Gymnema Sylvestre extract may help to maintain healthy blood
sugar levels when used as part of your diet. Gymnema has been used
traditionally in India for centuries and has been shown in research to support
healthy glucose metabolism by mediation of insulin release and activity and
enhancement of healthy pancreatic function. LifeSource’s Gymnema Sylvestre
extract is standardized to minimum of 25% gymnemic acids, the same
concentration used in clinical research.
neutralizes the craving for sweets by abolishing the taste of sugar.
promotes regeneration of beta cells responsible for releasing insulin in
prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose.
lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides.
Gymnema normalizes blood sugar levels without the use of insulin or oral
*** Diabetes affects an estimated 18,200,000 people and there
are another 15,000,000 not yet diagnosed, just in the United States alone!
Complications from diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart
disease, nerve damage, limb amputations and even death. On top of all that,
prescriptive medications are drugs that can have toxic side effects including,
but not limited to, nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, weight gain, respiratory
infections, liver damage, and headaches.
The good news is: there is a safe and clinically proven
effective solution to help control your blood sugar!
Because Gymnema Sylvestre is known to lower levels of blood sugar, individuals
who have diabetes should use it with caution. If blood sugar levels fall too
low, shakiness, sweating, confusion, distorted speech, and loss of muscle
control may occur. If it is not corrected, low blood sugar can lead to
unconsciousness and even death.
Very little information is available on how Gymnema Sylvestre might affect a
developing fetus, an infant, or a small child. Therefore, its use is not
recommended during pregnancy, while breast-feeding, or during early childhood.
Gymnema Sylvestre: providing new hope for those with
Called alternately Gur-mar or Mera-singi in Hindi, Meshasringi (meaning
"ram's horn") in Sanskrit, "Periploca of the Woods" in
English, wald-schlinge in German, and Sarpadarushtrika Meshasringi in Ayurvedic
Medicine, Gymnema sylvestre is a woody, climbing plant that grows in the
tropical forests of central and southern India. It also happens to be a
first-rate warrior against diabetes.
History and traditional uses:
A member of the botanical family, Asclepiadacerae, an excellent variety of
Gymnema was growing in the Indian city of Goa, ages before the year 1498, when
the green-and-red royal Portuguese flag first waved in the warm breezes that
grace the Malabar Coast of southwest India. It grew there during the Indian
occupation of 1961-1962, which restored Indian rule to Goa. And this
outstanding botanical will continue to grow there for as long as geology and
In classical Ayurveda, Gymnema sylvestre has been used for stomach upsets and
as a diuretic. It was noted, even as far back as the first century A.D., that
Gymnema successfully "destroyed" excess sugars in the body, a
condition now recognized as diabetes.
What is its most impressive clinical application?
Diabetes. As early as 1930, researchers were also reporting the plant's
blood-glucose (blood-sugar) lowering actions. In modern India, extracts of
Gymnema's leaves are used successfully, either alone or in combination, with
other Ayurvedic compounds as a remedy against diabetes mellitus.
What is diabetes mellitus?
Actually, there are two forms. Type I diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes,
is a severe, chronic form of diabetes brought on by insufficient production of
insulin, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
This form of diabetes normally appears in childhood, or adolescence, and is
characterized by excessive thirst, frequent urination, a build up of acids in
the body--or a decrease in bicarbonates (acidosis), and heightened sugar levels
in blood and urine (glucosuria).
Type II diabetes, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, is a less severe form of
the disease that usually appears first in adulthood. Often manifesting no
symptoms, and growing worse with obesity and physical inactivity, this form is
treated with dietary changes and exercise.
In 1990, at the Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Diabetes (Kilpauk Medical College
Hospital), Madras, E.R.B. Shanmugasundaram, et al., gave 400 mg/day of Gymnema
sylvestre extract to 27 patients with Type I diabetes, the severe form.
The results indicate that insulin requirements and excessive excretion of
glucose in the urine (glucosuria) were reduced in 22 patients; blood sugar
(glucose) levels were reduced in 25.
|Serving Size: 1 Capsule|
Servings per Container: 90
Amount per Serving:
|Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (GS4) |
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.