™ is a FODMAP-friendly prebiotic fibre product. This unique and excellent dietary fiber is suitable for all people, including those with gastrointestinal disorders. It helps improve gut health and microflora balance, without the risk of causing excess gas, bloating and other discomforts. This 100% water-soluble and heat-stable dietary fibers can be easily added to any foods and beverages to meet the daily dietary fiber needs.
Q. What is the source of Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Sunfiber™ in Bioactive Organic Fiber is derived from Indian guar bean grown in arid western India without any chemical treatment. Being known as partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) or guar fiber, Sunfiber™ is a 100% water soluble, galactomannan based dietary fiber. While maintaining the original high fiber content, a natural enzymatic process is employed to break down guar gum derived from the guar bean into smaller units, which can be dissolved more readily while decreasing its viscosity.
Q. What are the differences between soluble and insoluble fibers?
A. As insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it serves as a bulk for the stool, speeding up the movement of undigested food through the digestive tract. Among the common sources of insoluble fiber include beans, nuts, potatoes, and wheat bran.
Soluble fiber, which dissolves in water, supports healthy digestion, feeds good gut bacteria, moderates’ glucose absorption, reduces cholesterol levels and increases satiety. Despite the wide-ranging health benefits, some soluble fiber may cause digestive distress, such as excess gas, bloating, cramping or diarrhea after consumption.
Sunfiber™ is however different. Without causing digestive discomforts, this 100% water soluble, low-FODMAP fiber supports healthy gut flora and digestive system, and helps relieve occasional constipation and diarrhea.
Q. What are the health benefits from taking Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Formulated with Sunfiber™, Bioactive Organic Fiber is beneficial for gastrointestinal and digestive health. It helps restore a healthy gut flora, support digestive balance and relieve occasional constipation, diarrhea, bloating and indigestion. This fiber helps improve bowel regularity by normalizing the water content of the stool, softening the stool in constipation, and absorbing excessive fluid in diarrhea. In addition, this clinically proven fiber helps reduce the post-meal glucose spike. This 100% gluten-free fiber also helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and improve absorption of minerals, including calcium and iron. As the fiber helps move the food through the digestive tract at the right pace, it helps manage appetite, promote feelings of fullness and supports healthy weight management. Furthermore, Health Canada has approved health claims for the effectiveness of Sunfiber™ in treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as its ability to relieve intestinal issues related to childhood constipation. Supported by 29 published clinical studies, Sunfiber™ is much more superior than other fiber ingredients in the market.
Q. Fiber is known to help relieve constipation. Can Bioactive Organic Fiber helps relieve diarrhea?
A. Yes. While most fibers help relieve constipation, they do not address diarrhea. Instead, they can lead to loose stools in consumers who are not accustomed to high intake of dietary fiber. However, Bioactive Organic Fiber is different. It helps alleviate both occasional constipation and diarrhea, without causing digestive discomforts, such as gas and bloating. It binds excess water and adds more bulk to the stool, thereby relieving constipation. Bioactive Organic Fiber effectively improves the gut flora by moving food at the right pace, and regulating bowel movements.
Q. What is the recommended dosage for fiber in Singapore?
A. In Singapore, the recommended daily dosage for fiber is 20g for women and 26g for men. However, most of us just get 10 to 15g from the diet per day. Bioactive Organic Fiber can easily fill in the fiber gap, optimizing bowel regularity and digestive balance.
Q. How do I know if I need to consume more fiber?
A. Most adults and children do not meet the recommended daily requirement of dietary fiber. Some signs of fiber deficiency include constipation, bloating, hunger after meals, fatigue, low energy, and hemorrhoids (piles). As gluten-free foods are typically lower in fiber and hence, following a gluten-free diet may result in an even greater risk for fiber deficiency. If you have any of the signs mentioned or following a gluten-free diet, the 100% gluten-free Bioactive Organic Fiber is your perfect choice to close the fiber gap.
Q. Are there any side effects associated with consumption of Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. There are no known side effects associated with daily consumption of Bioactive Organic Fiber. While some dietary fibers could trigger excess gas, bloating or diarrhea in certain people, these gastrointestinal discomforts are not associated with Bioactive Organic Fiber, when taken at the recommended dosage.
