Glucomannan is a polysaccharide, water-soluble, dietary supplement derived from Konjac root plant, a perennial plant found in Asia. The supplement binds with several substances in the digestive tract to reduce the absorption of carbohydrates and fats, relieve constipation and slow digestion.
Glucomannan has the ability to absorb up to 200 times its actual weight in water. This ability can create a lasting feeling of fullness when glucomannan is taken before a meal and is the reason that it is a common ingredient in many natural diet pills and is also used on its own as a dietary supplement. Glucomannan is also used to help reduce the blood levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides.
Due to glucomannan’s ability to curb hunger, some people use it as a solution to obesity. It is also recommended to people who suffer from constipation and high cholesterol. However, it is important to note that Glucomannan should never be taken by people who suffer from disorders of the oesphagus since research has shown that it can cause choking. People suffering from diabetes are also warned against taking the supplement without supervision of a doctor since it can affect levels of insulin.
In addition to its ability to reduce cholesterol levels, clinical evidence suggests that Glucomannan can be helpful in relieving constipation by decreasing fecal time of traveling through the intestines. Used together with chitosan, Glucomannan also helps increase steroid excretion by decreasing serum cholesterol. Further, it may be used as a therapeutic adjunct for diabetes. Research has shown that when used properly, it helps alleviate blood glucose levels associated with diabetics thus improve lipid profile.
Glucomannan has some advantages as a weight loss supplement. One is that it is easily available and can be purchased from local health stores or online pharmacies. Secondly, glucomannan supplements are relatively cheap compared to other weight loss supplements. Thirdly, the product helps to lower high blood cholesterol levels that are often observed in overweight and obese persons.
The use of Glucomannan as a weight loss supplement also has some disadvantages. One is that it may not be suitable for people with diabetes, which is a common condition in people who are overweight or obese. Secondly, Glucomannan is an effective diuretic and may cause frequent bowel movements and result in dehydration.
Glucomannan can be administered in a variety of ways. One of the most efficient ways is to add Glucomannan fiber powder to your meals. This way, the tasteless clear fiber will help bulk the food to a point where little food will leave one satisfied quicker than it would have in ordinary circumstances. Alternatively, one may take two to three Glucomannan tablets of 500 grams before taking meals as is usually the dose recommended by doctors for this product. However, while taking the product, one is advised not to exceed the recommended dosage as this may be dangerous. Also, it is advisable to take the product with plenty of water since it may cause choking if taken dry.