Irvingia Gabonensis is a water soluble dietary fibre (1). It has been found to delay stomach emptying which leads to the gradual absorption of dietary sugar (2). The lowering of cholesterol has also been found to be a key component of this ingredient by binding to bile acids (3).
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2 – Vuksan, V. L. A. D. I. M. I. R., Jenkins, D. J., Spadafora, P., Sievenpiper, J. L., Owen, R. O. B. I. N., Vidgen, E. D. W. A. R. D., … & Bruce-Thompson, C. H. A. R. L. E. S. (1999). Konjac-mannan (glucomannan) improves glycemia and other associated risk factors for coronary heart disease in type 2 diabetes. A randomized controlled metabolic trial. Diabetes Care, 22(6), 913-919.
3 – Arvill, A., & Bodin, L. (1995). Effect of short-term ingestion of konjac glucomannan on serum cholesterol in healthy men. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 61(3), 585-589.