The increasing trend in using weight loss supplements leads to a question of what is the best supplement for achieving that supermodel body you always wanted. Since a lot of supplements are coming here and there, it is hard to know what supplement is effective or not. Another supplement that was introduced by the popular Dr Oz is the glucomannan weight loss supplement. According to Dr Oz, “it is one of the best ways to control hunger”.
What Is Glucomannan?
Glucomannan is a sugar that comes from the root of a konjac plant. It is a plant from Japan that is commonly used in dietary food such as tofu and noodles to help in thickening. It is also used as powder, capsule, and tablet medicine.
How Does It Work?
Glucomannan is a good help for the control of constipation and blood sugar levels, the lowering of cholesterol, the prevention/treatment of diabetes type 2, and weight loss.
It is said that glucomannan makes the user feel full after eating. It does not make one feel bloated, and it doesn’t give a gassy effect. But it makes an individual feel satisfied easily with the food he is eating.
It reduces carbohydrates and cholesterol, which is good to effect weight loss. In addition, it has a cleansing effect in tummy, which is why it is also good for constipation.
On another note, glucomannan is good in slowing the aging process. Others suggest that it can also help in thyroid problems and even fight cancer like lung cancer.
Does It Work Well?
According to studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2007, people who took glucomannan lost 10 pounds in 16 weeks, compared to another group that did not use the product.
What Are Its Side Effects?
If not taken with precaution, CLA may have the following side effects:
- abdominal pain,
- digestive problems.
Diabetic people who are using these products need to be careful, especially those who have maintenance medication for lowering blood sugar because one of the effects of the product is causing very low blood sugar. They need to monitor their blood sugar closely.
Solid tablets containing glucomannan are unsafe since they can block the throat and intestines.
Where Can It Be Purchased?
Glucomannan is available at a near natural food store or online. It is available in different forms – powder, capsule, and tablet.