Health Benefits

 

ZERO Slim & Healthy Konjac Noodles, Rice & Pasta consist of about 97% water and 3% Glucomannan Fibre, an all natural vegetable fibre which is extracted from the root of the Konjac plant. Recent medical studies have shown beneficial effects to help people with type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and constipation. Because they are made solely from Glucomannan Fibre (and water), they are not made with wheat or any other normal noodle & pasta making ingredients which also makes our ZERO range totally allergen free: ZERO Gluten, ZERO Dairy, ZERO Egg, ZERO Soy etc, so whatever allergies you may have, you can still eat our ZERO Noodles, Rice & Pasta.

Our ZERO Slim & Healthy range also aid in digestion by slowing the absorption of sugars, which can cause our insulin to spike sharply and then crash. Spiking and crashing insulin are one of the hardest hurdles to overcome in trying to lose weight. When we eat starchy or sugary foods, we become ‘hyped’ up and full of quick energy. This means insulin is produced too fast. In the long run, this can cause diabetes, obesity and other health issues.

The fibre in our noodles is wonderful for cleansing the colon of fatty deposits and toxic waste. This waste accumulates in our bodies over the years and is one of the largest culprits of weight gain and fatigue. Our bodies become sluggish, and we feel tired all the time which causes us to slow down. It also causes us to get less exercise and leads to eating more to boost our energy. With only one gram of the soluble Glucomannan in our diets (ideally once a day before your biggest meal), you can detoxify your colon and remove build up.

Health Benefits of Glucomannan Fiber

Weight Loss – The efficacy of glucomannan fiber for weight loss relies on its ability to absorb up to twenty times its own weight in water. The glucomannan expands after ingestion, and this tends to promote a feeling of fullness as it travels through the digestive tract.

Constipation – Glucomannan fiber absorbs water, softens digestive contents and increases stool volume, relieving constipation

Hyperglycemia & Hypoglycemia – Glucomannan fiber attracts water in the digestive system and becomes a gel, slowing digestive processes and trapping carbohydrates so that blood sugar levels are stabilized.

Diabetes – One benefit of glucomannan fiber is the ability to regulate blood sugar levels as seen in Type 2 Diabetes, where glucomannan an has shown potential to reduce blood glucose, insulin and serum lipid levels after meals, an effect that seems to be enhanced by glucomannan relatively high viscosity compared to other soluble fibers.

High Cholesterol – By attaching itself to bile acids in the digestive system and moving them out of the body, glucomannan can help lower cholesterol and reduce the amount of fat present in the blood.

High Blood Pressure – As a corollary to glucomannans beneficial effect on cholesterol levels, one study has demonstrated a decrease in systolic blood pressure in healthy men after a four week course of glucomannan supplements.

Possible antidote to food poisoning – Glucomannan has itself been claimed to be something of an antidote to food poisoning. This claim originates from a single laboratory study in which 18 different food products were subjected to exposure to bacteria, including E. Coli and Salmonella, which were allowed to bind themselves to the products.

When the levels of bound bacteria were measured, the largest quantity were bound by sesame seed extract and konjac gum, leading to the tentative conclusion that glucomann may help to prevent bacteria from entering host cells.

This claim awaits further confirmation, as the effect has not been studied in a clinical setting to date.

Clinical Studies on Glucomannan Fiber

Clinical studies specific to glucomannan supplementation have shown positive results in the treatment of a number of conditions.

“There were significant changes in weight, cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides when the glucomannan group was compared with the placebo group. The average weight loss for the glucomannan group was 5.5lbs in eight weeks. Compared with the placebo group which gained 1.5lbs in eight weeks, the difference in weight loss between the two groups in highly significant.”

After four weeks the glucomannan group had a substantial decrease in cholesterol levels of 20.9mg/dl whereas the cholesterol levels of the placebo group increased by 5.9mg/dl.

(International Journal of Obesity, 1984, Effect of Glucomannan on obese patients; A clinical study)

A study of the soluble fibre Konjac glucomannan on serum cholesterol concentration was investigated in 63 healthy men who were encouraged not to change their usual diet or lifestyle. The findings showed that Glucomannan fibre reduced total cholesterol concentrations by 10%, LDL cholesterol by 7.2%, triglycerides by 23% and systolic blood pressure by 2.5%.

(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995, Effects of short term ingestion of Konjac glucomannan on serum cholesterol in healthy men)

A literature search of different research studies carried out on the effects of glucomannan fibre was analysed in order to reach an average finding conclusion of the 14 studies. All findings were compared to reach an average finding and concluded that the use of glucomannan significantly lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, tryglycerides and body weight.

(Effect of glucomannan on plasma lipid and glucose concentrations, body weight, and blood pressure:systematic review and meta-analysis, 2008, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

In a study run over 4 weeks, to evaluate the benefits of glucomannan on glycemic and lipid controls in Type 2 Diabetic patients, there were significant findings. It concluded that in type 2 diabetes, glucomannan ingestion reduced the rise of blood glucose without significantly affecting insulin levels. Long term supplement of glucomannan to the regular diabetic regimen lessened post challenge glucose levels and impeded the rise of LDL cholesterol. Glucomannan may be beneficial to the glycemia and lipid controls in Type 2 Diabetes.

(J Med Assoc Thai, 2007, Glycemic and Lipid Response to Glucomannan in Thais with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus)

In a study aimed at evaluating, in type 2 Diabetic subjects, the glycaemic and insulinemic increments after a standard breakfast with glucomannanos enriched biscuits and with common slices of toast with the same amounts of carbohydrates and calories. The results show a reduction in glycaemic increments after breakfast with the glucomannanos biscuits. The decreased insulin secretion and the reduction of insulin can longer preserve the functional reserve of beta-cells of the pancreas.

(Pub Med. Gove, 1992, Dietary fibre in the dietetic therapy of diabetes mellitus. Experimental data with purified glucomannans)

In a study which aimed to investigate the effect of supplementing a high carbohydrate diet with fibre from Konjac-mannan on metabolic control in subjects with the insulin resistance syndrome had notable results. It concluded that a diet rich in high viscosity Konjac-mannon improves glycemic control and lipid profile, suggesting a therapeutic potential in the treatment of the insulin resistance syndrome.

(American Diabetes Association, 2000, Beneficial effects of viscous dietary fibre from Konjac-mannan in subjects with the insulin resistance syndrome: results of a controlled metabolic trial)

For more medical researches on Glucomann fibre go to Medical Researches