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  • Glucomannan causes 7 lbs weight loss in two months

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    Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:56 am Email this article
    Patients given a glucomannan supplement lost an average of 5.5 pounds in two months compared to a weight gain of 1.5 pounds for those given a placebo according to one study.

    Study design: 20 overweight people given 1,000 mg of glucomannan or a placebo before meals

    A group of 20 people weighing 132 to 218 lbs (averaging 53% over their ideal weight) were given either 1 gram of glucomannan (1,000 mg) or a placebo 1 hour before each meal (3 grams/day).

    Subjects told not to change eating habits

    Patients were told not to change their eating habits.

    Cholesterol levels fell by 11%

    Patients taking glucomannan also reduced total cholesterol by 11% (198 down to 176 mg/dl) and “bad” LDL cholesterol by 12% (125 down to 110 mg/dl).

    No change in HDL cholesterol

    Levels of “good” HDL cholesterol did not change.

    Relief from mild constipation

    Several patients taking glucomannan reported relief from mild constipation.


    Walsh DE, Yaghoubian V, Behforooz A. Effect of glucomannan on obese patients: a clinical study. International Journal of Obesity 8(4): 289-293, 1984.

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