Top 6 Gymnema Benefits for Weight Loss


Gurmar teaScience, medicine and politics are all failing to come to grips with the ever rising number of people with metabolic syndrome in America and around the world.

Using the herb gymnema sylvestre may help as a natural treatment for elevated blood glucose, though it’s important to discuss this with your doctor first.

Taking gymnema regularly, with its active ingredient gymnemic acid, could assist in preventing those at risk from developing metabolic syndrome as well.

This herb is also an effective way to control sugar cravings, block glucose absorption and help you lose weight by having less simple carbohydrate calories in your diet.

How Gymnema Blocks Sugar

Gymnema sylvestre is a woody vine native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia that has being used medicinally for thousands of years in India.

It’s Hindi or Ayurvedic name Gurmar means ‘destroyer of sugar’ and it has beneficial properties for moderating elevated blood glucose that can lead to metabolic syndrome.

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One of the primary active ingredients in it is gymnemic acid. This unique compound is very similar structurally to glucose, but does not act like it within your body.

Instead, when consumed before ingesting sugary foods or drink, gymnemic acid molecules block the receptor locations for sugar on your taste buds. This stops sugar activating these receptors and can greatly curb sugar cravings.

Gymnemic acid can also block glucose absorption in the intestine, resulting in lower levels after a meal. This effect helps weight loss as simple sugars in the diet, not fats, are the primary cause of weight gain.

Though if you’re lacking important nutritional elements your body will stimulate hunger to get them regardless.

That’s why taking powdered superfoods, like this great tasting Green Juice I mix into my morning smoothies, works so well for weight loss.

5 More Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre

Aside from its potential as a blood sugar regulator, gymnema tea and capsules have been shown to be beneficial for several other conditions:

  1. Improves cholesterol and reduces triglycerides in your blood. This study found taking gymnema sylvestre ‘improved serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels through influence over a wide range of lipid metabolism’.
  2. Treats obesity and an effective aid in a weight loss program. By blocking sugar absorption and decreasing appetite, a daily dose in either capsule or as gymnema tea, has been shown to assist in losing weight.
  3. Reduces inflammation. Research found the active ingredients in gymnema elevated beneficial liver enzymes and the body’s natural antioxidants to combat inflammatory free radicals.
  4. May help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and gout. The herb is a traditional treatment for these joint problems and many patients report success with taking it as a preventative before their their arthritis usually flares up.
  5. A mild diuretic and may help with water retention. This is yet another way gymnema sylvestre can help with weight loss.Gurmar uses and benefits

Dosage and Best Time to Take

Research on gymnema has generally been done with 500 mg capsules standardized to contain at least 25% gymnemic acid. However more potent versions like these are now available which are much stronger at 75% gymnemic acid.

They should be taken 5 to 10 minutes before a meal high in carbohydrates or sugary snack with a large glass of water up to 3 times a day.

Another good option is to use a combination gymnemic acid supplement like these highly rated Glucose Optimizer capsules, which also contain resveratrol, chromium, banaba and bitter melon extract.

Supplements or Tea?

While supplements do provide a standardized dose, many people like myself prefer natural products to get the full range of compounds in the herbal treatment.

Gymnema tea is the more traditional way use this herbal remedy for weight loss and lower blood glucose.

It makes sense that by drinking it as a tea you’d give it a chance to block the sugar receptors on your tongue directly (some resources recommend sucking on tablets for a short time before swallowing them for a similar effect).

Loose leaf dried gymnema sylvestre is available and is much better value in bulk, like this organic tea I use.

How to Make Gymnema Tea

  1. To make up the tea simply add a heaped teaspoon to a French press or tea strainer in a large cup.
  2. Other tea can also be added, like green tea which has its own beneficial properties for weight loss.
  3. Pour in boiling water, cover and let the herb strain for at least 5 minutes, preferably 10 minutes for best results.
  4. When cool enough to drink, sip slowly without milk, sugar, honey or sweeteners of any kind.

Best Timing

It’s recommended to have a cup of gymnema tea around 5 minutes before any meal that has a lot of simple carbohydrates, like bread, pasta or rice.

It’s especially helpful to drink right before you eat anything high in refined sugar, like pastries, confectionery, ice-cream or other desserts.

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It’s not necessary to drink the tea before a meal that’s based on vegetables and healthy protein as eating this way naturally keeps your blood sugar in check and is beneficial for losing weight.

You can make gymnema sylvestre tea up to 3 times a day if you like, but keep in mind it’s not a free pass to have more fattening sugary foods.

This natural remedy is much more effective as an additional aid combined with other effective weight loss strategies. It will definitely help with the occasional ‘cheat meal’ though.

