On this show, Dr. Oz talked about the benefits of taking Glucomannan for weight loss. According to celebrity doctor and Oprah guru Dr. Oz, a supplement called glucomannan (a natural thickening agent) is the best one for dieters. Loaded with fiber, which swells up in your belly and makes you feel full, Glucomannan comes from the root of the konjac plant (not to be confused with cognac, ladies).
Glucomannan is a unique all natural soluble dietary fiber defined on Wikepedia as “a food additive used as an emulsifier and thickener.” It is believed to expand in your stomach making you feel full and therefore eat less. Glucomanna may also help suppress your appetite, keeping you from overeating and having unecessary cravings, the #1 enemies to weight loss.
In addition to the potential weight supporting benefits, in some clinical studies, Glucomannan has been shown to have other health benefits like supporting healthy cholesterol levels and more. Feel free to go to PubMed yourself and check out the studies!
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber (Soluble fibers are a form of so-called “complex” carbohydrate (which means that their more elaborate molecular structure is harder for our bodies to break down) that are soluble in water) that has a very low calorie content. It takes up space in the stomach and promotes a fullness feeling. It delays emptying of the stmach and reduces the absorption of protein and fat. Glucomannan can cause improvements in several important risk factors for heart disease, including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting blood sugar.
Glucomannan comprises 40% of the dry weight of the elephant yam, which has a long history of use in herbal mixtures and tradtional foods. It has been studied for its effects on constipation, serum cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and insulin resistance syndrome. It also binds with a variety of substances in the digestive tract to slow digestion, relieve constipation, and reduce the absorption of fat and carbohydrates.