Aids in Weight Loss
Weight problems and obesity are some of the main issues of an increasingly modernised society. Being obese puts one at risk of many diseases, including coronary artery disease, stroke, joint problems and diabetes. Good thing is, you can manage your weight and prevent obesity with Gymnema sylvestre. Loose leaves of Gymnema sylvestre can be prepared as a tea and will impair the ability to taste sugar by blocking sweet receptors on the tongue, thereby reducing appetite and food intake. Daily intake of Gymnema sylvestre has been shown to assist in losing weight.
Helps Controls Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal breakdown of carbohydrates and an elevated level of glucose in the blood. Over time, this condition can lead to various problems, including foot, eye and skin complications; hearing loss and nerve damage.
Gymnema sylvestre has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy to prevent and treat diabetes due to its content of acids which seem to decrease the amounts of sugar that are absorbed from foods. As a result, blood sugar levels may not increase as much as usual after meals.
In addition, Gymnema sylvestre may promote the production of insulin by the body and may also make body cells more responsive to the insulin that is available. And since the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre dull the sense of taste for sweet foods, people who consume the herb also tend to consume fewer sweet-tasting foods and drinks.
We are bombarded with free radicals daily due to environmental pollution, toxins, stress and the unhealthy food that we eat. Free radicals are a main cause of chronic inflammation, which is known as an underlying factor in most debilitating diseases.
A study* found that the active ingredients in Gymnema sylvestre elevated beneficial liver enzymes and the body’s natural antioxidants to combat inflammatory free radicals, thus keeping inflammation at bay. In fact, Gymnema sylvestre is traditionally used to treat inflammatory joint problems like arthritis and gout and many have experienced success with it.
Drink Up for Good Health
Gymnema sylvestre is commonly used together with green tea (Camelia sinensis) as a daily beverage to promote weight loss and maintain proper blood sugar levels. Green tea is rich in antioxidants polyphenols (flavonoids and catechins) which prevent free radical damage to our cells, thus protecting us from various diseases. Other benefits of green tea include lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as total and LDL cholesterol, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular consumption of green tea and Gymnema sylvestre helps control your weight, maintain healthy levels of blood sugar and improves your overall wellbeing.