Glucomannan Review

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Glucomman is a water soluble dietary fiber that is derived from the Konjac root. It is a dietary fiber that helps increase a user’s stool bulk by absorbing water. This helps the stool move more easily through the colon. Basically, it is a fiber that expands in the stomach and absorbs fats. The absorbed fats are eliminated from the body and do not undergo digestion, thus nullifying the calorific effect.

List of Ingredients

Glucomannan is a popular ingredient derived from the Konjac Root. It is a natural diuretic found in many diet supplements today. It is also available in tablet form.

Product Features

Glucomannan is often recommended as a solution to obesity. It is also recommended to people who have high cholesterol, and have problems with constipation. It should never be taken by anyone who has problems with their esophagus as it can lead to choking. It should also never be taken by someone who is diabetic unless under the supervision of their physician as it can alter the person’s insulin requirements. Two Glucomanan tablets of 500mg before each meal is often the recommended dose for this product. It should be taken with plenty of water, and again, if not enough water is taken, there is a risk of choking. It is therefore a product that should be ingested with care.

In trials studies, one in twenty obese patients who took capsules of purified Glucomannan sixty minutes before a meal lost 5.5 pounds after eight weeks. It does therefore seem to achieve weight loss in certain people, but there are a number of risks and side effects associated with this product. In fact the sale of Glucomannan has been banned by the Australian government. Glucomannan can be ordered on line as a supplement by itself, at an average cost of approximately $9 for one hundred tablets. Glucomannan is also a common ingredient in a number of weight loss nutritional supplements.

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Advantages

  • It is available for purchase from online pharmacies.
  • It is relatively inexpensive.
  • There are product studies available that indicate Glucomannan can help with weight loss in certain cases.

Disadvantages

  • We could not find an official website for Glucomannan.
  • It cannot be taken by anyone who has problems with their esophagus.
  • It can be dangerous for diabetics as it can alter the insulin
    requirements.
  • The sale of Glucomannan has been banned in some countries.
  • Since it is a diuretic, plan on frequently needing access to a bathroom.

Conclusion

There does seem to be some evidence that Glucomannan can result in a small amount of weight loss. However it seems that this supplement would need to be taken on a permanent basis if the effect is to be long-lasting, and this could have negative effects on the user’s digestive system. What gives rise to concern, however, are the known side effects of this product and it is only natural that the fact that this product has already been banned in Australia makes us wary of recommending this product as part of your weight loss program. A number of warnings have been given by the FDA, regarding safety issues with Glucomannan.We would like to see proper controlled and standardized trials with this product over a very long time period, which assess the long term effects of taking Glucomannan and any risks involved. Until we see these tests, we need to be wary of using Glucomannan on its own and also as an ingredient in other supplements.

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24 User Reviews about Glucomannan

  • 1
    Lorena

    Donde se puede comprar el glucomanano??

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    Terri

    where can i buy some at?

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    NancyA

    Have been using G for about two months from VitaCost(3caps) 2000mg, so far I have found my self more regular and have lost several pounds.( I have also been cutting down on sugar)so can’t say that it is just the G. Here lately I have found myself feeling very bloated which I suppose this means it is working. After reading this article I see the importance of drinking plenty of water, I also will try cutting down on the dosage.

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    William

    The comment in the main article regarding the banning of glucomannan in Australia is incorrect. Glucomannan flour food products are approved by FSANZ and are commonly available in shirataki noodles.

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    Ronald

    If Glucomannan is banned in Australia, why did recent trials in Australia approve acceptance of a product containing same? Is it banned and why? Have there been any cases of people choking on any product containing G? Why has a person or persons been allowed to ‘buy the rights to G’ in Australia? Terribly confusing and causing people to avoid products they really are safe to use!

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  • 5
    Myrna

    How do you take Glucomannan POWDER, FOR THE DIET, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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    Your Name

    go on dr.oz sites

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  • 6
    Myrna

    HOW DO YOU USE GLUCOMANNAN POWER FOR THE DIET

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    Tina

    I use bottled water and drink about 2 oz out (to make room at the top to add and shake the glucomannan powder. I put a pack of crystal light (any flavor) into my water and 1/2t of the powder and shake briskly so the powder does not start to gel. Drink the entire bottle right away. Drink 30+ min before a meal and see how much food you CAN’T eat..lol.

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  • 7
    kris

    I have been taking an ‘advanced’ form of glucomannan, proplmannan by life extension and i have to say, i like it! I can see where the choking risk comes in to play, when you take it capsule form you really do have to gulp down a lot of water (carefully,but quickly), and at least a 1/2 to a full water bottle. you get the hang of it pretty quickly tho. your supposed to take medication at least 2hrs apart from it. Results wise, within the first couple of days i lost a few pounds, which surprised me considering how much water ive been drinking and how im not actually running to the bathroom. I can see how with exercise this would actually make a really nice supplement. ill keep buying it if the results remain consistent :) . Love it!

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  • 8
    Karen

    Can one take glucomannan along with Alli(orlistat)?

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  • 9
    cheryl

    is it working?

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  • 10
    Donna

    Is there any problem using Glucomannan if you are taking Plavix for a heart condition. How does it affect the good bacteria in the intestinal tract?

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  • 11
    JULIE

    HAVE HAD GLUCOMANNAN 4 ABOUT FIVE DAYS DOESNT SEEM TO BE DOIN MUCH AT THIS POINT STLL HUNGRY

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  • 12
    Madeleine

    I just bought it today at Purtains Pride Vitamin Outlet. It was 13.99 a bottle but you get 2 others free. I hope it works. :O)

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  • 13
    The Mom

    I’m on a low carb diet and I use this product in powder form, not tablet. I use it just like I would corn starch or unflavored gelatin. I’ve mixed 1/4 tsp with 1 cup of chocolate Calorie Countdown milk and put it in the fridge. An hour later, I’ve got a delicious chocolate pudding that is low carb and high in fiber. I’ve used it as a gravy thickener and it tasted just like gravy made with corn starch. Most stores carry Tofu Shirataki noodles that are a blend of tofu and konjac. They’re great for diabetics and low carb dieters.

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    Sue

    Where do I find this Powder form glucomannan product? GNC does not carry.

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  • 14
    kperles

    help! I took the capsule apart and took 1 1/2 only, will i choke? Will it expand in my throat? I drank lots of water…it is in Slimquick…i didn’t know how dangerous this substance was…

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  • 15
    Marylyn

    how expensive is glucomannan & can it be bought in local stores?

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    erika

    You can buy glucomannan at GNC for 16.99. Super cheap and its 90 tablets

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    Marilyn

    Are you or have you used this product, if so have you lost weight with it ?

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  • 16
    Frank Rivera

    How does this product inter act if a person is taking medacation for Bi-Polorism and Thyroid meds?

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    fred

    i take 6 metimucal a day can i take this along with glucomannan?

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    kmfitzsimons

    I would talk to your doctor. Even herbal supplements can effect medicine.

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