Amorphophallus Konjac & Weight Loss

Amorphophallus Konjac & Weight Loss

Covering a family of more than 200 species of plants, amorphophallus is a subtropical plant that has long been used as a “famine food” by those who live in its native zone of the Pacific Islands Western Africa; because they’re full of irritating chemicals, careful preparation has historically been needed in order to safely consume them.

While their value as a famine food has always been understood, it is only over the past decade that the properties of amorphophallus have been identified where getting into shape is concerned. Before you turn to this extraordinary plant for assistance, be sure that you know everything that there is to know about amorphophallus for weight loss:

Active Ingredients in Amorphophallus Konjac

amorphophallus_konjacInstead of boasting a range of active ingredients that affect the brain or digestive system, the true active property of amorphophallus is simply its fibrous nature. Because the human stomach is not particularly good at digesting it, most of the fiber that we eat passes through our system generally unprocessed; this is why fiber is so good at helping us to achieve and maintain regular bowel movements.

In the case of amorphophallus, the fiber that it is made of expands when it comes into contact with water – up to 17 times its original size! It is this expansion that makes it so valuable when it comes to weight loss, helping your stomach to remain full for longer periods, and so naturally decreasing your appetite.

Medicinal Properties of Amorphophallus

Studies aimed at investigating this potential weight loss effect of amorphophallus have been conducted since the 1980s, with results showing clearly that consuming even just a single gram of the plant’s fiber three times per day is enough to result in significant weight loss, especially when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Weight lost by using the plant wasn’t always significant in overall amount, but its power to affect real change in the appetite is undeniable.

Indirectly related to weight loss, amorphophallus has also been found to have a positive effect on lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called “bad” cholesterol that often finds itself hanging onto arterial walls, threatening to cause a stroke or heart attack down the road.

While it certainly isn’t a magical cure for those suffering from obesity, amorphophallus konjac has proven to be one of the many tools that can have a real, measurable effect on your efforts to lose weight and trim down, making it a valuable addition to any otherwise healthy diet!

About the Author – Amanda Jacobson writes about weight loss herbs, and is passionate about active lifestyle, healthy food, and self-improvement. Follow her on Twitter.

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