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Int J Biol Macromol. 2016 Nov;92:942-956. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.07.098. Epub 2016 Jul 30.

Konjac glucomannan, a promising polysaccharide of Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch in health care.

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Department of Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, Government of Odisha, India. Electronic address:
ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (Regional Centre), Bhubaneswar 751 019, India.


In recent year, konjac glucomannan (KGM) has attracted more attention due to its non-harmful and non-toxic properties, good biocompatibility, biodegradability and hydrophilic ability. Moreover, KGM and their derivatives have several importances in the multidirectional research areas such as nutritional, biotechnological and fine chemical fields. In the previous article, we have reviewed the nutritional aspects of KGM covering the various aspects of functional foods, food additives and their derivatives. This review aims at highlighting the diverse biomedical research conducted on KGM in the past ten years, covering therapies for anti-obesity, regulation in lipid metabolism, laxative effect, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, prebiotic to wound dressing applications. Moreover, this review deals with global health aspects of KGM and the disparate health related factors associated with diseases and their control measures.


Health benefits; Konjac glucomannan (KGM); Polysaccharide

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