The Negative Effects of Sugar
Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb native to India, referred to by ancient Ayurvedic practitioners as “the destroyer of sugar.” Today, modern science has recognized its ability to control sugar cravings and possibly mitigate symptoms of type 2 diabetes and other sugar-related conditions.
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While the precise mechanism of this benefit is not well understood, Gymnema Sylvestre has been shown to reduce sugar cravings and reduce the taste of sugar when it’s placed in the mouth. Scientists believe this effect comes from glycosides isolated in the leaves of the plant, known as Gymnemic acids. These glycosides have been shown to have “anti-sweet” activity. Imagine the benefit to those of us whose biggest weakness is dessert!
Studies of Gymnema Sylvestre with Type II Diabetes
In 2005, a group of scientists at Kings College, London, United Kingdom found that ingredients in Gymnema Sylvestre increased insulin levels in mice and human B cells. Here is an abstract for that study:
In 2010, scientists at King’s College, London, United Kingdom performed another study using an extract of Gymnema Sylvestre. It was found to improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Here is the abstract for that study:
Gymnema Sylvestre can be purchased from most health food stores as either a stand-alone nutritional supplement or as part of a naturopathic formula.
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