Gymnema Sylvestre herb – Complete Information on Gymnema:
gymnema sylvestre sylvestris diabetea gurmar meshashringiGymnema Sylvestre, also known as Gurmar and Meshashringi, whose Hindi name literally means ‘sugar destroyer’, has been used in Ayurveda for several centuries to regulate sugar metabolism.
The hypoglycemic (blood sugar-lowering) action of gymnema leaves was first documented in the late 1920s. This action is gradual in nature, differing from the rapid effect of many prescription hypoglycemic drugs. Gymnema leaves raise insulin levels by regeneration of the cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin. Other research has shown that gymnema also improves uptake of glucose into cells by increasing the activity of the glucose utilizing enzymes, and prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose, thereby reducing blood sugar levels. The leaves are also noted for lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides. It also abolishes the taste of sugar, which effectively suppresses and neutralizes the craving for sweets. The leaf extracts contain gymnemic acid which inhibits hyperglycemia and also acts as a cardiovascular stimulant.
The primary clinical application for this botanical is as an antidiabetic agent. Gymnema has been the subject of considerable research since the 1930s, with promising results for types 1 and 2 diabetes. Gymnema has been successful in controlling the blood sugar level without reducing it to below the normal blood sugar level, an effect seen with the use of insulin or oral hypoglycemic sulphonylurea compounds. Gymnema provides a simple and effective method to help maintain healthy glucose levels. Gymnema contains Gymnemic acid (GA), quercitol, lupeol, �-amyrin and stigmasterol, which have glucose lowering properties. It works safely within your current regimen to promote proper pancreatic function.
Gymnema – Pure Extract (250 mg – 60 Capsules)
Gymnema – Pure Extract (250 mg – 60 Capsules)
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- Promotes regeneration of beta cells responsible for releasing insulin in the pancreas
- Prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose
- Lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides
- Neutralizes the craving for sweets by abolishing the taste of sugar
- Overall, Gymnema normalizes blood sugar levels without the use of insulin or oral compounds
Available in a pack of 60 capsules (250 mg). Does not contain added sugar, salt, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Take 1 or 2 capsules twice daily with meals. Allow several weeks for benefits. The use of natural products provides progressive but long-lasting results.
If taking with other anti-diabetic medications, please monitor your blood sugar levels closely as there is a risk of blood sugar levels dropping below normal.
OTHER GYMNEMA PRODUCTS
Gymnema is the pure extract of one herb. It is also available in the following herbal blends as one of the main ingredients:
GlucoCare – Natural Herbal Blend (595 mg – 120 Tablets)
LeanCare – Natural Herbal Blend (480 mg – 60 Capsules)
Frequently Asked Questions About Gymnema
What is Gymnema?
Gymnema or Gymnema Sylvestre is often referred to as �sugar destroyer� and has been used in Ayurveda since the 6th century B. C. It has been shown to have a regenerative effect on pancreatic beta cells while curbing a person�s craving for sweets.
Who can take Gymnema?
Gymnema is typically recommended for people who have trouble taming their sweet tooth and who are either borderline diabetic or waging a war against Type II diabetes. When there a high level of blood sugar, the body produces more insulin, which is the hormone that helps shuttle blood sugar into the cells of the body. But as too much insulin is produced, the cells become resistant to it – a condition known as insulin resistance. When that happens, blood sugar remains high. Many people who have insulin resistance gain weight, no matter what their diet. In such cases, Gymnema may help by improving the cells� uptake of blood sugar and helping the body utilize it.
Is Gymnema addictive?
No, Gymnema does not contain any addictive components and can be taken without fear of addiction for extended periods of time.
Are there any side effects to taking Gymnema?
No side effects have been reported, but researchers have not established whether this herb is absolutely safe for pregnant women or during lactation.
Can Gymnema be taken along with other pharmaceutical medication?
It is advisable to use caution when taking Gymnema along with other pharmaceutical medication (oral hypoglycemics or insulin) for diabetes. The combination of gymnema and these medications can lower blood-sugar levels to potentially risky levels. If you are already taking diabetes medication, it is extremely important to work with a physician before supplementing with gymnema because the physician needs to closely monitor blood-sugar levels. In many instances, your doctor will need to lower the dosage of the pharmaceutical medication you are on.
What kind of action does Gymnema have on the body?
Gymnema has the ability to lower blood sugar levels, improve the body�s ability to metabolize and respond to insulin and regenerate the pancreas, although results depend on how advanced the condition is the extent to which medical management and monitoring is essential. Gymnema decreases insulin needs by 45-75% and helps lower blood sugar and triglycerides. Further, gymnema reduces craving for sugar and blocks the ability to taste sweets for 3 hours, although it does not completely destroy all sense of taste. In type II diabetes, gymnema improves insulin�s effects and can even substitute for oral sugar-lowering drugs.
