Gymnema sylvestre, a vine-like plant, has been used for centuries in India and Pakistan, and is now becoming better known popular in other countries. Scores of studies* have been carried out on Gymnema sylvestre which highlight its ability to help the body to maintain blood sugar balance. One of its common names is ‘Gurmar’ which translates as sugar-destroyer.
Gymnema Kills The Sweet Taste
When dropped on the tongue, Gymnema Fluid Extract blocks the receptors for the sweet taste for several hours – sweetness can hardly be tasted. The taste of fatty food changes too. The effect is strong and instantaneous. The are similar cell receptors in the intestines which normally allow sugar to be absorbed into the blood stream.
People who use Gymnema include those who are trying to lose weight as well as those keen to keep their blood sugar levels in balance. The key factors in balancing body weight are usually diet and exercise: Gymnema can be an extra help. Some people take a few drops of Gymnema on the tongue just before a meal, which reduces the desire for sweet and fatty foods. Dropping this on the tongue also makes it nearly impossible to taste sweetness for up to 3 hours or even more.
How To Use Gymnema Sylvestre
To dropped onto the tongue to diminish the taste of sweet/fatty foods: 4-6 drops of Gymnema drops (fluid extract) dropped directly onto the tongue when desired, for example before a meal.
For general, whole-body benefits:
1-2 Gymnema capsules, or 12-30 Gymnema drops (fluid extract) in a little water, 3 times a day.
Be aware that Gymnema sylvestre might add to the effect of herbs which help balance blood sugar, including aloe vera, devil’s claw, eleutherocccus senticosus (siberian ginseng), fenugreek, ginger (in high amounts), jambul, panax ginseng, psyllium husks, stevia and turmeric. Be cautious if using Gymnema sylvestre alongside drugs which reduce blood sugar, including insulin; talk to your doctor before doing so.
There are no published reports of human toxicity with Gymnema sylvestre.
Pregnancy And Breastfeeding
Little information is available on how Gymnema might affect a child in the womb or an infant. We advise caution in using Gymnema sylvestre in these circumstances.