gymnema sylvestre and diabetes

I’m sure many of our readers are familiar with Ayurveda medicine, yet to get on the same frequency lets remember that it is one of the oldest medicines in the world. It has its origin in India and is part of the universal health system. Ayurveda focuses primarily on promoting health and not in curing the disease and hence it is a well-known tool at preventing. Offers a comprehensive and holistic concept that fills spaces in traditional or allopathic therapy.

Among the many herbs, plants, roots, etc. which forms part of Ayurveda treatments there is one that it’s very effective in reducing blood sugar levels and controlling cholesterol and triglycerides in cases of type I and II diabetes or in cases of metabolic syndrome.

This herb is called “Gymnema Sylvestre”. This wonderful plant has shown in many scientific studies to be very effective in controlling blood sugar levels in a different way compared to the rest of the drugs known as hypoglycemic oral agents. This plant manage to lower blood sugar levels due to its ability to gradually increase insulin levels in people with type II diabetes.  More impressive is its effectiveness in some cases of type I diabetes, where there is an inability to produce insulin by the damage of Beta cells in the pancreatic islets.

In the case of type I diabetes the effect of the gymnema sylvestre is due to its ability to regenerate those beta cells and thereby the production of insulin in cases where this action was totally impaired. As you might suspect this herb has become an important tool in diabetes treatment together with the traditional measures that medicine has always offered.

But the benefits of the gymnema sylvestre do not stop there. Scientific studies on selected populations have also shown that this plant is able to lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels. These conditions frequently coexist with diabetes and often making it the most common of metabolic disease: Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome.

Also the effects of the gymnema silvestre help lower pre and post prandial glucose levels (showing the most effect in the second), but could also observe a decrease in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and therefore the chronic effects that diabetes can have on other organs such as the retina or peripheral circulation.

Some formulations of the gymnema silvestre are also being used to treat obesity and overweight. In these cases the plant would act by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates, resulting in better ability from the sugar receptors in tissues for its use to control the peaks of the binomial glucose/insulin responsible for sweet cravings at certain times of the day. Precisely one of the leading causes of exaggerated calorie intake from refined sugars.

Given all of this benefits, I think it’s a lot that we can gain and nothing to lose by simply adding the consumption of consumption Wild gymnema to your traditional diabetes treatment. Moreover, we need to keep following up the studies to help refine its use and keep increasing its benefits.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.


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Dr. Montserrat Rodríguez

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