Glucomannan Helps Control Weight and Blood Sugar Levels

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Weight Loss, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you need extra help controlling your weight and blood sugar levels, glucomannan may be just what you are looking for.

Glucomannan is a water-soluble fiber derived from Konjac root, a potato-like tuber native to Asia. It works by absorbing water, which increases bulk, and helps to reduce appetite and produce feelings of satiety. It can also support your health in other ways:

  • Glucomannan promotes a more gradual absorption of carbohydrates, which helps to slow the release of sugars from the gut. This helps keep blood sugar levels balanced.
  • Since glucomannan is a soluble fiber it prolongs stomach emptying time and helps you feel full longer. Furthermore, soluble fiber supports healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Glucomannan also promotes overall digestive health and naturally supports regularity and healthy bowel function.

The suggested dose is ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) mixed in an eight-ounce glass of water, two or three times daily, 30 minutes to one hour before meals (drink it quickly, before it thickens). Avoid glucomannan capsules, because they may stick and expand in the esophagus. Glucomannan is safe, well tolerated, and can be taken indefinitely.

Note: Taking fiber supplements may interfere with the absorption of some minerals. If you take glucomannan or any fiber supplement before a meal, wait three or four hours before taking your vitamin and mineral supplements.

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