Inulin

Inulin
Image of Inulin | C228H382O191 | Supreme Pharmavet
Chemical FormulaC228H382O191
Molecular weight6179.373 g/mol
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Traditional NameInulin
CAS Registry Number9005-80-5

Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants, industrially most often extracted from chicory. The inulins belong to a class of dietary fibers known as fructans. Inulin is used by some plants as a means of storing energy and is typically found in roots or rhizomes. Most plants that synthesize and store inulin do not store other forms of carbohydrate such as starch. In the United States in 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved inulin as a dietary fiber ingredient used to improve the nutritional value of manufactured food products. Using inulin to measure kidney function is the “gold standard” for comparison with other means of estimating glomerular filtration rate.

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