An herb native to India, Gymnema sylvestre has been used as a naturopathic treatment for diabetes in India. The extract may lower blood glucose and can also reduce the taste of sugar, thereby potentially reducing sugar cravings. The problem is seen when diabetics who are also taking insulin may lower their blood sugar too much through the use of this herb. So, diabetics should avoid taking gymnema sylvestre leaf.
Studies: In an
editorial printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Rubini makes mention of the Gymnema Sylvestra leaf and its ability to suppress the ability to taste sweet. (This doesn’t, however, make it an appetite suppressant and may even frustrate some sugar addicts who will continue to search for that “sweet” fix.) There are various studies on its use for diabetics, but none so far on weight loss.
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