Gymnema Tea from the Gymnema sylvestre vine is also called gurmar, which is a Hindi name meaning “destroyer of sugar.” It has been used for thousands of years as an herbal treatment for diabetes. It has the ability to block the absorption of glucose from the intestines and helps to reduce cravings for sugar. The reduction of sugar cravings also leads to the use of Gymnema as an adjunct for weight loss.
Some scientific studies suggest that there is a link between obesity, Gymnemic acids and diabetes. Gymnemic acids are the active constituent in Gymnema. Gymnemic acid is molecularly similar to glucose. It has also been suggested that this herb may reduce the number of triglycerides and the amount of LDL, “bad cholesterol”, in the bloodstream. This is an important step in combating cardiac problems, especially common in diabetics.
- Improves Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels, Reducing Heart Disease Risk
- Aid Weight Loss
- Helps Reduce Inflammation Due to Its Tannin and Saponin Content
Consuming a tea of dried Gymnema Sylvestre Tea is generally considered safe.
Pregnant and lactating women should avoid drinking Gymnema Sylvestre Tea.
Patients using those people taking anti-hyperglycemic drugs, or other medications for diabetes, need to exercise caution when taking this herb. It may lead to hypoglycemia, low blood sugar levels. Dosages may need to be adjusted.
Medical advice should always be sought prior to consuming medicinal herbs and teas, especially during pregnancy or while breast feeding.