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  • Benefits of konjac
  • source :        Jul 29,2019         36
    【Summary】

    Konjac, also known as glucomannan, is an herb that grows in parts of Asia. It’s known for its starchy corm, a tuber-like part of the stem that grows underground. The corm is used to make a rich source of soluble dietary fiber.

    The high fiber content of konjac has many health benefits. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. A diet high in fiber may also help regulate bowel movements, prevent hemorrhoids, and help prevent diverticular disease. Here’s what the research says:

    Konjac and constipation

    A 2008 study found that glucomannan may help prevent constipation. The study showed that adding glucomannan to a low-fiber diet increased the amounts of probiotic bacteria in feces. It also increased bowel movement function by 30 percent.

    Konjac and weight loss

    Fiber is filling. Eating it regularly helps keep you fuller longer, so you’re less likely to overeat or snack between meals. Konjac also expands in the stomach to help keep you full.

    According to a 2005 studyTrusted Source, adding a glucomannan fiber supplement to a balanced, 1,200-calorie diet caused more weight loss than a 1,200-calorie diet plus a placebo. Adding an additional fiber supplement (guar gum or alginate) didn’t have an impact.

    Konjac and cholesterol

    A 2008 systematic review found that konjac may help lower total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides. Konjac also reduced body weight and fasting blood sugar. Researchers concluded that glucomannan could be an adjuvant therapy for people with diabetes and high cholesterol. A later study found that konjac lowered LDL and recommended its use to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    Konjac and skin health

    According to a 2013 study, konjac can reduce acne and improve the health of skin. It’s thought to reduce allergic response and improve wound healing.



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