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Old 11-18-2011, 08:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bananimal View Post
Mitchel --- where can I get some of them there Yadacon tubers for propagation?

Found this ---------------

Yacon FOS are completely fermented in the colon by
probiotics (Pedreschi et al., 2003), a group of beneficial
bacteria that forms part of the intestinal microflora. These
bacteria (especially some species of the genus Bifidus
and Lactobacillus) contribute to better gastrointestinal
function and help to alleviate several digestive disorders.
Besides, FOS are recognized as a soluble fiber which
causes several favorable effects during digestion:
an increase of intestinal peristaltic movements
a reduction in time of intestinal transit
an increase in the amount of water retained by the
fecal matter
an osmotic effect similar to a laxative
These effects can prevent and control constipation (Chen
Other favorable health effects have also been associated
with the fermentation of FOS in the colon. These include:
strengthening the immune system
higher absorption of calcium by the body
reduction of cholesterol level
inhibition of the production of toxins and other
carcinogenic substances in the colon.
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