Glucomannan may serve as an alternative food additive in meals, increasing the amount of fiber and hopefully reducing the urge of consuming extra servings of food to achieve that sensation of fullness during each meal.
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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) October 13, 2012
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports recent research that shows the addition of glucomannan in daily diets may assist in the reduction of lipid levels.
According to a recent medical report published in the journal Medical Chemistry, the addition of glucomannan in daily diets may assist in the reduction of lipid levels, which may eventually result not only in weight loss, but also good health. Glucomannan is a dietary fiber that originates from the konjac plant, which has been commonly grown in Japan for centuries. This plant has been used as an ingredient in noodles and other delicacies as thickener in food items. Glucomannan contains hemicellulose, which is the polysaccharide present in the cells walls of plants, assisting in the maintenance of external cellular features.
The research study on the use of glucomannan involved approximately 256 children who were positively diagnosed with hyperlipidemia, or the condition associated with high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipid molecules in the blood. These pediatric patients had an average age of 14 years and were recommended to undergo a treatment for the lowering of lipid levels in order to prevent the development of chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart disease. The young individuals were randomly assigned to one of three types of diets in the presence of a specific treatment such as glucomannan (1 mg/day), atorvastatin (10 mg/day), and ezetimibe (10 mg/day). A control group receiving a regular diet without treatment was also included in the research study for comparison.
The treatment scheme lasted for approximately 9 months, of which the study participants were monitored at every three months. Monitoring included the determination of levels of various lipid molecules in the blood, such as total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, and triglycerides. The study participants were also weighed to determine any change in body mass index.
The results of the study showed that the glucomannan treatment group was associated with the highest amount of reduction in lipid levels (25%), as well as a significant decrease in the mean body weight (22%). On the other hand, the atorvastatin and ezetimibe treatment groups also showed a decrease in lipids levels among the study participants (16%), although the weight change in these groups were not significant. The study participants assigned to the control group showed a lowering in blood lipid levels (4%), yet the change in body weight in the group was reported as not significant.
Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “The findings in this research study on the use of glucomannan in lowering blood lipid levels and weight loss suggests that proper diets may serve as an effective approach in achieving good health.” The study involved young patients who, if left untreated, may potentially develop life-threatening diseases during their adulthood. Future studies might also want to look into the effects of combining glucomannan with exercise and sufficient amounts of rest.
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang also commented, saying, “Glucomannan may serve as an alternative food additive in meals, increasing the amount of fiber and hopefully reducing the urge of consuming extra servings of food to achieve that sensation of fullness during each meal.”
(SOURCE: “National Institutes of Health”, Multiple Lipid-Lowering Treatment in Pediatric Patients with Hyperlipidemia, July 3, 2012)
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