When weight loss supplements are concerned, the likes of Green Tea, Raspberry ketones, Garcinia cambogia may come to mind. One which might not however, but is rightfully up there in its help towards weight loss, is Glucomannan. This blog post will explore the magical properties of Glucomannan and explain how it helps you cut back on calorie intake.
So what is Glucomannan?
Glucomannan is a natural, soluble fibre, extracted from the roots of the elephant yam which is also commonly known as Konjac root. It was first discovered in Asia where it has been used for thousands of years as both food and traditional medicine. In recent time, its exceptional ability to absorb water has attracted the attention of the world and in particular, people who are looking to lose weight.
Benefits of Glucomannan
High in fibre
Glucomannan is a fantastic source of fibre which improves your digestion and bowel health. It does this by increasing the good bacteria in your gut making your body feel happier.
Low calorie content
Glucomannan has a very low calorie content. When it comes in contact with water it turns into a safe, low calorie gel. This makes your tummy partially full which in turn leads to the consumption of less food during meal times. As Glucomannan and water both contain hardly any calories, this makes Glucomannan a great weight loss partner.
Expands up to 50x its original weight
One of the main benefits of Glucomannan, is that it can expand into safe low calorie gel up to 50x its original weight when hydrated. As previously mentioned, this makes you feel fuller before meals leading to a significant lower calorie intake.
Contributes to increased satiety
Studies have shown that an increase in either soluble or insoluble fibre (soluble in the case of Glucomannan) intake increases post-meal satiety and decreases subsequent hunger. Yay for feeling satisfied.
Helps towards a healthy gut
Glucomannan has also been proven to feed the friendly bacteria in the intestine. This is great news! Friendly bacteria in your gut helps with your digestion, improves your bowel health and can help protect against fat gain.
Sources of Glucomannan
Glucomannan can come in many forms but the most common are; in food and supplements. An example of a food containing Glucomannan is shirataki noodles. Some people class these noodles as unique as they are very filling yet low in calories.
Supplements have gained a huge following as they work well for people with busy schedules. Most Glucomannan supplements require you to take 1-2 capsules before each meal with a glass or two of water.
Ta-da! So there you have it. Hopefully you are now full up on information about Glucomannan (did you see what we did there??).