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Gymnema Sylvestre Herbal

Posted on July 21, 2020 | No Comments on Gymnema Sylvestre Herbal

Also known as gymnema, cowplant, Gurmari, Gurmarbooti, and Meshasringa, Gymnema Sylvestre is a miracle herb original found in the tropical forests of South Asia (India and Sri Lanka). What is unique about the herb is that chewing its leaves helps control the sensation of sweet. This effect is attributed to the presence of the gymnemic acids, which is extracted from the leaves and roots of the herb. As such, Gymnema Sylvestre had been used as a natural for treating and managing diabetes since time immemorial and was called sweet urine. However, this magical powers of the herb still lacks adequate study to validate its efficacy and effectiveness.

The principal bioactive ingredient in Gymnema sylvestris is the oleanane type of triterpenoid saponins which contain derivatives of deacylgymnemic acid belonging to oleanane and dammarene. The former are the gymnemic acids while the latter are gymnemasides. The herb also has flavones, α and β-chlorophylls, resins, tartaric, formic and butyric acids, as well as alkaloids. The molecules of gymnemic acid are the same with those of glucose, that permits it to seal cell receptors in the intestines that in turn prevent the absorption of sugar molecules.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are among the recognized institutions that validates the scientific effectives of gymnema sylvestre in regulating blood sugar of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, it is recommended as a supplementary medicine with insulin and other medications as prescribed by a physician. Thus, it is still important for diabetic patient to consult their doctors before including gymnema sylvestre in their diet.

For healthy adults especially those desiring to reduce their weights, the gymnema sylvestre also helps in curbing the cravings for sweets. Thus, it helps obese people from restraining their appetite for sweet food such as cakes, chocolates and ice cream which are full of fats and sugars.

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