Ingredients: 75% Gymnema Extract
Gymnema – The Ayurvedic plant known better as “sugar destroyer”
Gymnema sylvestre is a woody climbing shrub that’s native to the tropical forests of India, Africa and Australia. Its leaves have been used for thousands of year in the Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda.
It predominant use is in helping prevent and control diabetes as the Gymnemic acids in its leaves can block the sugar receptors on your tongue leading to reduced sugar cravings.
Similar to its effects on taste buds Gymnema Extract can also block sugar receptors in your intestines thereby lowering post meal sugar levels. For people with high blood sugar or a high HbA1c, Gymnema sylvestre can help reduce fasting, post-meal and long-term blood sugar levels. In one study Gymnema Extract over 90 days helped control high blood sugar with people with Type 2 Diabetes. However, if you’re taking blood-sugar-lowering medications, consult with your doctor first.
Gymnema’s role in insulin secretion and cell regeneration may also contribute to its blood-sugar-lowering capabilities. Gymnema sylvestre may stimulate insulin production in your pancreas, promoting the regeneration of insulin-producing islet cells. This can help lower your blood sugar levels. Research shows that other than its sugar lowering properties, it may also influence fat absorption and lipid levels. In a study in moderately-obese people Gymnema extract decreased triglycerides and bad “LDL” cholesterol by 20.2% and 19%, respectively. What’s more, it increased “good” HDL cholesterol levels by 22%.
It has also shown promise in weight balance. A study in 60 moderately-obese people taking a Gymnema extract found a 5–6% decrease in body weight, as well as reduced food intake.
Gymnema sylvestre is considered safe for most people, but it should not be taken by children or women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant.