Gymnema sylvestre grows primarily in India and Africa and has been in use for thousands of years. Many cultures have utilized this herb to manage blood sugar. The Hindi word for gymnema is 'gurmar', which means 'sugar destroyer'. A number of clinical studies have been performed to evaluate the use of Gymnema in supporting healthy blood sugar
Mechanism of Action
Gymnema contains chemicals that decrease the amount of sugar that the intestine can absorb. It is also believed that this herb increases insulin and the growth of pancreatic cells. The study "A systematic review of Gymnema sylvestre in obesity and diabetes management' states: "Gymnemic acid - an active component isolated from Gymnema sylvestre - has anti-obesity and antidiabetic properties, decreases body weight and also inhibits glucose absorption. Several components extracted from Gymnema prevent the accumulation of triglycerides in muscle and liver, and also decrease fatty acid accumulation in the circulation."
Pregnancy and/or breast feeding: Although there are currently no known contra-indications, physicians normally recommend that most herbs be avoided in these conditions.
Diabetes: Diabetics can experience a drop in blood sugar when using Gymnema. Monitor blood sugar levels closely and be aware of signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Surgery: Discontinue use of Gymnema at least two weeks before surgery.
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