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Science-Based Health Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre

Science-Based Health Benefits of Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema also known as Gymnema sylvestre is woody vine native to parts of Asia, Africa and Australia. It’s popular in Ayurvedic medicine and it’s name in Hindi is gurmar which means “sugar destroyer”.

As a supplement an extract is normally prepared from the leaves and it is standardized to contain a certain percentage of saponins called gymnemic acids which are the main active compounds.

Gymnema extract is included in Blood Sugar Support by Beyond Vita®. 

1. Helps Lower Blood Sugar

Gymnemic acid from gymnema is able to promote the release of insulin from beta cells in the pancreas by activating certain pathways the body uses to control the storage of sugar from the blood.1,2,3

Increasing the amount of insulin released results in a decrease in blood sugar. That is why gymnema is a possible treatment for hyperglycemia that’s related to type 2 diabetes.4

Gymnema is also able to protect and even regenerate beta-cells in the pancreas.5

In a study of 22 type 2 diabetics, researchers found gymnema extract was able to significantly lower blood sugar in the participants. In addition, 5 of the 22 diabetic participants were even able to stop the use of their medication and use gymnema extract to maintain a normal blood sugar level. The researchers concluded that gymnema can repair beta cells in the pancreas.6

Two more studies also support the blood sugar lowering effects of Gymnema.7,8

Gymnema may be able to lower blood sugar by increasing the production of insulin.

2. Helps Lower Cholesterol

Gymnema is able to increase the metabolism and elimination of cholesterol from the body.8,9 It has also been shown to help lower total cholesterol.9

Several other studies also support the beneficial effects of gymnema on cholesterol levels.11,12,13,14

Gymnema may help lower cholesterol by increasing the elimination of cholesterol from the body.


Gynema is an important plant that may help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.*

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