Gurmar which is from a woody vine from India and Sir Lanka called Gymnema sylvestre.
Gymnema has a long history of use in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. The Hindi name, Gurmar, means “destroyer of sugar.”
What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?
The ancient Indian medical system, also known as Ayurveda, is based on ancient writings that rely on a “natural” and holistic approach to physical and mental health. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems and remains one of India’s traditional health care systems. Ayurvedic treatment combines products (mainly derived from plants, but may also include animal, metal, and mineral), diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
Natural Lozenge Containing Gymnema sylvestre May Limit Desire for Sugar: Brain imaging research conducted by a team of researchers at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI), led by Eric Stice, Ph.D., showed that consumption of a lozenge containing gymnemic acid (GA) reduced the desire for high-sugar foods. Participants in the study ate 52% less candy on the day they received the GA lozenge than the day they received the placebo lozenge. Study results were published in Physiology and Behavior.
Forty healthy men and women who reported both a fondness for sweet food and a desire to lose weight participated in this within-subject, double-blind crossover study. a fMRI scanning visits 7 days apart and was served a standardized and healthy breakfast or lunch prior to each test session. They randomly received a gymnemic acid lozenge or a placebo lozenge at their first visit and received the opposite lozenge during their second visit. The 30 minute MRI sessions included the consumption and taste of a high sugar milkshake and the simple viewing of milkshake pictures.
“The evidence that blocking sweet taste receptors with gymnemic acids reduces anticipated reward from high sugar beverages in a very novel finding,” noted Stice. “This may be a game changer regarding approaches for deducing intake of high sugar foods.”
6 Impressive Health Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre
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I am impressed by this research and the possible benefits of this herb enough to try it out myself since one of my downfalls in losing weight is the sweets. They are hard to kick, although I would say I have reduced eating sweets. I’ll be getting an order in next month and I will update this blog post to let you know how it works for me!
Update 10/10/19: I’ve been taking a Gymnema capsule once a day for three months and have found no reduction is cravings for sweets. I do not know if it’s affected sugar levels in my blood as I didn’t have any blood work done. I was hoping for the effect of fewer cravings, but I am disappointed in the results.
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