Most of us know by now that a diet rich in fiber is important to overall good health — and is especially helpful in getting things moving when we need constipation relief. But how much do we really know about how healthy fiber can make us? Turns out, it may come down to life and death, says research that suggests a high-fiber diet increases longevity.
Previous studies have shown those who ate a fiber-rich diet also had fewer instances of diabetes, dementia and even depression. Fiber has also been proven to help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol and keep the digestive system regular. But can adding more fiber to our diet really add more years to our lives?
Benefits of a High-Fiber Diet
Making the link between high-fiber diet and longevity may not be that surprising considering the number of benefits of a high-fiber diet that we already know about.
Probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you hear eat more fiber, is constipation – and for good reason. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating the right amount of fiber-rich food acts as natural remedy for constipation by softening stool and increasing the weight and size of it.
Fiber can also lower levels of bad cholesterol which can line and narrow the walls of arteries, which forces your heart to work harder to pump blood which can lead to heart disease and strokes. Studies have shown that soluble fiber binds to this LDL cholesterol, ushering it out of the body before it can damage arteries.
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