Glucomannan and the Konjac Plant
Are you skipping meals to lose weight when you actually feel hungry? It seems like you are still unaware of the potential benefits of Glucomannan.
Glucomannan which is also referred as Amorphophallus konjac is a sugar made from the root of the konjac plant. It is rich in soluble fiber, which is also a type of dietary fiber that attracts water and turns it into gel form during digestion. After its long history of use as a traditional Chinese medicine, Glucommanan is now a popular appetite suppressant and weight loss aid.
What are soluble fibers?
Soluble fibres are a class of "complex" carbohydrates which are soluble in water. When mixed with any liquid, especially water, soluble fibres turn them into a thick gel. Some of these fibres include fruit pectin that is commonly used to thicken jams and jellies and xanthan gum that is used as an emulsifier making foods creamier. Glucomannan functions in the same way by trapping the water in your digestive tract. Below are a few more major health benefits of glucomannan that could help you lead a healthier life.
What does glucomannan do?
Irrespective of its form, this dietary fibre makes sure that your system functions properly with its health and wellness benefits:
Absorbs water allowing to feel fuller for longer
As you now know that Glucomannan is highly absorbent, meaning it absorbs water and liquid forming a thick gel. This contributes to feeling fuller, for longer, which controls your hunger cravings preventing you from snacking mindlessly.
Can help regulate cholesterolGlucomannan can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels too. It may help you keep cholesterol in check, as per reports published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition after analyzing 14 clinical trials on glucomannan. Its finding says that glucomannan may lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and helps to reduce body weight by cutting levels of triglycerides (harmful blood fats).
Helps maintain digestive health
The Konjac fibre has been well known to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. It is well known to help with constipation as the soluble fiber nature helps to ease the path of digestion.
How to add it to your diet meal?
Glucomannan is very easy to take, just follow these simple steps:
If you are thinking about going for powder form, all you need to do is add 1 gram to your favourite food or drink three times a day before each meal. Glucomannan powder mixes well in foods like oatmeal, yogurt and sauces as well as almost every type of beverage. You can even mix it in plain water and drink it.
Glucomannan food products such as shirataki noodles are also a great option. Simply boil the noodles according to the direction on the package and relish with your favourite pasta sauce and veggies. You also find glucomannan candies and chews at health food stores these days.
Whenever and whichever form of glucomannan you go for, you should consider drinking at least 8 ounces of water with it.
Always take glucomannan at least 15 minutes before your regular meal to help prevent alterations in your blood sugar levels and avoid over eating at the same time.