Beneficial Effect of Intestinal Fermentation of Natural Polysaccharides

Nutrients. 2018 Aug 9;10(8):1055. doi: 10.3390/nu10081055.


With the rapid development of modern society, many chronic diseases are increasing including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, etc., which further cause an increased death rate worldwide. A high caloric diet with reduced natural polysaccharides, typically indigestible polysaccharides, is considered a health risk factor. With solid evidence accumulating that indigestible polysaccharides can effectively prevent and/or ameliorate symptoms of many chronic diseases, we give a narrative review of many natural polysaccharides extracted from various food resources which mainly contribute their health beneficial functions via intestinal fermentation.

Keywords: diabetes; dietary fiber; metabolic syndrome; microbiota; polysaccharide.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / metabolism*
  • Dietary Fiber / metabolism*
  • Digestion*
  • Fermentation*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome*
  • Humans
  • Intestines / microbiology*
  • Polysaccharides / metabolism*


  • Dietary Fiber
  • Polysaccharides