Q. Are all dietary fibers considered as prebiotics?
A. While all prebiotics are dietary fibers, not all dietary fibers are prebiotics. For a food ingredient to be classified as a prebiotic, it must have the ability to resist stomach acid and enzymes, reaching the gut for fermentation by the intestinal microflora. In addition, it needs to have the capability to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which potentially associated with health and well-being. Bioactive Organic Fiber serves as both dietary fiber and prebiotics. This unique prebiotic fiber produces short chain fatty acids (SCFA) in the gut via fermentation process. Unlike inulin and other soluble fibers, this galatomannan-based fiber is fermented extremely slow, minimizing the risk of digestive discomforts (such as gas and bloating), while allowing higher total amount of SCFAs produced over a longer period. SCFA plays important role in health maintenance. It serves as an energy source to activate colon cells, prevents the growth of bad bacteria in the intestines, increases the ability of body to absorb minerals (such as calcium) and manages appetite.
Q. How to consume Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Bioactive Organic Fiber comes in powder form. Mix one sachet of the fiber with one glass of water at any temperature. It dissolves rapidly, crystal clear, grit-free, tasteless, odorless, colorless and easy-to-take. In addition, this fiber can be mixed effortlessly with any foods and beverages (such as coffee, milk, tea, yogurts, cereals) and added to recipes during cooking and baking, without altering taste, aroma, and color.
Q. When is the best time to consume Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Bioactive Organic Fiber can be taken any time of the day, with or without food. It is advisable to take first thing in the morning to help kick-start your day with healthy digestive system. Taking Bioactive Organic Fiber in the morning can help normalizing bowel movements, prevent constipation, diarrhea and bloating. For those who are concerned over body weight, blood glucose and triglycerides, it is best to take it before meal for best effects.
Q. Can children consume Bioactive Organic Fiber?
A. Yes, Bioactive Organic Fiber is suitable for all ages for healthy bowel movement and digestive wellness, including relieving the symptoms of chronic abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. For all ages above 9 months, the recommended dosage is 1 sachet (7 grams) per day.
Q. Is Bioactive Organic Fiber safe for use during pregnancy and lactation?
A. While Sunfiber™ formulated in Bioactive Organic Fiber has been taken by pregnant and lactating women for years to help improve intestinal regularity and mitigate bloating and cramping, pregnant and lactating mothers are strongly advised to consult physician before taking any supplements.
Research proven health benefits of SunfiberTM:
The following were extracted from clinical studies and for referencing purpose only. This does not imply that the product is claimed to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1) Gastrointestinal health
Sunfiber™ or partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) is a water-soluble dietary fiber that helps relieve abdominal discomforts, improve bowel movement, and support gastrointestinal health by modulating gut microbiota. It is important to note that Health Canada has approved health claims for effectiveness of Sunfiber™ in mitigating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and relieve intestinal issues related to childhood constipation.
In this clinical trial, 44 healthy volunteers (average 41.9 ± 6.3 years old) with a tendency toward diarrhoea, particularly irritable bowel syndrome diarrhoea (IBS-D)-like symptoms, were orally administered Sunfiber™ at 5g/day for 3 months. This resulted in significant improvement in stool form, as evaluated using Bristol stool scale (BSS). In BSS, types 1 and 2 indicate constipation, types 3 and 4 are considered healthy stool, while types 5 to 7 indicate diarrhoea. In addition, there were significant changes in the ratio of some bacteria, including an increase in the number of beneficial Bifidobacterium. These findings suggest that Sunfiber™ helps improve stool form by regulating gut flora.
In this clinical trial, 20 healthy volunteers were orally administered 5 g PHGG up to 3 times a day, including a 3-week washout period. A stool diary was kept daily, while clinical data, along with serum/plasma and stool samples were collected on a weekly basis. Results showed that PHGG administration significantly improved stool frequency and consistency. In addition, it also improved diversity of gut flora and increases abundances of metabolites, including butyrate, acetate, and various amino acids. Furthermore, PHGG intake was associated with a bloom of beneficial bacteria Ruminococcus, Fusicatenibacter, Faecalibacterium and Bacteroides, and reduction of harmful bacteria Roseburia, Lachnospiracea and Blautia. After stopping the prebiotic, majority of the effects disappeared. These findings suggest the beneficial effects of PHGG in improving gut microbiota.
In this clinical trial, healthy volunteers were administered 21g Sunfiber™ daily, which was spread out as 7 g servings, 3 times a day for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, both beneficial bacteria Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus levels significantly increased compared to baseline. In addition, the stool pH decreases, indicating the production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids(SCFA).
In this clinical trial, constipated women were orally administered 11g Sunfiber™ twice per day for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks consumption, the Lactobacillus levels significantly increased and the participants reported significant relief of constipation, compared to control period.
