The strange sounding name gymnema sylvestre is actually a plant that has a medicinal use in India and also in various parts of Asia as a homeopathic treatment for diabetes (which is also known in these parts as “sweet urine”).
The plant’s active ingredient is gynmnemic acid and it is taken from the leaves and roots of the plant. The gymnemic acid can help in lowering blood sugar levels and also help maintain the correct levels of blood sugar. Gymnemic acid is quite effective as a diabetes treatment because of its molecular structure, which is similar to the molecules of glucose. This means that the gymnemic acid molecules can easily fill the cell receptors found in the intestines, which helps in preventing the body from absorbing too much sugar molecules.
Both the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health have declared that there seems to be good scientific evidence that gymnema sylvestre can really be useful in regulating blood sugar levels in people that have type 1 and type 2 diabetes when it is taken along with insulin and other medicines. People who want to take the herb and include it in their diet should consult their doctors first because diabetes medication and insulin the patients are already taking could be reduced.
According to studies, gymnema sylvestre can actually help the craving for sweets. The herb is usually taken along with foods that have a high carbohydrate level or a meal that is high in sugar. The gymnemic acid will help the body in eliminating the excess sugars in the body and also making carbohydrates easily available for burning rather than storing it in the body.