A study, recently released, has taken the benefits of fiber even farther down the road. Fiber has long been touted by Doctors as a good step toward preventing colon cancer and inflammation. And this new study goes farther in explaining how the fiber protects the colon and adds the benefit of taking B3 (niacin).
The process of digesting fiber causes a fatty acid chain to be produced, this fatty acid activates a particular receptor which protects the colon from inflammation and the development of colon cancer. The findings of the study also indicate that high doses of niacin have the same effect.
A spokesperson for the research team, co-author Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, says their findings help explain why a diet high in fiber can reduce the risk of colon-related health conditions and suggests that niacin – supplements already used to regulate cholesterol – can keep the colon healthy for people who have low-fiber diets.