Gymnema Sylvestre originates from India but is cultivated all the way in Okinawa and all subtropical and tropical areas in between. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for countless years but is used for one particular reason today. Two widely spread ailments affecting millions of people can utilize the leaves of this regular looking plant: diabetes and obesity. While basic information on this plant is scarce, the research on its sugar-reducing abilities is vast.
Diabetes and Sugar-Reducing Research 1-2-3:
♦ This study in India used diabetes-induced rats and extracts of Gymnema Sylvestre to see the effects on the glucose levels and pancreas. The results showed the plant extract improved blood sugar regulation and repaired the pancreas tissue.
♦ This same team of researchers continued with a clinical trial on a group of men and women between 40-62 years old to further ensure the plant’s antidiabetic abilities. The patients were given the plant extract in a capsule to be taken regularly. Once the blood samples and patient health was assessed during and at the end of the trial, the effects were clear. The patients stated they felt more alert, less tired, and had a reduction of pain in their limbs. The lab results found blood glucose to be significantly lower and five patients even were able to stop taking their conventional drugs since the plant extract helped them efficiently maintain blood sugar levels. The research discusses this plant has an advantage over conventional drug therapy being all-natural and not only decreasing blood sugar levels but also possibly reversing the pancreatic damage done by type 2 diabetes.
♦ In another study, the ability of Gymnema extract was compared to ‘clofibrate’, a marketed cholesterol lowering compound. The plant was given to diabetic rats for 2 weeks and lowered elevated serum triglyceride levels, total cholesterol, and low and very low lipoproteins. Serum high-density lipoprotein levels were reversed back to normal. The research states this natural plant is comparably effective to the marketed drug.
Obesity and Weight Loss 1-2-3:
♦ Health goods proven to positively affect diabetes are logically beneficial for obesity and weight loss. This graph expresses the connection between obesity and diabetes and how they are related. Gymnemic acids treat both diabetes and obesity, unlike other compounds that may only treat one of the two. Given about 80% of patients with diabetes are obese, as well, treating obesity is a positive and effective way to treat diabetes and its symptoms. This paper emphasizes the importance for people to realize the overconsumption of sugar causes obesity and diabetes, which can result in terminal illnesses such as cancer and heart attack and that prevention and treatment is vital.
♦ This research states the utilization of herbs towards both obesity and diabetes due to the few to none side effects. The study supports this claim with the results of the plant extract lowering blood sugar, decreasing weight, lowering fatty acid accumulation, and inhibiting the storage of triglycerides in a clinical trial on humans.
♦ Gymnema is affirmed to be a safe and effective way weight loss ingredient in this clinical trial on 60 obese patients over 2 months in India showing the weight loss and lowered triglycerides, lipoproteins, and food intake like in other previously mentioned clinical trials.
Can’t Stop Eating Sweet Foods?:
Gymnema Sylvestre contains a peptide called ‘Gurmarin’ and a gymnemic acid that interferes with the tongue’s sweet and bitter taste receptors. When the ability to strongly taste sweetness is affected, the intake of sugary foods is said to decrease.
Other Hidden Health Benefits:
-Gymenma Sylvestre is just as effective as anti-inflammatory drug Phenylbutazone in this study. This plant is a safe, alternate method to reduce inflammation
-This plant can be used as an antibacterial and antifungal when compared to marketed antibiotics. Gymnema’s saponins are thought to have the bacteria and fungus inhibiting quality when shown to suppress E. coli, Pseudonomas, S. typhi (typhoid fever), K. pneumoniae, Proteus, Staph, A. fumigatus, and Aspergillus niger and flavus.
-In relation to the antiobesity qualities, this study additionally evaluated the antioxidant activity of the plant’s leaves. Using an array of different extract methods, each method exhibited strong antioxidant activity equal to α-tocopherol, a type of Vitamin E with strong antioxidant activity.
All The Good G’s that Give Gymnema its Power:
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