The general recommendation among conventional circles of dietary fiber intake is 25 to 30 grams per day. Those in the natural health field recommend at least 35 grams per day. I created an entire diet around this recommendation: The Fiber35 Diet.

Americans struggle to consume even the lower end of these recommendations. In fact, the average dietary fiber intake is 10 – 12 grams daily. For this reason, many people take fiber supplements as a way to increase their daily fiber intake.

Fiber has long been touted for its beneficial effects, most notably for cardiovascular support. A recent analysis of seven studies on dietary fiber intake (both from food and from supplements) has found that as fiber consumption increased, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP, a marker for inflammation related to cardiovascular disease) decreased.

Increase your daily fiber intake by adding plenty of fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains to your diet. If you still find it difficult to eat this much fiber, look for a fiber supplement, fiber bar, or fiber shake that can help you achieve your goal.