Gymnema Sylvestre For Blood Sugar Management & Craving Control
Gymnema sylvestre is a herb commonly found in the tropical forests of India, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a treatment for diabetes.
Both human and animal studies suggest Gymnema is effective in this regard (see here, here, and here) with additional data suggesting it may even have a positive effect on lipid metabolism. Because of the existing documentation, it is thought to show potential in the treatment of both diabetes and obesity.
Although its mechanism of action is not entirely clear, Gymnema is thought to “work” by inhibiting glucose uptake in the small intestine and enhancing insulin release.
As if that weren’t enough, Gymnema sylvestre also seems to inhibit the ability to taste both sweetness and bitterness, although the studies demonstrating this are animal based.
For those of you looking for a supplement useful for regulating blood sugar levels and / or suppressing the sort of carbohydrate cravings brought on by vacillations of such, Gymnema is worth experimenting with – it is readily available and very affordable.
We recommend the Now brand version; it is available online at iHerb.com for less than $15.