Konjac Root, Glucomannan & PGX – Benefits & Differences
PGX, glucomannan and konjac root are different names for the same plant fiber. Dr. Oz likes to call it konjac root, I call it glucomannan because that’s how it reads on product labels.
Glucomannan is insoluble fiber that expands in your digestive track. This fiber, Dr. Oz says, helps you lose weight because, not only does it make you feel full so you don’t feel like eating much at meal time, but, it also rids the colon wall of fat. Glucomannan also slows down the digestion of carbohydrates which supports healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels.
Drinking a lot of water with this product is recommended so you don’t become dehydrated. This type of fiber expands as it soaks up liquid in your digestive tract, so, you need to make sure you replenish your body fluids by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Another thing to remember with insoluble fiber is to start slow; otherwise you may experience gas pains from too much fiber introduced into your body in a short period of time. So, start with one serving a day and build up over time.
It’s important to take a multivitamin/mineral while taking glucomannan since, when the fiber expands, it may cling to nutrients from the foods you eat and prevent them from being absorbed. Take the multivitamin/mineral at a time you are not taking the glucomannan.
So, if PGX is too expensive for you, you will find glucomannan a lot more affordable. Buy glucomannan in a capsule or powder and take it like PGX recommends on their products, before a meal, sprinkled on top of your meal or drink. It is tasteless and odorless so it goes well with any kind of food you’d like to put it on.