Overview

Glucomannan is a dietary fiber. It is usually made from the root of the konjac plant. Glucommanan powder, capsules, and tablets are used as medicine.

Glucomannan is used for constipation, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Some people take glucomannan by mouth for high blood pressure, obesity, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses of glucomannan.

In foods, glucomannan is used as a thickener or gelling agent. It is also included in food as a dietary fiber.

How does it work ?

Glucomannan might work in the stomach and intestines by absorbing water to form a bulky fiber which treats constipation. It may also slow the absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the gut, helping to control sugar levels in diabetes, and reducing cholesterol levels.

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