Gymnema Sylvestre: What is it and how to take it
June 7, 2022
In This Healthy Insight:
What is Gymnema Sylvestre?
Gymnema sylvestre comes from a hardy shrub native to India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Australia. It is also known as “Austrialian cowplant” or “periploca of the woods.” Its Hindi name, “gurmar” translates to “destroyer of sugar,” which is what it’s become most famous for.
There’s a compound in Gymnema called guarmarin that prevents your taste buds from detecting sweet foods. And during the digestive process, its acids are thought to inhibit the absorption of sugars. All good news for those on a high fat diet, weight journey, or concerned about maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
- Reduces sugar cravings, especially important if you’re on a keto diet
- Makes sweet foods less appealing
- Suppresses the taste of sweetness
- May support blood sugar levels (already in the normal range)
- Promotes glucose metabolism
- Fosters cardiovascular health
- Supports weight loss goals
- Fights oxidative stress