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As anyone who follows the weight loss industry will testify, there are always ingredients that are billed up as having magical powers.
Unfortunately, a lot of the time at least, these powers soon seem to be found out and said ingredients disappear into oblivion.
If the recent hype about glucomannan is to be believed, this won’t be an ingredient that gets forgotten about anytime soon. The press are drooling over the potential of it and based on the evidence, it’s for good reason.
Bearing this in mind, we will now take a look at glucomannan and see if it really could be the weight loss saviour that so many people are billing it as.
Firstly, what exactly is glucomannan? In short, it’s a natural ingredient that is derived from the konjac plant. The Chinese have used it for years in medicine and as well as this, you will find the substance in konjac noddles and yam cakes at various stores.
Scientifically, it can be classed as a natural fibre. The ‘natural’ factor is quite significant when it comes to your body, as this generally means that you won’t suffer any ill-effects from taking it.
The beauty about glucomannan is the way in which it reacts with water. As soon as it comes into contact with water, it is transformed into a gel.
This is hugely significant from a weight loss perspective as you are immediately forming a barrier in your stomach that basically tells your brain that you are full.
Glucomannan also manages to kill a few other problems. Firstly, there are no problems with dehydration as while the component will initially absorb liquids, water is reabsorbed by the body lower down the gut.
Additionally, it keeps hold of sugars and cholesterols, meaning that these are safely transported out of your body and your blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels are subsequently lowered.
Therefore, as well as helping you lose weight by making you feel full, glucomannan is able to improve your overall health considerably.
As the title of this article may have suggested, glucomannan is generally consumed in supplement form.
In terms of the types of supplements that are available, most products rely on the fact that glucomannan reacts with water.
Therefore, some might be capsule-based and are needed to be consumed alongside a glass of water, while others might dissolve in liquid before then being swallowed.
It’s worth mentioning that in terms of the latter, glucomannan can turn into a gel if left for too long meaning that the liquid should be drank immediately after pouring.
There’s a two word answer to this question; the Daily Mail.
One of the UK’s largest newspapers ran a long column discussing the advantages of glucomannan and to say that the journalist who tried the supplement was impressed would be an understatement.
In fact, throughout the piece it seemed as though she was looking for avenues for the ingredient to be discredited. She turned to doctors, other women who had tried the supplement and even the British Dietetic Association.
Not one of these sources poured water on glucomannan and the general consensus was that this could be a ground-breaking product for anyone who wants to break bad eating habits, and ultimately curb their appetite when it matters.
Additionally, we should point out the journalist in question lost 5lb in ten days and still hasn’t put this weight back on.
Unsurprisingly, the Daily Mail story has sparked a huge surge in popularity for supplements that contain glucomannan. In fact, some suppliers have even run out of stock of the item, which shows the extent of the demand.
Nevertheless, there are two products that are currently the market leaders when it comes to glucomannan right now.
The first comes in the form of Glucomannan Plus, while the other product is Slim-Fizz. To give you an idea on just how these supplements work, we’ll now conduct a breakdown on both of these: