Origin and history

Glucomannan is the name given to starch-like substances made from branched carbohydrate chains. Because devil's tongue root ( Amorphophallus konjac) contains about 40% glucomannan, the root, also known as konjac root, is the most important and prominent source of glucomannan. Konjac glucomannan is used in Europe as an additive in food under the number E 425 as a thickener. Also as a vegan replacement for gelatin. In Asia it has been used as a natural additive in traditional cuisine for around 1500 years. You can find higher levels of glucomannan in Shirataki noodles, for example. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.  


Glucomannan is characterized by a high content of soluble fiber , which contains few calories. And contains hardly any fat, protein or sugar, making it an attractive supplement for a healthy diet. As such a source, the fiber has positive effects on the digestive system and intestinal bacteria and can also form a protective film on the intestinal wall. Because it causes food to stay in the body longer, it can help you feel fuller for longer.  

The following health claims related to glucomannan have been evaluated and approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) through scientific studies:  

  • Glucomannan contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels (at a daily intake of 4 g)  
  • Glucomannan contributes to weight loss as part of a low-calorie diet (with a daily intake of 3 g glucomannan in three servings of 1 g per serving)  

In studies, the cholesterol-lowering effect of glucomannan has been evaluated and confirmed by the EFSA, but other health benefits are still being investigated in science.  

Potential health-promoting effects that have not yet been fully established and confirmed include:  

  • Anti-diabetic effect – Studies have shown that type 2 diabetics have reduced fasting sugar and insulin levels, as well as lower sugar levels after meals. Thus, glucomannan could help diabetics regulate their sugar.  
  • Anti-tumor effect – Studies suggest that glucomannan has a direct, blocking effect on a signaling pathway in tumor cells that inhibits growth. Additionally, it has anti-oxidant properties and reduces cell stress that could lead to tumors.  
  • Immune-stimulating effect - In a study, when in contact with antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, glucomannan led to an improved immune response and glucomannan could therefore also act as an immune-stimulating substance.  


Possible side effects  

If glucomannan is not taken with enough water, it can cause a risk of choking and intestinal blockage. Other undesirable effects include diarrhea, belching and flatulence. Therefore, you should always make sure you drink enough water when taking it.  


People taking blood sugar control medications or blood thinners should consult a doctor before taking glucomannan because it may affect the absorption of these medications. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people with existing intestinal problems should also consult a doctor before use.  

Which AgilNature® products contain glucomannan? 




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3 g per daily ration (6 capsules each) 



*Nutrient Reference Value = Percentage of the reference value according to Appendix XIII of the Food Information Regulation (EC) No. 1169/2011.  

** No recommendation available.  



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