Glucomannan: A Super Fiber for Weight Loss & More?!
In recent decades, glucomannan has been introduced to the United States and European markets as a food additive and dietary supplement. What is glucomannan? It’s a beneficial, soluble and fermentable dietary fiber derived from the root of the konjac plant, which is native to Asia.
People in East Asia have used konjac fiber, also known as glucomannan powder, for thousands of years as both food and traditional medicine. The indigenous people of China have used konjac to treat asthma, breast pain, coughs, hernias, burns and various skin disorders. Fast-forward to present day and scientific studies have revealed that supplementing with konjac glucomannan can significantly lower plasma cholesterol, improve carbohydrate metabolism, encourage bowel movements and promote a healthy colon. (1)
One of the reasons some people may be familiar with glucomannan is because it’s marketed for its ability to promote weight loss. Search for “glucomannan Walmart” and you’ll see that chains like Walmart are already selling this plant fiber as a supplement. There is even a brand-name dietary supplement called Lipozene with glucomannan as its primary ingredient.
Glucomannan weight loss just might be possible if you also lead a generally healthy lifestyle, but it’s important to choose the right product and take it in a safe manner. The fiber from konjac root also holds many other surprising health benefits. There are not many glucomannan side effects, but the most dangerous one (choking) is possible yet avoidable. Pretty much tasteless, glucomannan powder can be added to smoothies and b Continue reading