What is Sunfiber?

What is Sunfiber?


What is Sunfiber?

Sunfiber is a patented, all-natural, water-soluble dietary fiber derived from the guar bean. It is extracted by removing the husk and germ from the guar bean, resulting in a high-quality fiber. Sunfiber is highly soluble and stable, making it a popular fiber choice amongst the IBD community. It is recognized for its ability to regulate bowel movements by adding bulk to the stool, preventing constipation, and promoting regular and comfortable bowel movements.


How is it different from other fibers?

Sunfiber distinguishes itself from other fibers through several key characteristics and properties: Sunfiber is highly soluble in water, forming a clear and tasteless solution allowing for easy incorporation into a variety of foods and drinks without affecting their taste or texture. Unlike insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water and doesn’t add bulk to the stool, water-soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance when mixed with water. Additionally, while various fibers may possess prebiotic properties, Sunfiber’s specific impact on gut health sets it apart from different types of fibers. 


What is it good for?

Promoting Regular Bowel Movements

Sunfiber is effective in preventing constipation and promoting regular bowel movements. Its soluble nature allows it to absorb water, forming a gel-like substance that adds bulk to the stool.

Nourishing Beneficial Gut Bacteria

Sunfiber acts as a prebiotic, providing a food source for beneficial bacteria in the gut. These bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, which is linked to improved digestion and can help to create a stronger immune system.

Reducing Digestive Discomfort

Sunfiber can also be beneficial for individuals experiencing bloating, gas, or other forms of digestive discomfort. This is due to its ability to promote regular bowel movements and support a healthy gut microbiome, helping alleviate symptoms associated with digestive distress.

Improving Nutrient Absorption

Sunfiber can help us by boosting nutrient absorption in the gut. The gel-like substance formed by Sunfiber can bind to various nutrients, promoting their absorption in the gut. This in turn contributes to better overall nutritional benefit from the foods we eat.


Since Sunfiber is water-soluble, adequate hydration is important when incorporating it into the diet. Staying well-hydrated is generally advisable for individuals with IBD and Sunfiber’s ability to absorb water can contribute to the hydration of stool.


How does it help IBD?

Sunfiber, and other soluble fibers, are considered gentler on the digestive system compared to insoluble fibers. They can contribute to improved bowel regularity, which may be beneficial for individuals with IBD who often experience issues like diarrhea or constipation. It’s important to note that dietary changes, including the addition of Sunfiber, should be made gradually. Abrupt increases in fiber intake can lead to bloating or gas. 

As mentioned above, Sunfiber acts as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and a balanced gut microbiome is associated with improved digestive health. Individuals with IBD may have specific alterations in their gut microbiome and because of this, the introduction of prebiotics should be approached cautiously.  We have seen significant improvement in patients when incorporating Sunfiber while under the guidance of a healthcare professional, who can offer personalized advice based on the individual’s medical history, current symptoms, and treatment plan. 

Additionally, adequate hydration is essential when consuming fiber, as it helps facilitate the movement of fiber through the digestive tract. Individuals with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may have varying sensitivities to different types of fibers, and what works for one person may not be suitable for another. 

It’s important to pay attention to how the body responds to dietary changes. If there are any adverse reactions or an increase in symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bloating, or changes in bowel habits, individuals should consult their healthcare provider.

Sunfiber can help Constipation by:

Increased Bulk and Softening of Stool: Sunfiber, being a soluble fiber, has the ability to absorb water and form a gel-like substance in the digestive tract. This property can increase the bulk of the stool, making it softer and more comfortable to pass, therefore creating more regulated bowel movements

Improved Intestinal Transit Time: Soluble fibers like Sunfiber can contribute to improved intestinal transit time, reducing the time it takes for stool to move through the digestive system. This can help prevent the stool from becoming overly dry and difficult to pass.

Prebiotic Effects: A balanced and healthy gut microbiome is associated with improved digestive function, and the presence of beneficial bacteria may contribute to a more efficient digestive process.

Stimulation of Peristalsis: Peristalsis is the rhythmic contraction of muscles in the digestive tract that propels food and waste through the system. Soluble fibers like Sunfiber may stimulate peristalsis, promoting more efficient movement of stool through the intestines.


Sunfiber can help Diarrhea by:


Bulk Formation: Sunfiber has the ability to absorb water and form a gel-like substance in the digestive tract. This property adds bulk to the stool, which can be particularly beneficial in cases of watery or loose stools associated with diarrhea.

Absorption of Excess Water: Diarrhea often involves an increased amount of water in the stool. Sunfiber’s ability to absorb water may contribute to the absorption of excess moisture, helping to form a more solid stool.

Regulation of Bowel Movements & stabilizing the Gut : Sunfiber helps regulate bowel movements by promoting bulk and structure to the stool. Doing this may help to better stabilize the gut.

Prebiotic Effects: Sunfiber acts as a prebiotic, providing a food source for beneficial bacteria in the gut. A balanced gut microbiome is associated with improved digestive health, and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria may contribute to a healthier intestinal environment.

Reducing Inflammation: Some soluble fibers, including Sunfiber, may have anti-inflammatory properties. While more research is needed in this area, Sunfiber could contribute to managing symptoms associated with diarrhea.

However, it’s crucial to approach management of diarrhea with an understanding of other potential causes. Other factors, such as underlying medical conditions, infections, or medications, could contribute to diarrhea, and these should be addressed under the guidance of a healthcare professional.  While Sunfiber may be beneficial for some individuals, it may not be suitable for all cases. If you are experiencing persistent or severe diarrhea, it’s important to seek medical advice.


How to choose a Product

When choosing a Sunfiber product or any soluble fiber supplement, several factors should be considered to ensure that you select a high-quality product. Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing a Sunfiber product:

Purity and Source:

Ensure that the Sunfiber product is derived from a high-quality source, such as the guar bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba). Check for information on the purity and extraction process of the fiber and review the product’s ingredient list to ensure transparency. It should be free of unnecessary additives, fillers, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

Formulation and Additional Ingredients:

Consider the overall formulation of the product. Some Sunfiber supplements may include additional ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, or other fibers. Assess whether these additional components align with your specific health goals with help from your trusted health professional.

Patented and Recognized Brand:

Look for products from a recognized brand that utilizes patented processing methods. Sunfiber is often associated with a patented process that ensures the production of a high-quality, water-soluble fiber.

Dosage and Serving Size:

Check the recommended dosage and serving size provided by the manufacturer and follow the recommended guidelines to ensure proper and safe use of the product as dosages may vary among supplements.

Reputation of the Manufacturer:

Choose products from reputable manufacturers or brands. Research the company’s reputation, adherence to quality standards, and commitment to transparency in providing information about their products. Read customer reviews and feedback on the product. Real-world experiences from other users can provide insights into the effectiveness and tolerability of the Sunfiber. 


Summary – consult a professional

In summary, some individuals with IBD may find soluble fibers like Sunfiber to be beneficial for their digestive health. It is essential to approach dietary changes with caution and under the guidance of healthcare professionals as every individual’s response to dietary fibers can be different. Always consult with your healthcare team to ensure that any dietary modifications align with your specific health needs and treatment plan. By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing a Sunfiber product that aligns with your dietary and health needs to find relief.


You can find our Back to Balance Sunfiber here.



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