In this clinical trial, 77 patients with small bowel intestinal overgrowth(SIBO) were orally administered standard antibiotic treatment or antibiotic plus 5g Sunfiber™ for 10 days. SIBO occurs when there is an abnormal increase in bacteria which are not commonly found in the digestive tract, resulting in gas, bloating and other discomforts. Results showed that the eradication rate of SIBO in the antibiotic group alone was 62.1%, while the eradication rate was 87.1% in the antibiotic plus Sunfiber™ group. This study
suggests that Sunfiber™ may be useful as an adjunct therapy for SIBO by increasing the efficacy of antibiotics, which is the first line of treatment for SIBO in eradicating SIBO (Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 32: 1000-1006 (2010)).
In this clinical trial, healthy female volunteers were orally administered 6g Sunfiber™ daily for 2 weeks and the composition of their gut microbiome was compared before and after Sunfiber™ supplementation. Sunfiber™ supplementation resulted in significant increase in Bifidobacterium levels, as well as butyrate (short-chain fatty acid)-producing bacteria. Compared to baseline, the Bifidobacteria levels remained significantly higher for 2 weeks after stopping Sunfiber™ supplementation, indicating its long-lasting benefits (Benef Microbes. 6(4):451-5 (2015)).
In this clinical trial, healthy adults with loose stools were orally administered 5g Sunfiber™ for 12 weeks. Compared to placebo group, Sunfiber™ supplementation resulted in significant increase in Bifidobacterium level and normalisation of stool form. These findings suggest that Sunfiber™ serves as a prebiotic fiber, as well as aiding in bowel regularity (Nutrients. 11(9)(2019)).
2) Immune health
PHGG is a prebiotic fiber derived from guar gum and contains glucomannan. Bacteria in the colon ferments glucomannan into short-chain fatty acids, which provide far-reaching benefits for gastrointestinal and immune health.
In this clinical trial, patients admitted to Hokusei Hospital were orally administered PHGG at 5.2 g/day at mealtimes, or placebo. After starting the PHGG administration for 2 months, incidence of influenza during hospitalisation, stool pH and Bristol Stool Form Scale (BSS) were compared between the two groups. Results showed that there was a significant difference (p < 0.001) in the incidence of influenza between PHGG and
placebo groups, with greater incidence of influenza in the placebo group. In addition, the placebo group had more patients with high stool pH, as well as with very poor BSS, which score 1 or 7. The average pH for a healthy person is in the range of 7.0 to 7.5. A high stool pH could be due to deficiency of beneficial bacteria, short-chain fatty acids and fiber. These findings suggest the beneficial effect of PHGG on the intestinal environment and immune health, which contributes to reducing the incidence of influenza.
3) Gastrointestinal tolerance of low FODMAP supplement
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly treated by adjusting the diet of IBS patients. Increasing the intake of dietary fiber and limiting the intake of FODMAP are the two frequent recommendations for IBS patients. As most fibers are high in FODMAP, this results in a limited number of suitable dietary fibers for IBS patients. Sunfiber™ is however different. This unique fiber, which is low in FODMAP and yet providing a rich source of dietary fiber, would be an ultimate choice for IBS patients. In this clinical trial, healthy adults (19 – 32 years old) were orally administered either one of 3 types of low FODMAP supplements, or positive control, which is 5g fructooligosaccharides (FOS) mixed in lactose-free milk. Following treatment consumption, breath hydrogen was measured at baseline, 1, 2, 3 and 4 hours. Hydrogen breath test is a test for lactose intolerance or bacterial overgrowth in small intestines. Compared to positive control, all three of the low FODMAP supplements resulted in lower breath hydrogen response at 3 and 4 hours after consumption. This indicates that low FODMAP formulas may be better tolerated in individuals with IBS.
Bioactive Organic Fiber is a scientifically proven soluble fiber which helps move food through the digestive tract to maintain digestive health and microflora balance. Taking Bioactive Organic Fiber daily helps support everyday digestive wellness, balance and regularity.
Bioactive Organic Fiber is formulated with Sunfiber™ (Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum) which helps food digest comfortably and move through the gut at the right pace. This helps normalise the digestive system and improve both occasional constipation and diarrhea.
Bioactive Organic Fiber is an effective way to get enough soluble fiber which is essential for gut health and regularity.
Many high-fiber foods are also high in FODMAPS. And FODMAPS are known to cause gas-related pain, constipation and/or diarrhea. Bioactive Organic Fiber is a low FODMAP Certified product.
The Superior Choice for Gut Health
Unlike other fibers, Bioactive Organic Fiber does not “block” the gut, but rather slows the gastric transit time, resulting in a comfortably full and satiated feel. Bioactive Organic Fiber also improves absorption of minerals, including Ca, Fe, Zn. Other fibers often decrease the absorption rates.