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Glucomannan improves cholesterol

Previous studies suggest the soluble fiber glucomannan reduces LDL—the “bad” cholesterol—but there are relatively few studies, most of which are small and of short duration. Here, doctors reviewed and analyzed findings from 12 placebo-controlled trials covering 370 adults and children who took 3 grams of glucomannan fiber per day for at least three weeks. Overall, those taking 3 grams of glucomannan per day saw LDL decline by an average of 10 percent, and other non-HDL cholesterol decline by 7 percent. Commenting on the findings, doctors said that because of its non-HDL cholesterol-lowering effects, government health agencies may wish to recommend adding glucomannan to the diet as a way to reduce chances of heart and circulatory events in the general population.

 

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