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What is Glucomannan? Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the elephant yam. Glucomannan comprises 40% of the dry weight of the elephant yam, which is originally from Southeast Asia. It has a long history of use in herbal mixtures and traditional foods like tofu, noodles, and konjac jelly.In addition to being sold as a dietary supplement, it is used as a food additive, specifically as an emulsifier and thickener denoted with the E-number E425-ii.
Glucomannan has an exceptional ability to absorb water and is one of the most viscous dietary fibers known. It absorbs so much liquid that if you empty a Glucomannan capsule into a small glass of warm water, the entire thing turns into a gel. These unique properties are believed to mediate its effects on weight loss.
How Does Glucomannan Help with Weight Loss? Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. Like other soluble fibers, it is believed to promote weight loss via several mechanisms (1):
It also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which turn it into short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, shown to protect against fat gain in some animal studies (4, 5). Feeding the friendly gut bacteria may also have other benefits, and some studies have shown a correlation between altered gut bacteria and body weight (6, 7). Glucomannan is different from other soluble fibers due to it being even more viscous, which makes it particularly effective.
Studying mechanisms is always interesting… but what we really want to know is if this stuff leads to actual kilos being lost. Fortunately, we have several randomized controlled trials on Glucomannan. These types of studies are the “gold standard” of scientific experimentation in humans.
In the biggest one, 176 healthy overweight people were randomly assigned to ingest either a supplement with Glucomannan, or placebo (a dummy pill), while on a calorie-restricted diet (8). Three different Glucomannan supplements were tested, with varying dosages. Some also had other fibers added to them. These were the results after just 5 weeks: As you can see, weight loss was significantly greater in the Glucomannan groups. There are several other studies that agree with this. Glucomannan causes modest weight loss in overweight and obese individuals when regularly ingested before a meal (9, 10, 11). It is especially effective when combined with a weight-reducing diet. The same applies to all weight-loss methods… they work best in combination.
In addition to promoting weight loss, Glucomannan may improve a number of risk factors for heart disease. According to a systematic review of 14 studies, Glucomannan can (10):
The main mechanism by which it reduces blood cholesterol is by decreasing absorption of cholesterol in the gut. According to these studies, adding Glucomannan to your diet could potentially lower the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Being a water-soluble fiber, Glucomannan has also been successfully used to treat constipation (12, 13).
For weight loss, a dosage of 500 mg (1 capsule), 3 times per day is considered sufficient.
In contact with water, Glucomannan expands and can absorb up to 50 times its weight. Therefore, the recommended dosage of Glucomannan is lower compared to other fiber supplements. Glucomannan is taken before a meal. Timing recommendations range from 15 minutes to 1 hour before a meal (14, 8).
Glucomannan is considered to be totally safe with no known side effects after years of study and use. It contains no stimulants that can harm the heart or increase blood pressure. It is completely safe to use with any medication including medications for diabetes and high blood pressure, Wafrin etc etc.
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Glucomannan has been tested exhaustively over many decades and has been found to be 100% natural, safe and effective. It has no side effects and contains no stimulants that can harm the heart or increase blood pressure. It is completely safe to use with any medication including medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, Glucomannan can reduce the absorption of oral medications like sulfonylurea, a diabetes drug. This can be avoided by taking the diabetes medications at least 4 hours after or one hour before ingesting Glucomannan. LetsBeSlim’s contains 100% Glucomannan. No Fillers, No Binders, Just 100% pure Glucomannan! LetsBeSlim’s Glucomannan is supplied by an ISO 9001:2008 registered firm based in Cape Town.
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