Ingredient in the Spotlight: 5 Benefits of Glucomannan

by Gut Garden
Ingredient in the Spotlight: 5 Benefits of Glucomannan

Glucomannan is one of the 4 soluble fibers found in Gut Garden’s Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend. What is glucomannan and why did we include it in our product? Glucomannan is a soluble, fermentable dietary fiber that is derived from the root of the konjac plant, native to Asia. The konjac tuber has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy and to make traditional foods such as konjac jelly, tofu, and noodles. Read on for 5 benefits:

1. Feeds Beneficial Bacteria

Glucomannan is a natural prebiotic, meaning, in essence, that it helps to “feed” probiotics, or beneficial gut flora. A study published in 2008 demonstrated that glucomannan supplementation increased the concentration of beneficial probiotics in the gut, including specific strains like bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.

2. Promotes Weight Loss

What makes this fiber so super is the fact that it can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water. Glucomannan works by promoting a sense of fullness. It also lowers the energy density of the food you eat. In other words, it bulks up food in your gut — creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat. A 2005 study of 176 men and women published in Medical Science Monitor revealed that glucomannan induced body weight reduction in healthy overweight subjects.

3. Blood Sugar Benefits

There are more than 20 scientific studies involving glucomannan and diabetes. One of the ways it can help diabetics is by delaying the stomach’s natural emptying process -leading to more gradual sugar absorption and lower blood sugar levels after meals. A study published in Diabetes Care found that Glucomannan fiber, “added to conventional treatment may ameliorate glycemic control, blood lipid profile, and sBP in high-risk diabetic individuals, possibly improving the effectiveness of conventional treatment in type 2 diabetes.

4. Improved Digestion

A number of double-blind trials found glucomannan to be an effective constipation treatment. One 2008 study specifically found that a modest dose of glucomannan supplementation encouraged bowel movements in constipated adults by 30 percent and improved colonic ecology.

5. Lowers Cholesterol

Glucomannan is able to decrease absorption of cholesterol in the gut by sponging up water in the digestive tract, which reduces the absorption cholesterol by the body. A 2008 study showed that “Glucomannan appears to beneficially affect total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides."

Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend
Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend
Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend
Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend
Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend

Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber Blend

$39.99

Gut Garden's resistant starch prebiotic fiber blend is a mix of raw unmodified potato starch and 4 soluble fiber types. Resistant starch has been shown to work best when paired with a diverse array of other soluble fibers.

Prebiotics are the preferred food source for beneficial bacteria, where they digest and form short chain fatty acids that are responsible for a host of benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Reduction in Inflammation
  • Improvement in symptoms of IBS and IBD
  • Balanced blood sugar and improvement in insulin sensitivity
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Repairs to "leaky gut"
  • Increased absorption of nutrients

Serving size: 1 scoop(17.96g)
Servings per container: 30

 Ingredient Name Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Calcium 30mg
Sodium 28mg
Unmodified Potato Starch Powder 12g
Glucomannan
(from Umbrella Arum Root Extract)
2g
Arabinogalactan (Larix Laricina) 1.75g
Acacia Senegal Powder 1.25g
Inulin (From Chicory Root Powder) 750mg

Other Ingredients: None

Mix vigorously with at least 8 ounces of water of blend into a smoothie. Start by taking ¼ scoop and gradually increase the dose as tolerated.

Take only as directed. Consume immediately after mixing with liquid as this product will thicken quickly once mixed. If not taken with adequate amounts of fluid, this product may swell in the throat, causing blockage or choking. Avoid use if you have ever had esophageal narrowing or swallowing difficulties. Consult a Healthcare practitioner if pregnant or nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

Q. How long will this bottle last?

A. Each bottle has 30 full servings. However, if you're new to taking prebiotics, we suggest starting with about a quarter serving and working your way up slowly until you can tolerate a full scoop. So depending on your tolerance each bottle should last one month or longer.

Q. How does it taste?

A. This product is unflavored.

Q. Does this come in capsule form?

A. No, only powder form.

Q. Will this product dissolve in hot liquids?

A. The product will dissolve in liquids. However, we don't advise mixing it with a warm beverage because there is evidence that heat will degrade the resistant starch properties.

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