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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|3 to 4 grams daily in water, followed by a second glass of water||[3 stars] Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that has shown to be effective as a bulk-forming laxative.|
|4 to 13 grams daily||[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 daily||[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 diet||[3 stars] Glucomannan delays stomach emptying, leading to more gradual sugar absorption and lower blood sugar levels after meals.|
|2 to 3 grams daily||[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.|
|Adults: 3 to 4 grams daily; adolescents: 2 to 3 grams daily||[2 stars] Supplementing with glucomannan, a bulking agent, has promoted weight loss in overweight adults.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. One study found that people with diverticular disease had reduced symptoms after taking glucommanan.|
|Refer to label instructions||[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] 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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