What Is Glucomannan?

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Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber supplement that is used to aid the bowels in digestion by absorbing water. Take glucomannan to help treat chronic bowel diseases with advice from a wellness educator and herbal medicine specialist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi my name is Charlotte Skiles. I am a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And the question I will be addressing today is what is Glucomannan? Glucomannan is a supplement, it is a water soluble dietary fiber that comes from a particular plant called the konjac root and it is very useful as a bulking agent for the digestive tract. So bulking agents absorb water, that's what they do. They make up for the fact that we may not have enough dietary fiber in our diets. So this can be very useful for constipation if the bowels aren't moving properly because of a lack of fiber, very appropriate for people with some form of chronic bowel disease at times in terms of wanting the bowels to move in a more regular manner. That's what Glucomannan is used for basically, a bulking agent and a source of dietary fiber. And what's what I have to say about that.

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