Potential Side Effects

  • While there are no commonly listed side effects of gymnema sylvestre, it has been reported to sometimes work too well at lowering blood glucose. It’s important to keep within the suggested doses, whether you’re using the supplements or the tea.
  • People currently being treated for blood sugar conditions should consult a doctor before using gymnema sylvestre. Also avoid taking it near prescriptions. It may be that it reduces your need for such treatments, but this should be closely monitored by your physician.
  • Gymnema sylvestre capsules or tea are also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and those on antidepressant medication.
  • Additionally it shouldn’t be taken at the same time as aspirin or the herb St. John’s wort as they may increase its effects.

Have you tried gymnema sylvestre for weight loss before or used it to control sugar cravings? I’d appreciate hearing your experiences with this potent herbal treatment.


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Alan Santana

This is a great article. I love the natural approach to everything and with the huge diabetes crisis this is something to definitely try. I will recommend to it to as many as possible with diabetes, as a supplement to see if it works for them.

Jim Dillan

Thanks for the positive comments Alan. The studies show that Gymnema Sylvestre has potential for diabetes. Whether it would ever be used by mainstream medicine given it can’t be patented as a natural product is unfortunately another question.

All the best.

Ade

A very informative. Do you drink gymnema tea before every main meal or just once a day before your biggest meal of the day? I am predisposed to diabetes and like the natural way of controlling blood sugar level. I am unable to find information for daily dosage or frequency of tea. I have found a mention that use of tea should not be longer than 8 months. Could you share how you use the tea, please. Thank you.

Jim Dillan

Hi Ade,

Generally you’d have gymnema tea before any big carbohydrate meals like a bowl of pasta or sugary sweets to slow down the blood sugar rise. There would be no need before protein and vegetable meals or healthy salads like this https://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-make-healthier-salads-in-4-simple-steps which would be much healthier meals for people dealing with diabetes.

I see no reason for an 8 month timeframe but it can be good to cycle natural remedies like this with a week off every month or so.

All the best,

Jim

vickie

I have the box in front of me. I am very interested/excited to see what happens…I am a type 2 diabetic.and any way I can decrease my insulin injections would be an awesome benefit!! We’ll see, thank you for an very informative article! Sincerely, Vickie

Jim Dillan

Hi Vickie and thanks for your positive comments. I really hope Gymnema goes well for you. Ceylon cinnamon is another herb that can help moderate blood sugar too.

All the best,

Jim

Lavina Bright

I read that you should never you the raw gymnema powder, after I had already used it. I was wondering if it would be better to make tea out if the powder,or do I need to try to make it a tincture?

Jim Dillan

Hi Lavina,

I recommend this tea https://superfoodprofiles.com/go/organic-gymnema-sylvestre-tea and use it as any other herbal tea. Often people have it with green tea. It seems to be more popular than tinctures.

All the best,

Jim

Nina Abbey

Hi, I’m really trying to implement gymnema to my diet, but I don’t like how it taste that in tea, so I thought about adding it to a green smoothie, do you recommend I could do that?

Jim Dillan

Hi Nina,

Adding gymnema to a smoothie is a great idea. I’d use it with some matcha tea in a recipe like this https://superfoodprofiles.com/high-energy-breakfast-smoothie

Ideally swap the banana for berries or a low sugar fruit if you’re focused on losing weight. Coconut milk diluted with water will also be the best base for a weight loss smoothie.

All the best,

Jim

Taj

I recently tried gymnema. I am fanatical when it comes to keeping my blood sugar low. My mom had alzheimer’s and I feel there is a link between diabetes/blood sugar disregulation. I tracked my results and it appears it knocks my glucose down about ten points. I take it before I have a heavier carb meal. I follow the FAST 5 way of life and have been doing that for years. I am not a scientist or Dr. but from my results I would say it gymnema works.

Jim Dillan

Hi Taj and thanks for writing in about this. It’s great to here gymnema is working so well and hopefully your results will inspire other people to give it a try.

All the best,

Jim

Cheryl G

I saw and heard on a tv program about sensitive insulin. So I searched to find the herbs for that. What I found was 5 herbs. I tried all, as most were in my kitchen cabinet,but the one that worked was gymnema sylvestre. I saw an astonishing change in my eating habits and a drop in my weight. All of those weight loss pills, shakes, anf such were taking my money with no results. Now that I am taking gymnema I don’t crave sweets or chips. I have strong urgency to eat REAL food. My hunger is not driven to snack just to wait until I can eat something great a d healthy. Thank you for the opportunity to share.

Jim Dillan

Hi Cheryl and thank you for sharing how well gymnema sylvestre helped with carbohydrate cravings. I hope it inspires other people to give gymnema a try.

