Used primarily in combination with other herbs, it has been shown to be effective in toning the blood and strengthening the body in general. The Hindu name for this herb is Gurmar meaning 'sugar destroyer.' Gymnema is effective at blocking the taste of sugar from the system. Taken before sugar, the Gymnema molecule blocks the passages through which sugar is normally absorbed, so that fewer sugar calories are assimilated. Both sugar and Gymnema are digested in the small intestine, but the larger molecule of Gymnema cannot be fully absorbed. The remaining sugar is eliminated as waste.
The active ingredient in Gymnema Sylvestre is 'gymnemic, an organic acid.' Gymnemic acid is composed of molecules with a similar atomic arrangement to glucose molecules. These molecules fill the receptor locations on the taste buds temporarily from one to two hours, preventing the taste buds form being able to taste any sugar molecule in the food. This action is repeated in the intestines when the gymnemic acid fills the receptors located on the absorptive external layers of the intestines, blocking temporarily, the absorption of the sugar molecules.
A taste test can show you how Gymnema works. First, taste something sweet, than swish a sip of Gymnema Sylvestre around in your mouth. Finally, 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. Gymnema will not affect food from tasting good, but will suppress the desire for sweets. This sugar blocking action of Gymnema works well in cases of diabetes.
When used for hyper-insulin, Gymnema is recommended to be taken with GTF Chromium in order to stabilize blood sugar.
Gymnema is an herb that reduces blood sugar levels after sugar consumption.
Gymnema has a molecular structure similar to that of sugar that can block absorption of up to fifty percent (50%) of dietary sugar calories.