glucomannan

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glucomannan

(gloo?ko-man'an)
A polysaccharide gel obtained from the Japanese konjac plant, used as a source of nutritional fiber and to treat constipation and hyperlipidemia. Synonym: konjacmannan

glucomannan (glōōˑ·ko·man·nn),

n Latin name:
Amorphophallus konjac; part used: tubers; uses: laxative; uses under research: weight loss, antidiabetic, cardiovascular disease; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; can cause hypoglycemia, nausea, diarrhea, gas, abdominal cramps, dyspepsia, and stomach blockage. Also called
konjac and
konjac mannan.