The popular name for this plant fiber is “devil’s tongue”. Glucomannan is a plant fiber derived from the Asian plant Amorphophallus thread. In traditional Chinese medicine, this plant fiber is used to detoxify and cleanse the body. Glucomannan is also called “gut broom”. It belongs to the group of dietary and soluble fiber. It consists of long and indigestible carbohydrate chains. Swells on contact with water. It can absorb water up to 50 times its own weight. It takes place in the stomach, so glucomannan is therefore necessary to use with plenty of water. It causes a feeling of satiety without bloating and the appearance of unwanted gases in the digestive system. It slows down gastric emptying. Leads to reduced energy intake.
The effect of glucomannan on body weight has been documented with scientific research. EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has approved glucomannan health claims (reduces body weight, contributes to weight loss, maintains normal cholesterol levels). This means that glucomannan (Konjac root) along with an energy restrictive diet contributes to weight loss. Daily intake of 3 grams of glucomannan in 3 doses (each dose = one gram) with one or two glasses of water before meals and with an energy restrictive diet. It contributes to the maintenance of a normal amount of cholesterol because the beneficial effect is achieved by a daily intake of 4 grams of glucomannan.
Glucomannan has a probiotic effect. Helps restore intestinal flora. Helps to multiply good bacteria of the intestinal flora. Maintains normal bowel function and a healthy digestive system. It regulates the ratio of glucose and insulin in the blood. It can help reduce the glycemic index of meals.