• Supports Satiety*
  • Supports Weight Control*
  • Supports Glucose Metabolism*
  • Supports Cholesterol Metabolism*
  • Supports Healthy Bowel Movements*
  • Serves as a Prebiotic for Intestinal Bacteria*
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The Better Fiber Option

FiberFit features Shimizu Propol® A propolmannan—a highly pure, natural soluble fiber. Propol A is created from Amorphophallus konjac-derived glucomannan using proprietary processing techniques. This fiber has been studied for its viscosity and for its stability through the digestive tract; and studies support its health effects, such as on satiety, weight control, glucose and lipid metabolism, and bowel regularity.*


While a healthy diet and exercise are paramount to good health and maintaining healthy
body composition, adding supplementary soluble fiber offers additional benefits. When
selecting fiber, there are many aspects to review. Each fiber is unique in origin, purity,
viscosity, and overall stability once ingested. In fact, even one type of fiber can vary greatly
in quality. Amorphophallus konjac, a tuberous plant, is a rich source of the soluble fiber
glucomannan. This fiber has an exceptional ability to absorb water and is one of the most
viscous dietary fibers known.[1]
Not All Glucomannans Are Created Equal
There are many aspects of glucomannan that affect end-product quality: the species
of konjac used, the harvesting location, the time of harvesting, the production process,
impurities (e.g., sulfites), viscosity, the response of the viscosity to different pH levels and
temperatures, and hydration speed. For these reasons, finding the material with the most
manufacturing and processing experience and scientific research behind it is important.[1]
Propol® A Propolmannan
Shimizu Chemical Corporation is a pioneer in the world of dietary fiber and its health
benefits. Using its vast knowledge—over 300 years of processing raw material (Japanese
Amorphorphallus konjac species) and extracting glucomannan—it has developed Propol
A propolmannan, a highly purified glucomannan. Shimizu’s unique and proprietary threestage
purification process is carried out in large-scale extraction plants and involves
pulverizing the Amorphophallus tubers, collecting mannan-glucose particles, and polishing
the particles in order to dislodge and extract noxious materials that adhere to them. With
the use of cutting-edge technology, Propol A has been reduced to a special particle size
that maximizes density while remaining in desirable viscous form. This process yields a
pure, refined, high-performance Amorphophallus propolmannan that improves product
solubility, stability, and overall functionality.[1]
Viscosity, Stability Through the Digestive Tract
Viscosity is a physicochemical property of soluble fiber that reflects the fiber’s ability
to thicken as it mixes with fluid. Viscosity is a recognized factor affecting physiological
responses to soluble fiber.[2] Propol A features an extremely high viscosity (100,000 mPa·s),
which is thought to contribute to its health benefits.[1] Furthermore, as a benefit of its
unique processing, Propol A remains intact in the digestive tract—another key factor in
fiber functionality. Viscosity and stability, taken together, produce a highly effective material
that, once in the digestive tract, attracts water and forms a viscous gel-like substance that
slows digestion, delays the emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine,
slows down the influx of carbohydrates and fats into the bloodstream, binds to bile acids,
and impedes dietary fat absorption.*[3,4]
Satiety and Weight Control
Soluble fiber is known to act as a bulking agent in the stomach and intestine, which
creates the signals of fullness and causes individuals to eat less.[2,3,5,6] Studies suggest
that glucomannan supplementation significantly reduces weight at doses of 3 g/d to 4 g/d
when compared to placebo.[3,4,7-11] In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study,
the effects of 3 g/d of Propol (1 g 30-60 minutes prior to each meal) combined with 300
mg/d of calcium were studied. When dosing compliant and non-complaint subgroups were
analyzed, the results indicated that compliant subjects experienced a significant reduction
in scale weight, body fat percentage, and fat mass without a loss of fat-free mass or bone
density.[7] In another study, the mean weight loss for the glucomannan group was 5.5 lbs in
eight weeks, while subjects in the placebo group gained 1.5 lbs.*[3]
Glucose and Lipid Metabolism
Soluble fiber slows the absorption of carbohydrates, which influences the release of insulin
and the rate of fat storage. Glucomannan studies have not only demonstrated a positive
impact on postprandial glucose handling and glucose metabolism but also on cholesterol
metabolism.[3,4,7,10-13] This latter effect is thought to result from the fact that soluble fiber
reduces fat and cholesterol absorption and carries bile out of the intestines.[3,4] When fewer
bile acids are available, the body draws cholesterol from the bloodstream to make more.*
Healthy Bowel Function, Prebiotic
Glucomannan not only allows more water to remain in the stool, thereby making waste softer,
larger, and easier to pass through the intestines, but it is also an excellent prebiotic.[15-17] In a
placebo-controlled, randomized, parallel, double-blind, crossover trial, doses of 3 g/d and 4 g/d
of glucomannan had a positive impact on intestinal habit (i.e., daily and weekly evacuations)
and stool characteristics when compared to placebo.[18] Glucomannan has also been shown to
reduce mouth-to-cecum transit time compared to placebo.[15] In other research, glucomannan
improved defecation frequency, eased bowel movement, increased the fecal concentration
of lactobacilli as well as the daily output of bifidobacteria, lactobacilli, and total bacteria. In
addition, fermentation of glucomannan resulted in greater fecal acetate, propionate, and
i-butyrate concentrations and lower fecal pH.*[17]

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Weight 1.0 lbs