The destroyer of Sugar! Gymnema Sylvestre
At Eir, one of our most favourite ingredients is Gymnema Sylvestre, which we like to call THE SUGAR DESTROYER, in shouty capitals.
Why is it so great? Here are the top 5 reasons that Gymnema has earnt our gold star.
- Reduces Sugar Cravings:
It makes sugar less fun. One of the key benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre is its ability to suppress the taste of sweetness. It contains active compounds called gymnemic acids that interact with the taste buds on the tongue, temporarily blocking the perception of sweet flavours. This can then help reduce sugar cravings and curb excessive consumption of sugary foods and beverages.
- Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels:
Gymnema Sylvestre may also assist in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that it may enhance insulin production and improve insulin sensitivity, allowing better utilisation of glucose by the body. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes, which often manifests during your 40’s.
- Regulates Carbohydrate Metabolism:
Gymnemic acids found in Gymnema Sylvestre may also influence carbohydrate metabolism. They have been observed to inhibit the absorption of glucose in the intestines, thereby reducing the amount of sugar entering the bloodstream after a meal. This can help prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and promote more stable glycemic control.
- Help for Weight Management:
By reducing sugar cravings and assisting with blood sugar regulation, Gymnema Sylvestre may indirectly support weight management efforts. Those 3pm cravings for Tim Tams can contribute to weight gain and difficulties in maintaining a healthy weight. Gymnema Sylvestre's ability to control sugar cravings can help you make healthier food choices and manage calorie intake more effectively.
5. Traditional Medicinal Use:
Gymnema Sylvestre has a long history of traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine, particularly for its potential benefits in managing diabetes and promoting digestive health. It has been used as a natural remedy to support healthy blood sugar levels, reduce sugar cravings, and aid in various digestive ailments.
Another fun fact: It’s also called gurmar, which is Hindi for “destroyer of sugar”.
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