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Gymnema Sylvestre

Stop The Desire For Sweets

A plant mostly found growing wild in the tropical forests of India, Gymnema Sylvester has long been used as a treatment for both type I and type II diabetes. This amazing herb has been used by Indian healers for nearly 2000 years as part of the Ayurvedic traditional system of medicine. In ancient times, gymnema was known as ‘gurmar’ — a Sanskit word which literally means ‘sugar destroyer’— because Ayurvedic physicians observed that chewing a few leaves from this herb suppressed the sweet taste of sugar.

Gymnema is effective at blocking the taste of sugar because its molecular structure is so similar to sugar that it can fill the receptor locations on the taste buds for one to two hours.
This prevents the taste buds from being able to taste any sugar molecule in food. Gymnema won’t affect food from tasting good, but it will suppress the desire for sweets.
This herb seems to enhance glucose control. A study published in 1986 suggests that the extract of gymnema can significantly increase liver and pancreatic function, which is why it has been used for centuries in cases of diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, allergies, anemia, and osteoporosis.

Several studies have shown the reduction of glucose-reducing drug for most diabetics after 6 to 18 months of taking gymnema. And it has been reported that with the help of a few other herbs and a proper diet, some diabetics have completely stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs.
The amazing characteristic of this herb is that it exerts its blood sugar lowering effects only when needed. If you are not diabetic but are looking to curb your sweet tooth, try taking this herb to help beat the sugar habit.

Ref: 1. Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney MH
2. Encyclopedia of Herbs by Dr Terry Willard
3. Diabetes and Hypoglycemia by Michael Murray ND


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