Daily Dose of Gymnema Sylvestre: 400-600mg
Gymnema Sylvestre is a shrub that is native to India and its name literally means “sugar destroyer”. Just like the name implies, this herb is used to treat conditions that are related to sugar imbalances such as diabetes and other similar conditions, and it has the ability to suppress sweet tastes. Its active components are a group of saponins called gymnemic acids. This substance helps decrease the absorption of sugar in the intestine. It may also increase the amount of insulin in the body by increasing growth cells in the pancreas, which is the organ where the body produces insulin. Besides its hypoglycemic action that helps lower elevated blood sugar levels, Gymnema Sylvestre helps reduce the amount of lipids in the bloodstream and has anti-atherosclerotic effects. Atherosclerosis is caused when the arteries harden because of plaque, which is made up of cholesterol, building up in the arteries. This may partially or totally block blood flow from the heart, brain, and other vital organs, putting an intense strain on the heart. Some diseases that can result from atherosclerosis are coronary heart disease, angina (chest pain), carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and chronic kidney disease. There are studies that show evidence of how gymnema sylvestre may aid in weight loss. The study used a combination of niacin-bound chromium, hydroxycitric acid, and gymnema sylvestre extract, which resulted in reduction in body mass index and weight. Another study on rats found that with long term use, it may prevent weight gain even with a high fat diet. Further studies need to be conducted for its effects on humans.
The recommended dosage of gymnema is 400-600mg a day of an extract that contains 24% gymnema acid. It’s best to check with your doctor to know what the best dosage is for you because different brands may have different ingredients. Not enough research has been made to determine the side effects, except for how it may interfere with our ability to taste sweet foods. It may interact with medications prescribed to treat diabetes like glyburide, glipizide or insulin.
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