Glucomannan, the root that naturally lowers cholesterol

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Have you ever heard of glucomannan? It is a root that proves to be an interesting natural remedy for those suffering from high cholesterol.

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Have you ever heard of the glucomannan? It is a root that proves to be an interesting natural remedy for those suffering from high cholesterol.





Having too high cholesterol levels is now known to be a possible cause of cardiovascular problems. There is a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke. This is why cholesterol must be monitored and in case kept at bay with the help of a healthy diet and some natural remedies (always after consulting your doctor).

Power should be rich in fibers, anti-nutrients that are particularly important as, among other things, they help fight bad cholesterol. However, these can also be taken in the form of supplements. Among the most interesting are those based on glucomannan.

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What is Glucomannan

It is a vegetable fiber that is extracted from Amorphophallus Koniac, a tuber particularly dear to Japanese cuisine and interesting for its properties: it has been shown to be able to keep cholesterol and body fat at bay.

We often find glucomannan in industrial foods such as candies but also baked goods, sauces, soups, etc. where it is used as a thickener, emulsifier, stabilizer, gelling agent or simply as a source of fiber.

THEglucomannan extract it turns out to be a grainy powder capable of swelling by absorbing water up to 60 times its weight.

Glucomannan, properties and benefits

Glucomannan boasts several properties, the most important confirmed by some scientific studies:

  • Keeps cholesterol at bay: a first study noted the beneficial effects on cholesterol levels while another research went to evaluate what was the best dose to take to enjoy the benefits of this root (more on this below).
  • Helps weight management: Fibers help keep weight at bay. In the stomach, glucomannan tends to transform into a sort of jelly with the help of water and for this reason it is able to promote a sense of satiety.
  • Anti-constipation: as is well known, fibers help intestinal peristalsis. Therefore, those who take glucomannan could see a possible problem of constipation improve.
  • Useful in case of diabetes and obesity: since it counteracts the absorption of cholesterol and fats, but also due to its ability to slow down the absorption of sugars, this remedy can be useful in case of diabetes or obesity.

Glucomannan, how and how much to take

Since it is a water-soluble fiber it is generally recommended to take glucomannan together with plenty of water. Liquids, in fact, allow the fibers to swell and perform their task better, including also promoting intestinal transit.



According to what has been established by the experts, in order to be really effective in keeping cholesterol in the right levels, glucomannan must be taken in the dose of 4 grams per day. A quantity also confirmed by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, which authorized the use of this fiber and the related claims that sponsor it as useful for controlling weight and cholesterol.

This natural remedy should be taken approx one hour before meals and always alone.

Glucomannan, contraindications

Glucomannan should be avoided if you suffer from a peptic ulcer or hiatus hernia but you must be especially careful even if you are taking drugs as it risks absorbing them, canceling their effect. Always ask your doctor for advice before using it avoid doing it yourself.


The intake of glucomannan is not recommended in breastfeeding and pregnancy.


As for the possible side effects, these can involve diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating and constipation. Generally, however, they appear only in case you have exaggerated a little with the doses.

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