Can you imagine having a natural herb on your side when battling diabetes?
Nature is omnipotent and can both help and harm us with equal ease. Fortunately, this time we focus on a useful Indian herb that can be considered a first aid in the fight against type 2 diabetes. The history of the herb gymnema begins more than 2,000 years ago, somewhere in Asia. It is a creeping annual plant distributed in Asia, China, the Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Australia. Its Latin name is Gymnema Sylvestre, but it is also known as the Australian cowplant and Periploca of the woods. Long before it was used so widely as a dietary supplement, the herb was used to prevent and treat diabetes. It is also known as the “sugar destroyer”.
Which part of the gymnema is used for medical purposes?
The main chemicals in the composition of the herb are gymnemic acid, tartaric acid, calcium oxalate, glucose, stigmasterol, choline and its derivative amino acid betaine. They are all found in the roots and leaves of the plant, which is why the roots and leaves are used.
How does gymnema extract help?
Gymnema extract has several impressive qualities related to the body’s susceptibility to sugar. The active ingredient in the gymnema extract, called gymnemic acid, blocks sugar receptors located on the surface of the tongue and thus the sugar cravings are drastically reduced. According to research, Gymnema sylvestre extract can affect the need for sweets and so sweet foods look less attractive. This can be very useful for people who are struggling with their desire for different sweets when trying to control their weight. (Studies have shown that contact of the plant’s leaves with the surface of the tongue reduces the ability to feel the taste of sweet foods and crave them.)
According to the WHO, more than 420 million people worldwide have diabetes. It is a disease characterized by high blood sugar levels and is caused by the body’s inability to produce enough insulin or the bodys inability to use it effectively. Gymnema is one of the “warriors” that fights diabetes. It is often used as a supplement in combination with other medicines for diabetes, as it has been shown to have antidiabetic qualities and help lower blood sugar levels after meals. Gymnema can stimulate the production of insulin by the pancreas, promotes the regeneration of insulin and this can help lower glucose levels.
While the herb is said to lower blood sugar levels and reduce sugar cravings, research shows that it can also affect fat absorption and lipid levels. In other words, it can help lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. In a study of obese people, it was shown that the anthem extract reduces triglycerides, “bad” LDL and increases the levels of “good” HDL cholesterol by 22%, in other words , the positive effect of the plant is also reducing the risk of heart disease. High blood sugar levels are dangerous, but so are low blood sugar levels, which can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, and even coma.
What is the correct dosage?
The daily intake of gymnema extract depends on the stage of the disease, the age of the patient and his general health. It is natural to determine the dosage after consultation with your doctor. The herb can interact well with cholesterol-lowering drugs and increase their effect. The palpable effect of the gymnema appears from 6 months to a year from the beginning of the reception.