Imagine if you wanted the soluble fiber in a wheelbarrow full of black beans.

Or you wanted the soluble fiber in a pail of sweet potatoes without the calories or sugar.

The *actual* active “ingredient” in “soluble fiber” is a compound called “inulin“. (IN’-yoo-linn)

Like “insulin” without the “S”

The function of “inulin” is simply feeding beneficial germs that grow in the gut. And THAT is the actual benefit of “soluble fiber”.

The best inulin comes from ground ‘chicory root’ but can also come from “Jerusalem Artichoke” as well.

It’s usually encountered as a fine powder which has almost no taste, or has been called “slightly sweet” by people.

For animals, it has many purposes:

  1. It has all the advantages of, and is easier to use than Canned Pumpkin but it works identically.
  2. It can help with the reduction of circulating Ammonia and urea-nitrogen compounds in renal disease because there are beneficial germs that use soluble fiber AND can metabolize / excrete nitrogen in the GI tract.
  3. Effects of prebiotic oligofructose-enriched inulin on gut-derived uremic toxins and disease progression in rats with adenine-induced chronic kidney disease – PubMed
  4. It is like getting a bunch of healthy beans and vegetables in a tiny white powder package. So easy to put on the dog’s food. Cats are benefited as well.
  5. What does it “cure”? Absolutely nothing. But it does stabilize the gut and is good for dogs with an inclination to soft or loose stools, or dogs with renal function issues.

Perhaps the best is AZODYL which actually provides the GERMS that can reduce the nitrogen compounds in the bloodstream via the gut –  germs which can then be FED and supported with FOS.

Where to get FOS:

Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.