What Is It? – A dietary fiber derived from the konjac plant, glucomannan has been used to treat weight loss, diabetes, constipation, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and various stomach conditions. Studies have shown it can help ease constipation and slow the absorption of sugar in the stomach to control sugar levels in diabetes.
Where Can You Get It? – In powders and capsules, in most drugstores; and in shirataki noodles.
How Much Is Enough? – Depending on the usage, the dose can vary, though many people start at around 2 grams daily. Follow label directions or check with your doctor.
Any Concerns? – Research has shown that the tablet form of glucomannan may cause blockages of the throat or intestines; take it under the supervision of a doctor. Also, glucamonnan might interfere with your blood-sugar control during surgery and shortly after. Stop using glucomannan at least two weeks before surgery.
What Is It? – A substance produced naturally by the liver; your body uses it to build tissue and make chemicals and proteins. It may be most effective for reducing side effects of chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
Where Can You Get It? – It’s in sulfur-rich foods like garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage. You can also find supplements at most drugstores.
How Much Is Enough? – There is no recommended intake for glutathione, as it is mainly used intravenously (IV) by doctors, to treat patients going through chemotherapy.
Any Concerns? – Possible side effects are not yet known for this substance.
Combined with papaya, glutathoine turns up is soaps that can reduce age spots and freckles.
What Is It? – This amino acid can be produced in your body-no help needed. Glycine is involved in the transmission of chemical signals in the brain, so there is interest in trying it for schizophrenia and improving memory. some researchers think glycine may have a role in cancer prevention, because it seems to interfere with the blood supply needed by certain tumors. However, there has not been enough research done at this time to confirm these findings.
Where Can You Get It? – The primary sources for glycine are protein-rich foods, including meat, fish, dairy and legumes.
How Much Is Enough? – For treating schizophrenia, it has been used in doses ranging fro 0,4 to 0,8 grams per kilogram (2,2 pounds) daily. It is usually started at 4 grams daily and increased by 4 grams per day until the effective dose is reached.
Any Concerns? – Glycine seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. A few people have reported nausea, vomiting, stomach upset and drowsiness.
Glycine: One more good reason to eat beans.