If you want to be sure to get the most out of the nutrients you eat, consider upping your intake of prebiotic foods. Prebiotics are indigestible plant fibres that feed the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. And new animal research links prebiotics with improved absorption of the mineral magnesium by up to 23%, according to the Journal of Food Science.
Magnesium deficiencies are linked with many chronic conditions associated with aging, including osteoporosis, a bone disease that primarily affects postmenopausal women. And many women are deficient in magnesium.
This isn’t the first study to link prebiotics with improved magnesium absorption. A 2009 found that fructooligosaccharide (FOS) consumption increased magnesium absorption in 12- to 15-year-old girls by 18% after only 36 days.
Potential benefits of prebiotics include improved bone health, colon health, immunity, satiety, and weight management. Chicory root is a main source of prebiotic ingredients, but they are also found in bananas, onions, garlic, raw oats and unrefined barley. FOS are often found in greens drinks, too – so ask at your favourite health products store.
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