What is soluble fibre? Soluble fibre dissolves and thickens in water. There are three major properties of water-soluble fibre, 1) Water-holding ability, 2) Viscosity (adhesiveness), and 3) Ferment ability. Soluble fibre attracts water and turns to gel during digestion.
GLUCOMANNAN is soluble fibre derived from the konjac plant. Fresh konjac contains an average of 13% dry matter, 64% of the dry matter is glucomannan, and 30% is starch. That makes Glucomannan the richest soluble fibre resource in nature. It is a fibre that expands in the stomach by absorbing water and fats. This helps the stool move more easily through the colon. The absorbed fats are eliminated from the body and do not undergo digestion, thus nullifying the calorific effect.
Glucomannan has the highest water holding capacity and the highest molecular weight among all dietary fibres. These properties help to increase its effectiveness against stroke, cancer, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders.
FUNCTIONS OF SOLUBLE FIBRE
1) Binds with fatty acids
2) Prolongs stomach emptying time so that sugar is released and absorbed more slowly
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GLUCOMANNAN?
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables and grain products that contain fibre, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 3g of soluble fibre from whole oats per day may reduce the risk of heart disease.
A low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grain containing fibre (particularly soluble fibre) may lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce risk of heart diseases. This type of diet may also reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include a daily intake of soluble fibre from whole oats or psyllium seed may reduce the risk of heart disease.
A diet rich in soluble fibre has numerous health benefits such as its effectiveness in controlling obesity, stroke, diabetes, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders.
HOW DOES GLUCOMANNAN LOWER CHOLESTEROL?
Soluble fibre has been scientifically proven to reduce blood cholesterol levels, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease. Glucomannan has the highest viscosity (stickiness) among dietary soluble fibre. That makes it one of the most efficient soluble fibres for reducing cholesterol levels.
HOW DOES GLUCOMANNAN REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR?
Glucomannan slows the passage of food into the intestine, leading to greater control over the amount of glucose entering the blood stream.
Higher consumption of sugary foods can cause drastic highs and lows in your insulin levels. By controlling blood sugar, glucomman takes the edge off your cravings. This makes it a lot easier to avoid snacking on high calorie foods.
It improves mineral absorption by slowing down the passage of food into the colon. Better mineral absorption leads to smooth functioning of many enzymes and hormones, which play an active role in effective digestion and absorption.
HOW DOES GLUCOMANAN HELP CONTROL DIABETES?
Glucomannan along with complex carbohydrates (starches) can make the hormone insulin work better. This allows patients to take less diabetes medication while keeping their blood sugar normal. Persons with diabetes often have sharp rises of blood sugar following meals. Increased soluble fibre in meals slows down the release of food into the intestine and keeps the blood sugar from rising rapidly.
CAN HIGH GLUCOMANNAN HELP CONTROL OBESITY?
There is a 3-way mechanism for controlling obesity:
1) Fibre is the only component of food that makes a person feel full without contributing calories.
2) Soluble fibre also takes the edge off your cravings for snacks by effectively controlling your blood sugar. It gives an indirect boost to your fat metabolism by attaching to fat and reducing the ratio which is stored as fat deposits.
3) Soluble fibre displaces fat and sugar calories that may contribute to weight gain.
4) Soluble fibre has no calories because it passes through the body intact.
HOW CAN GLUCOMANNAN HELP IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?
Glucomannan is a great dietary aid for preventing IBS symptoms as well as relieving them once they occur.
Always eat soluble fibre first, eat soluble fibre whenever your stomach is empty, and make soluble fibre foods the largest component of every meal and snack.
HOW CAN GLUCOMANNAN HELP HYPOGLYCEMIA?
Glucomannan helps hypoglycemia by delaying gastric emptying, slowing glucose absorption, and minimizing drastic blood glucose swings