Glucomannan is a soluble fibre obtained from the rather ugly tubers of the konjac plant. Also known as the elephant yam, these tubers can grow to more than 5kg in weight! Glucomannan fibre has been used for thousands of years as a dietary stable, and as a traditional medicine to aid weight loss.
Glucomannan fibre acts like a sponge and swells on contact with water to resemble wallpaper paste. This paste is resistant to digestion, and as it passes through the digestive tract it helps you stay full so you eat less. Glucomannan fibre also stimulates bowel movements, slows the absorption of glucose (to reduce blood sugar swings) and has beneficial effects on cholesterol and dietary fats. If you need to lose weight and lower your cholesterol, glucomannan is a great choice.
Specification of Glucomannan
|Odor and taste||Allow a very slight konjac odor||Complies|
|Viscosity mPa.s (12r/min,30 °C)||≥36000||36700|
|Mesh size/sieve analysis||120–200||Complies|
|Total ash||≤ 4.5%||1.8%|
|Packing & Storage||Cool and Dry|
Benefits & Applications of Glucomannan
Several clinical trials have evaluated the impact of glucomannan, and the results confirmed many beneficial effects. It’s shown to:
Additionally, glucomannan has the potential to act as a therapy for insulin resistance syndrome. It enhances the immune system in the gut. Glucomannan also has a positive effect on triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose.
Glucomannan, or glucomannan konjac, is a supplement that’s used for maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar, and relieving constipation, among other health issues. It’s only recently become popular in the United States and Europe, but Asian cultures have enjoyed its benefits for thousands of years. The positive effects of glucomannan, including its impact on cholesterol and the immune system, have become the focus of extensive research.