India manufacturer launches MyFy prebiotic supplement to bridge country’s fibre gap

By Millette Burgos contact

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MyFY claims to aid in the prevention lifestyle disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol.
MyFY claims to aid in the prevention lifestyle disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol.

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Prebiotic soluble fibre dietary supplement MyFy is the first product to be launched by Galaxy Scientific Nutrition in India to address the country’s significant shortfall of fibre intake.

The firm is spearheaded by pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry stalwart Ajay Nilawar, who said other products would follow over the next couple of years.

Nilawar said: “We will continue to innovate and introduce dietary supplements in India for those metabolic and lifestyle related disorders for which no solutions exist as on date.”

Based in Mumbai, Galaxy will develop products that aid in metabolic functions, lifestyle, and food-related deficiency disorders. Dr Geeta Dharmatti, a popular nutritionist and national executive member of the Indian Dietetic Association, is part of Galaxy’s board of advisors.

The daily requirement of fibre is 14g/1000kcal, Dr Dharmatti said: “We need to eat at least 300g of vegetables and 100g of fruit apart from whole grain and pulses. If we are unable to consume this recommended amount of fibre through food, a supplement like MyFy will help to bridge the gap of deficiency for fibre.”

Consuming one to two sachets of MyFy a day, mixed in any beverage or food preparation can make up for the 5-10 gm fibre shortage in the diet of an average Indian, said the company.

Lifestyle disorder aid

MyFY also claims to aid in the prevention and prolonging the onset of lifestyle disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol.

It works by interfering in the rapid absorption of sugar glucose – avoiding blood glucose spikes, and helps in lessening sugar for fat conversion. Glucose is also absorbed more slowly, leading to glycemic, lipid and diet control, said the company.

As the supplement ferments in the large intestine, Galaxy said, MyFy releases short chain fatty acids (SCFA), which can bind with bile salts, preventing the liver from converting SCFA into cholesterol.

As a weight management aid, MyFy in the stomach helps trigger the release of the satiety hormones, reducing the tendency to snack between meals, the firm claimed.

The product is also a prebiotic that aids the growth of good bacteria in the intestines, said the company.

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