Glucomannan For Weight Loss

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What is Glucomannan?

Glucomannan is a water soluble and fermentable dietary fiber derived from the root of Amorphophallus konjac or elephant yam. It is a native plant of Asia, with China being the largest producer.

Glucomannan Food Uses

In Asia, glucomannan is commonly used in foods and drinks such as shirataki noodles, pasta, rice, konjac jelly (konnyaku) and tofu. As a food additive, it is used as a gelling agent, food thickener, emulsifier and stabiliser.

Glucomannan – Traditional Chinese Medicine

Glucomannan has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating asthma, cough, hernia, breast pain, burns, blood related disorders and skin problems.

Potential Therapeutic Uses of Glucomannan

– relieve constipation
– reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol
– regulate blood sugar, so may help in managing diabetes
– aid weight loss

Glucomannan For Weight Loss

Clinical studies have shown that glucomannan lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and body weight.

In a double-blind study, 20 obese participants who took 1 gram of glucomannan an hour prior to each of 3 meals per day lost an average 5.5 lbs at the end of 8 weeks. Serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were reduced by 21.7 and 15.0 mg/dl respectively.

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How does Glucomannan promote weight loss?

Glucomannan can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water to form a viscous gel. Being high in fiber and virtually calorie free, glucomannan may promote weight loss by increasing satiety.

Glucommanan helps to control appetite and promote the feeling of fullness in several ways:
1. The high viscosity of glucomannan delays food from leaving your stomach and small bowel.
2. By slowing down absorption of food in the small intestine, it reduces post meal insulin and blood sugar spikes.
3. It raises gastrointestinal hormone, cholecystokinin, which induces satiety.

Dr Oz recommended glucomannan to curb cravings and keep you fuller for longer period of time and. You can take it in the forms of supplement or foods (noodle, tofu, glucomannan powder to thicken soups and stews).

Glucomannan Side Effects

Due to glucomannan’s high fiber content, it may result in bloating, flatulence and mild diarrhea in some people. These symptoms usually subside after a few days of taking it. You may want to reduce the dosage and see how it works.

See: Where to buy Glucomannan/Konjac supplement

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