Of all of the herbs, this one is likely the least familiar for many of you. This is unfortunate, because gymnema sylvestre's ability to regulate blood sugar levels could help many people in the country. Its translated name, "sugar destroyer," came about because ancient Ayurvedic physicians found that chewing a few leaves of the plant suppressed the taste of sugar. As I'm sure you are aware, over the last 100 years sugar consumption has grown at a record pace. As a result, we've seen a dramatic rise in the incidence of diseases and symptoms associated with imbalanced blood sugar. Included in this list are some of the most prevalent problems of our time: obesity, heart disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, hyperactivity in children, insomnia and fatigue.
I'm not suggesting for a moment that gymnema sylvestre can cure these problems. The only real "cure" lies in completely eliminating or severely restricting refined sugar from the diet--a nearly impossible task when you consider that sugar, in one form or another, is now added to almost every processed food. As such, I believe it is imperative that each of us takes measures at least to counteract sugar's effects through the use of supplements. As far as I know, gymnema sylvestre is the only substance that not only suppresses the elevation of blood sugar, but also has the unusual ability of helping to regenerate pancreatic cells in both animals and humans.
Studies have revealed that diabetic patients taking oral medications could reduce their blood sugar levels significantly by taking 400 milligrams of gymnema sylvestre extract daily over 18 to 20 months. Corresponding animal studies showed that the gymnema sylvestre was also responsible for doubling the number of islet and beta cells in the pancreas. These are the cells responsible for the production and release of insulin.
Now it's your turn: What do you do to control your blood sugar levels naturally?