Glucomannan

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Uses

What is glucomannan used for?

Glucomannan is a sugar made from the root of the konjac plant. Glucomannan is commonly used for: constipation, weight loss in adults and children, type 2 diabetes, blood sugar control, and lowering cholesterol.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how glucomannan works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show glucomannan might work in the stomach and intestines by absorbing water to form a bulky fiber which treats constipation. It may also slow the absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the gut, helping to control sugar levels in diabetes, and reducing cholesterol levels.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using glucomannan?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of glucomannanor other medications or other herbals.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for glucomannan are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking glucomannan must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is glucomannan?

Glucomannan powder or flour is likely safe when consumed as food. Glucomannan powder and capsules are possibly safe for most adults and children when used in medicinal amounts for up to 4 months. However, solid tablets containing glucomannan are possibly unsafe for adults and likely unsafe for children. These can sometimes cause blockages of the throat or intestines.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking glucomannan if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Glucomannan may interfere with blood sugar control. Monitor blood sugar closely if you have diabetes and use glucomannan.

Surgery: Glucomannan might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using glucomannan at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from glucomannan?

If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with glucomannan?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Products may interact with this herbal, including:

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Glucomannan can decrease blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking glucomannan along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

  • Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)

Glucomannan absorbs substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking glucomannan along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take glucomannan at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for glucomannan?

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does glucomannan come in?

Glucomannan may be available in the following dosage forms:

Capsule 700 mg; 600 mg; 500 mg; 575 mg.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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