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Glucomannan

Also indexed as:Amorphophallus konjac, Fiber (Glucomannan)
Glucomannan: Main Image
Botanical names:
Amorphophallus konjac

Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is derived from konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac). Like other forms of dietary fiber, glucomannan is considered a "bulk-forming laxative." Glucomannan promotes a larger, bulkier stool that passes through the colon more easily and requires less pressure--and subsequently less straining--to expel.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Constipation
3 to 4 grams daily in water, followed by a second glass of water3 stars[3 stars]
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that has shown to be effective as a bulk-forming laxative.
High Cholesterol
4 to 13 grams daily3 stars[3 stars]
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that has been shown to significantly reduce total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and to raise HDL cholesterol.
Insulin Resistance Syndrome
8 to 13 grams daily3 stars[3 stars]
Taking a glucomannan fiber supplement may improve blood cholesterol and blood sugar.
Type 2 Diabetes
500 to 700 mg per 100 calories in the diet3 stars[3 stars]
Glucomannan delays stomach emptying, leading to more gradual sugar absorption and lower blood sugar levels after meals.
Childhood Obesity
2 to 3 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
Glucomannan, a type of fiber, dilutes calories, slows down the eating process, and may make people feel more full despite eating fewer calories.
Obesity
Adults: 3 to 4 grams daily; adolescents: 2 to 3 grams daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with glucomannan, a bulking agent, has promoted weight loss in overweight adults.
Diverticular Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. One study found that people with diverticular disease had reduced symptoms after taking glucommanan.
Hypoglycemia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. In one trial, adding glucomannan to a meal prevented hypoglycemia in adults with previous stomach surgery.
Type 1 Diabetes
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Glucomannan delays stomach emptying, leading to more gradual sugar absorption and possibly lowering insulin requirements for people with type 1 diabetes.

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