The tropical plant Gymnema sylvestre is native to India where it has been used for many years in the Ayurvedic tradition. By far, its major use is for regulating blood sugar disorders such as diabetes.
A specific leaf extract called "GS4" has been used for a majority of the human clinical trials with excellent results and few side effects. Gymnema is most often formulated with other ingredients that allow for the proper control of glucose levels.
In studies, extracts of the plant have decreased fasting blood sugar levels, normalized blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides,) lowered insulin requirements and enhanced insulin production. It accomplishes this by repairing and regenerating the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
Studies also show that craving for and consumption of sweets diminishes for hours after a dose.
Several animal studies have shown that gymnema leaf extracts are capable of regulating blood sugar in diabetic models. Studies in humans have confirmed these studies.
Gymnema sylvestre has been used for centuries in India to treat diabetes. It is also useful in weight loss regimens.
Gymnema does not substitute for insulin for individuals who need insulin to control their insulin (type I diabetes), see a healthcare professional if you suspect a blood sugar imbalance.
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