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Gymnema: Glucose Balancing Tonic

Gymnema is also known as the sugar destroyer and is named so in Hindi-Gurmar or destroyer of sugar. The leaves of this herbal plant when chewed interfere with the ability to taste sweetness, which explains its Hindi name Gurmar - Destroyer of sugar.

Each vegetarian capsule contains 600mg of Gymnema leaves (Gymnema Sylvestre). See label for more details.

It also helps in balancing both Pitta (for soothing) and Kapha (for rejuvenating).

Sanskrit Name Meshashringi
Botanical Name Gymnema sylvestre
English Name Pericopa of the woods
Family Asclepidaceae
Useful Part Leaves

Besides being an glucose balancing tonic, Gymnema has a number of other benefits,

Scientific Usage

  • Supporter of normal blood sugar levels*
  • Helps healthy functioning of pancreas*
  • Promotes the regeneration of Beta cells in the pancreas*
  • Helps in weight management and promoting healthy cholesterol levels*
  • Supports normal appetite level*
Additional Uses

Studies have showed Gymnema to be supportive of normal body weight and normal blood lipid levels. The herb, whose name means "Sugar Destroyer" or Gurmar in Hindi, has been used since the sixth century BC to support normal blood sugar levels in the body. Individuals of dominant Kapha Doshas have slower metabolism and are often attracted to sweet food .Pitta governs metabolic activities in the body, such as sugar metabolism. An exaggerated Pitta imbalance affects the body's metabolism, including sugar metabolism. Kapha sometimes needs to help to curb sugar cravings. Gymnema helps sugar metabolism to balance both of these body type imbalances.

Research has shown that Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) has a beneficial effect on Beta cells in the pancreas, and delays glucose absorption in the intestine. This activity helps protect the pancreas from releasing too much insulin. Long-term intake of Gymnema leaf extract lowered the body weight and triglyceride levels of rats fed a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, whether they were lean or over-weight and without altering their serum levels of insulin. The inhibition of body weight gain and cholesterol levels by Gymnema leaf extract has been attributed to the constituent, gymnemagenin.

Side Effects

No side effects have been reported.

1. Evaluation of evidenced-based radioprotective efficacy of Gymnema sylvestre leaves in mice brain.Sharma K, Singh U, Vats S, Priyadarsini K, Bhatia A, Kamal R.J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 2009;28(4):311-23.PMID: 20102328 [PubMed]

2. Antihyperglycemic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant effects of Dihar, a polyherbal ayurvedic formulation in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats.Patel SS, Shah RS, Goyal RK.Indian J Exp Biol. 2009 Jul;47(7):564-70.PMID: 19761040 [PubMed]

3. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.Nahas R, Moher M.Can Fam Physician. 2009 Jun;55(6):591-6. Review.PMID: 19509199 [PubMed ]

4. Characterization of the insulinotropic activity of an aqueous extract of Gymnema sylvestre in mouse beta-cells and human islets of Langerhans.Liu B, Asare-Anane H, Al-Romaiyan A, Huang G, Amiel SA, Jones PM, Persaud SJ. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2009;23(1-3):125-32. Epub 2009 Feb 18.PMID: 19255507 [PubMed]

5. Antihyperlipidaemic effect of Gymnema montanum: a study on lipid profile and fatty acid composition in experimental diabetes.Ramkumar KM, Vijayakumar RS, Ponmanickam P, Velayuthaprabhu S, Archunan G, Rajaguru P.Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2008 Dec;103(6):538-45.PMID: 19067681 [PubMed]

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One Capsule
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Gymnema leaves (Gymnema Sylvestre) 600 mg*
Standardized Extract(75% Gymnemic Acids-450mg*)
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsule (HPMC), Dicalcium Phosphate.
No Sugar,No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavor or Sweeteners ,Sodium Free,
No Wheat, No Glutin, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free, No Preservative, No Starch,
No Milk, No Lactose, No Corn
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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