Chicory Root (inulin)

Does chicory root (inulin) work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Chicory Root (inulin)

The overall effectiveness rating for chicory root (inulin) is 1.9 out of 3. This rating means there is some evidence that using chicory root (inulin) may lead to positive results. This rating also means that some evidence does not back up all claims. Below you can find individual ratings for specific claims.

Overall Confidence Rating for Chicory Root (inulin)

There are 7 studies in the database on chicory root (inulin); the confidence rating is 47. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for chicory root (inulin) as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about chicory root (inulin). Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Energy Balance (calories in & calories out) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase satiety
decrease calorie intake

Cardiovascular Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels
lower total cholesterol levels
lower triglyceride levels


Title of Study
Effects of dietary inulin on serum lipids
Effects of dietary inulin on serum lipids, blood glucose and the gastrointestinal environment in hypercholesterolemic men
Long-term administration of inulin-type fructans has no significant lipid-lowering effect in normolipidemic humans
Prebiotic supplementation improves appetite control in children with overweight and obesity: a randomized controlled trial
The effect of ingestion of inulin on blood lipids and gastrointestinal symptoms in healthy females
The Effect of Inulin Supplementation on Blood Lipid Levels, and Fecal Excretion of Bile Acid and Neutral Sterol in Korean Postmenopausal Women
The effect of the daily intake of inulin on fasting lipid, insulin and glucose concentrations in middle-aged men and women