The Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre Extract

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Nutrient Guide, Nutritional Support
Last Reviewed 02/15/2014

The Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre Extract

Gymnema sylvestre  extract derives from the leaves of a climbing plant native to the forests of central and south India. An effective natural treatment for diabetes, gymnema leaves have been used in traditional medicine since the 6th century B.C.

What Conditions Is Gymnema Sylvestre Extract Good For?

How Does Gymnema Sylvestre Extract Work?

The leaves of the Gymnema sylvestre plant contain gymnemic acids, which have been shown to slow the transport of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream. This, in turn, helps to:

Some research also suggests that gymnema sylvestre extract can help repair and regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

What Does the Research Say About Gymnema Sylvestre Extract?

Research has shown that Gymnema sylvestre extract is an effective therapy for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In one clinical trial, 22 people with type 2 diabetes who were taking oral diabetes drugs also took 400 mg of Gymnema sylvestre extract (as GS4) daily. Participants experienced significant reductions in blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c and glycosolated plasma protein levels.

More remarkably, at the end of the 18-month study, the participants were able to reduce their drug dosages, and five of the study subjects were able to effectively maintain normal blood sugar levels with the GS4 alone. The researchers concluded, “the beta cells may be regenerated in type 2 diabetic patients on GS4 (Gymnema sylvestre) supplementation.”

In another study, researchers gave 27 people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes 400 mg of Gymnema sylvestre extract (GS4) daily. After 10 to 12 months, Gymnema sylvestre extract conferred a number of benefits, including reductions in fasting blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c and glycosylated plasma protein levels. Insulin requirements were also reduced.

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