Konjac glumannan is the main ingredient contained in konjac. As a typical Prebiotics and dietary fiber, Konjac glumannan or KGM stands out due to super Hydroscopicity. Since KGM is a water-soluble fiber that can be digested by intestinal bacteria, it can significantly reduce cholesterol and blood lipids, which lays the foundation of its prevalance in supplement serving that purpose.
average molecular weight:200,000~2 million
Colore: White or cream to light brownish yellow powder
Solutibility: water soluble; insoluble in organic solvents such as acetone and chloroform
Apperance: white powder
It can be dispersed in hot or cold water with PH value of 4.0~7.0 and form a high viscosity solution. Heating and mechanical stirring can improve solubility. If a moderate amount of alkali is added to the solution, a thermally stable gel that does not melt even when heated can be formed. Pale yellow to brown powder. Basically odorless and tasteless. Its aqueous solution has a strong tailing (drawing) phenomenon and a high consistency. Soluble in water, insoluble in ethanol and oil. The main ingredient is polysaccharides.
Konjac glucomannan, which not only contains more than 10 kinds of amino acids and various trace elements needed by the human body,It is of low protein, low fat, high fiber, strong water absorption, high swelling rate, and medicinal effect.
Konjac gum is the dietary fiber with the largest molecular weight and the highest viscosity in nature.
Viscosity is a factor to evaluate soluble dietary fiber. It can lower the increased glycemic index after meals and maintaining overall stability. The higher the viscosity, the better the efficacy.
Konjac is hydroscopice and can absorb water molecules 200 times its own volume to form a viscous solution.
Due to its special β-1-4 chain structure of glucose and mannose, it is not affected by the body's digestive enzymes and does not generate heat.
Benefits and Functions
1. Lowers blood sugar, increases insulin sensitivity
During digestion, nutrients travel through the flow of food to the surface of the small intestine before absorbed. The KGM gel captures nutrients and encapsulates them in the gel and slows the flow of food through the digestive tract.Konjac glumannan can prevent blood sugar surging and is very important for people with diabetes and those who prevent type Ⅱdiabetes who not producing enough insulin or insulin resistance.
2.Lower blood cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol are inextricably linked. 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are obese and have a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Therefore, in addition to monitoring the blood sugar concentration, it is also important to observe the blood cholesterol concentration in diabetic patients to prevent cardiovascular disease. Konjac glucomannan has been approved to degrade blood cholesterol, including LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which thins LDL particles and makes them less harmful.
Nothing is more important to the health of people with diabetes than weight control. The vast majority of patients are obese, and obese people are at high risk of insulin resistance, but insulin resistance leads to accumulation of fat, forming a vicious circle. Konjac glucomannan can help dieters in the following ways:
1) Does not generate heat and promotes gastrointestinal motility
2) Delay the fasting speed, produce a strong feeling of fullness, and reduce the desire to eat
3) absorbing the calories contained in food by capturing the nutrients in it
Konjac glucomannan can soften stools and make it easier to pass through the intestines, which means less constipation and hemorrhoids.
70-80% of the nutrients for the growth of beneficial bacteria in the small intestine come from soluble fiber in the diet, which is important for the overall health of the human body. If these bacteria in the gut can be properly cultured, they will become abundant and widespread throughout the gastrointestinal tract, and the increased bacteria can lead to a large increase in fecal matter. Konjac glucomannan is a source of soluble dietary fiber.