Clinical and metabolic aspects of using dietary fibers

Dubinin, A.V.; Babin, V.N.

Klinicheskaia Meditsina 68(1): 15-21


ISSN/ISBN: 0023-2149
PMID: 2159575
Document Number: 366419
The clinical effects of dietary fibre are reviewed from the point of view of the generation and functions of short-chain monocarboxylic acids (MCA), the effects of MCA on diseases connected with disorders of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and treatment of large intestinal disorders by employing dietary fibres. It is concluded that dietary fibres are effective in so far as they are capable of adjusting the metabolic equilibrium between the organism and its microflora. The more profound the disturbance, the more effective the dietary fibres. It is necessary to use dietary fibres all the time and not just when ill, if the hypothesis that short-chain MCA participate in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism is accepted.

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