How does it work

Dietary fibers are the indigestible portion of plant foods that move through the digestive system, absorbing water. Dietary fiber consists of non-starch polysaccharides and several other plant components such as cellulose, dextrin, inulin, lignin, pectin, beta-glucans and oligosaccharides. Dietary fibers can be broadly classified as:


Water Insoluble Fibers

  • Passive water attracting properties.
  • Help to increase bulk, soften stool and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract.

Water Soluble Fibers

  • Undergo metabolic processing via fermentation.
  • Yield end products with broad, significant health benefits.

Sunfiber® is a water soluble dietary fiber. Sunfiber® greatly improves the production of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SFCA) in our digestive system, thus leading to various health benefits.



Why are SFCA’s important? SFCA’s are used by the intestinal mucosa or absorbed through the colonic wall into the portal circulation (supplying the liver) that transports them into the general circulatory system.


SCFA’s have extensive physiological actions that promote health effects, such as:


  • Stabilize blood glucose levels by acting on pancreatic insulin release and liver control of glycogen breakdown.
  • Suppress cholesterol synthesis by the liver and reduces blood level of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides responsible for atherosclerosis.
  • Lower colonic pH (raises level of acidity in the colon) which protects the lining from formation of colonic polyps and increases absorption of dietary minerals.
  • Increase proliferation of colonic bacteria beneficial for health – bifidobacteria and lactobacilli (serving a probiotic function).

The reason why we have to focus on SCFA is because they influence intestinal growth and function:


  • Enhancement of mucosal blood flow of the large intestine.
  • Enhancement of epithelial cell proliferation of the large intestine
  • Enhancement of water, Ca and Mg absorption from the large intestine.
  • Enhancement of mucus secretion from the large intestine.


Sunfiber® binds excess water and tends to add some bulk to the stool. Sunfiber® has a prebiotic effect that helps to improve the status of the micro flora in the digestive system.


Sunfiber® is not meant for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. Do not exceed the Recommended Daily Usage level.