|Sarah McGowan-Freije, NatureCity author & contributor|
As milk consumption has decreased in the adolescent population, so have calcium levels. Low levels of calcium during pubescent may lead to increased risk of bone fracture later in life. A recent study suggests that consuming a soluble corn fiber supplement may boost calcium absorption in teens.
Participants in the study included 24 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15. For a period of 3 weecorn ks, they all consumed diets that contained less than the recommended amount of calcium, which is 600 grams per day. Additionally, half of the group was given 12 grams of soluble fiber while the other half took a placebo.
At the conclusion of the study, the soluble corn fiber group had an average increase in calcium absorption of 12%. The researchers calculated that continuing the soluble corn fiber supplementation would result in an additional 41.4 mg/day retained calcium and an overall additional 15.1 g of calcium in a year, which is 1.8% of total body calcium.
Researchers from Purdue University conducted the study. It was published in the August 2014 issue of British Journal of Nutrition.
Previous studies have linked soluble fiber consumption with blood sugar regulation, prevention of heart disease and breast cancer prevention.
If you are unable to find a corn fiber supplement, other sources of soluble fiber include beans, oatmeal, carrots, apples, lentils, flaxseed, berries, and nuts.