DR MB’s Gymnema Sylvestre
Gymnema sylvestre, a perennial, woody climber, has a long history of medicinal use in Ayurvedic medicine. It belongs to the class dicotyledonous of the family Asclepiadaceae or “milkweed” family. You can find gymnema sylvestre growing in tropical and subtropical regions, particularly in parts of central and southern India, tropical Africa, and some areas of China, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.
The herb’s phytoconstituents, including: gymnemic acids, gymnemasaponins, anthraquinones, flavones, phytin, resins, tartaric acid, formic acid, butyric acid, lupeol, stigmasterol, and calcium oxalate, which contribute to the many benefits of gymnema sylvestre.
In Ayurvedic medicine, G. sylvestre is known as a digestive, anti-inflammatory, bitter, acrid, and liver tonic.
In traditional medicine, this rare herb has been recommended for a range of health conditions, making it a powerful natural remedy.
Gymnema sylvestre, plays a significant role in fighting diabetes. Studies have confirmed its remarkable hypoglycemic effects, and researchers have stated that it “forms the platform of diabetes therapeutics in the traditional system of medication.”
Furthermore, the antidiabetic effects of G. sylvestre actively contribute to maintaining normal blood sugar levels, particularly after meals. That is precisely why this rare herb is referred to as the “destroyer of sugar” in Hindi.
Moreover, studies indicate that gurmar actively stimulates insulin production in the pancreas, which effectively lowers blood sugar levels.
Research conducted in India has drawn significant attention to the use of Gymnema sylvestra for obesity. The herb’s ability to decrease body weight, inhibit glucose absorption, and reduce sugar cravings are the factors contributing to its popularity.
The components of gurmar actively prevent the accumulation of triglycerides in muscle and the liver, while also reducing fatty acid accumulation in the body. Due to its role in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, the herb shows potential in supporting weight loss efforts and combating obesity.
Moreover, gumar may serve as a valuable aid in overcoming sugar addiction by effectively reducing cravings.
Improves Cholesterol Levels
Research has demonstrated that Gymnema actively impacts fat absorption and cholesterol levels. This rare herb holds the potential to assist in lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, making it a potent tool in the fight against heart disease.
A noteworthy study published in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism in 2014 showcased the herb’s effectiveness. Participants who received a combination of hydroxycitric acid, niacin-bound chromium, and gymnema sylvestre experienced remarkable outcomes. They observed a 5 percent to 6 percent decrease in body weight and body mass index, along with significantly reduced food intake, total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, triglycerides, and serum leptin levels.
Improves Arthritis Symptoms
The anti-inflammatory effects of gurmar stem from its tannins and saponins. These therapeutic compounds enable gymnema to actively combat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
According to researchers, G. sylvestre has the potential to decrease the release of inflammatory mediators, thus contributing to a reduction in bone destruction and alleviation of arthritis symptoms. In studies conducted, extracts of gymnema demonstrated the ability to decrease swelling by 39 percent to 75 percent.
G. sylvestre has antibacterial effects and has been shown to fight microbial dental infections. For this reason, herbal toothpastes made with powdered gurmar have become available.
Regulates Immune System
The herb has the capability to suppress immune responses, leading to a reduction in swelling and other inflammatory factors.
Furthermore, apart from these extensively studied benefits, there is additional research suggesting that gymnema possesses various other advantageous properties. These include its ability to promote wound healing, treat snake bites, act as a laxative, serve as a natural diuretic, and ease cough symptoms.