All the best,

Jim

MULBERRIE

I AM A “GENETIC DIABETIC”. TYPE 2. 3 DIABETIC DEATHS IN FAMILY, LIVING IN HUNGARY WHEN FOOD WAS WHAT WAS PICKED IN GARDEN OR KILLED, ALTHOUGH THEY DID GET FLOUR AND SUGAR AND BAKED. I TAKE 80 UNITS INSULIN PER DAY. THE ONLY THING OVERWEIGHT ON ME IS MY TUMMY. I RECENTLY DISCOVERED FENUGREEK, AND IT IS HELPING TREMENDOUSLY. MY ENDOCRINOLOGIST IS VERY DOUBTFUL. I AM GOING TO GET THE GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE, MAYBE BETWEEN THE 2, WE’LL SEE! I AM ALREADY A HEALTHY EATER. I BUY ALL MY OWN FOOD AND COOK IT. NO CANS PACKAGES OR PRODUCTS PROCESSED. VEGIES MEATS A LITTLE FRUIT. NO GRAINS NO FLOURS. AND N O S U G A R!!! ALAS, ALAS. I WANT SO BADLY TO REDUCE MY WAISTLINE. THANKS, MULBERRIE

Jim Dillan

Hi Mulberrie,

I hope gymnema can be helpful for you. I’ve also read good things about supplemental cinnamon for controlling blood sugar.

It sounds like you’re on the right track. One area to investigate that most people don’t realise can have a big impact is the make up of your intestinal bacteria.

All the best in your healing,

Jim

Nina Abbey

Hi Ronald, Would you mind to tell me where did you get the seeds? I’m from Costa Rica, and Gymnema is a very rare and difficult to buy here.

Constanze

I was prediabetic and a complete slave to my sugar cravings. I did cleanses and followed a Whole Foods diet, but my willpower eventually ran out and the cycle of a little bite snowballing into major sweets overkill started all over again. Now, I’m taking gymnema either before I eat sweets when I feel strong enough or right after I gave in. I have it in powder form as a double shot with warm water, swish it in my mouth as long as I can before swallowing. The compromise of having it right after indulging is especially satisfying since I get to enjoy the taste of sweets but don’t feel that my blood sugar gets affected. I don’t beat myself up about it. No harm done. This is the only thing that works for me after years of searching!

Jim Dillan

Hi Nina,

Iherb have gymnema and cheap international delivery https://superfoodprofiles.com/go/iherb-special

All the best,

Jim

Jim Dillan

Hi Constanze,

Glad to hear gymnema is working so well for you and I think your method of taking it is a good one. Hopefully other people with sugar cravings will try it like this.

All the best,

Jim

Patsy

I just bought some Gymnema tea bags and had my first cup today. How often do I need to have a cup in order to possibly help lower my blood sugar numbers?

Jim Dillan

Hi Patsy,

It’s best to have a cup of Gymnema tea before any meal that has a lot of simple carbohydrates like bread or rice. Especially when you eat anything high in sugar, like pastries, confectionary or desserts.

It’s not necessary to drink the tea before a meal that’s based on vegetables and healthy protein as eating this way naturally keeps your blood sugar in check and is beneficial for losing weight.

You can make up a Gymnema Sylvestre tea up to 3 times a day if you like, but keep in mind it’s not a free pass to have more fattening sugary foods. Gymnema is much more effective as an additional aid to a sensible eating plan. Though it will definitely help with the occasional ‘cheat meal’.

Hope this helps,

Jim

shamim

i am living in canada i dont know where to get this seed and i am loosing lot weight may be that will loose more weight, what you say.and i am taking low dose aspren it is ok for that i am 80 years, i have type two dai. this artecal was very informative thank you for that.

Pat ward

Does it help with renal function

Chukwu Ngozi

I have type 2 I need g y mnema sylvestre, how do I get it please help.

Jim Dillan

Hi Chukwu,

If you are not in the USA for Amazon I’d suggest iherb with cheap international delivery https://www.iherb.com/specials/?rcode=DIL799

All the best,

Jim

Jim Dillan

Hi Pat,

Some studies show gymnema having a protective effect on the kidneys though the evidence isn’t as strong as for it’s blood sugar controlling effects.

All the best,

Jim

Jim Dillan

Hi Emma,

It sounds like you are doing well but I would replace the high sugar banana with mixed berries (frozen are fine) as they have less sugar and more nutrients.

Gymnema should be taken before any meal with significant carbohydrates as described here https://superfoodprofiles.com/gymnema-sylvestre-diabetes-blood-sugar-control

Meals primarily made from healthy protein, good fats like avocado/olive oil etc and especially mixed vegetables instead of processed grain foods will provide the healthiest weight loss and is much easier to maintain long term.

All the best,

Jim

Jim Dillan

Hi Shamim,

The article https://superfoodprofiles.com/gymnema-sylvestre-diabetes-blood-sugar-control should redirect you to Amazon Canada on the blue links to the product.

All the best,

Jim

Caleb Mbori

Hi,thanks for your informative article. How can one get this product in Kenya or what’s the best approach of acquiring this drug. Blessings

Jim Dillan

Hi Caleb,

Iherb would be the best option for a Kenya delivery https://superfoodprofiles.com/go/iherb-special

All the best,

Jim

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