How can I test if Gymnema really blocks one�s ability to taste sweets?
A taste test can show how Gymnema works. First taste something sweet. Then, take one dosage of Gymnema. Now, taste something sweet again. You will not be able to taste the sugar because Gymnema has blocked the taste of the sugar in your mouth in the same way it blocks sugar in digestion.
What are the benefits of taking Gymnema?
Gymnema is an herb that reduces blood sugar levels after sugar consumption. It has a molecular structure similar to that of sugar that can block absorption of up to 50% of dietary sugar calories. Gymnema can be taken for:
- Weight Management
How long do I have take Gymnema before I see any results?
Herbal medicines provide progressive, long-term benefits. Certain classes of herbs work well in acute conditions to provide quick relief, however herbs like Gymnema need to be taken for at least 3-4 weeks before the benefits of taking it can be experienced. Optimally, it can take anywhere between 6 months and 2 years to experience the full range of benefits. Individual results can vary, depending on the nature and seriousness of the condition for which Gymnema is being consumed.
Have any studies been done on Gymnema?
In one controlled study, a standardized gymnema extract was given to 27 people with Type I diabetes, all receiving a dosage of 400 mg daily for periods ranging from 6 months to 2 and � years. 37 of the other people in the study continued to take the usual insulin therapy without the addition of gymnema. Among those who took the herbal extract, researchers found that insulin requirements fell off dramatically. In addition, there was a statistically significant decrease in the blood sugar markers that tests long-term blood sugar. Those in the control group showed no significant decreases in blood sugar or insulin requirements.
In a second study, 22 people with Type II diabetes were given 400 mg of gymnema extract every day for 18 to 20 months while they also continued to get their usual medication for hypoglycemia. Average blood sugar levels improved significantly in the group, along with another sugar related factor (glycosylated hemoglobin). Results also showed that there was an increase in pancreatic release of insulin among the people who got gymnema. People in the study were able to reduce their medication, and five were able to discontinue their drugs completely.
Is Gymnema a standardized herbal medicine?
Himalaya Healthcare Company has solved the riddle of ensuring consistency of performance for herbal remedies through full control of all stages of production from growing the herbs on their own farms to adhering to pharma Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and stringent quality controls. Every Himalaya Pure Herb, including Gymnema, is fingerprinted using the most sophisticated chromatographic techniques to consistently maintain the highest quality.
What is the difference between the pure herb, Gymnema, and herbal blends that contain Gymnema as a primary ingredient?
Himalaya Pure Herbs is a line of clinically proven traditional herbs from The Himalaya Drug Company. The Himalaya Pure Herbs range delivers to you the best of a rich Indian pharmacopoeia in a convenient capsule form. Each Pure Herb capsule contains the goodness of the entire Gymnema plant and all its attendant benefits. On the other hand, herbal blends, like GlucoCare, that contain Gymnema as the primary ingredient fulfill essentially all of the functions that Gymnema individually does, but include other herbs that address different aspects of glucose metabolism. For most consumers, it is often a matter of choice when deciding between Pure Herbs and Herbal blends.
Which is more important when shopping for herbal medicines – safety, effectiveness, or bioequivalence?
We recognize that, for most consumers, the real issue is less one of safety and effectiveness of herbal remedies in general and more one of the quality of the specified product. The real issue for the consumer is the question of bioequivalence: is the product in front of me going to be bioequivalent to the one I have been reading about and deliver the results I expect?
Why buy Himalaya Gymnema when there are countless other brands available on the market?
It is important that you, as a consumer, look for products that have not only been researched clinically but are also �fingerprinted� to guarantee that �the science is in the pill�. Himalaya, in fact, pioneered �fingerprinting� as the way to achieve consistency of performance of herbal remedies. Fingerprinting refers to perfectly matching the entire phytoconstituent profile of the plant between the product on the market and the reference or standard on which the science has been generated. In other words, �fingerprinting� the entire make-up of the herbal product is the only way to verify bioequivalence. Most companies that manufacture herbal medicines are not equipped nor care to perform such fingerprinting. Consequently for the consumer, most products on the market cannot truly make the claims they make because the bioequivalence of their herbal products has not been conclusively established through a match of their phytoconstituent profiles with the reference.
Gymnema has been scientifically validated by many clinical studies. Its formula has been subjected to the modern scrutiny of clinical testing to prove its benefits in gently addressing your health concerns, and its quality is controlled by the most sophisticated chromatographic “fingerprinting” techniques.