Glucomannan might work in the stomach and intestines by absorbing water to form a bulky fiber which treats constipation. It might also slow the absorption of sugar and cholesterol in the gut, helping to control sugar levels in people with diabetes and reduce cholesterol levels.
People commonly use glucomannan for constipation, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It's also used for high blood pressure, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Taking glucomannan by mouth seems to relieve constipation in adults, but it's not clear if it helps in children.
- Diabetes. Taking glucomannan by mouth seems to reduce cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure in people with diabetes.
- High cholesterol. Taking glucomannan by mouth seems to improve cholesterol levels in people with or without high cholesterol.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Glucomannan powder and capsules are possibly safe for most children when taken with plenty of water for up to 4 months. But taking glucomannan products without water, especially as tablets, is likely unsafe. These products might cause choking and other serious side effects when taken without water.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with GLUCOMANNAN
Taking glucomannan along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. To prevent this interaction, take glucomannan at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, glucomannan has most often been used by adults in doses of 3-4 grams by mouth daily for up to 3 months. In children, glucomannan has most often been used in doses of 2-5 grams by mouth daily for up to 4 months. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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