There was a time when it seemed only Westerners were obsessed in losing weight and fitting into that perfect beach body form. Well, times have changed. Today, everyone in the world, both Westerners and Easterners, have become weight conscious. Diet for weight reduction is not anymore an “in” thing but more of a normal lifestyle for millions of people around the world. Millions of dollars are being spent on the latest weight-loss technology, weight-loss programs, and weight-loss supplements. Gymnema sylvestre for weight loss is one of the lesser known supplements, nowadays, but this herb is full of promise, if only more people knew about it.
Gymnema sylvestre grows wild in the lush thickets and tropical forests of central and southern India. Although this oddly-named herb is not so popular in the West, it is one of the most important medicines in ancient India and until today. Also named “periploca of the woods” and cowplant, gymnema sylvestre is also referred to as “ram’s horn” because its fruit looks like the horn of a ram, only smaller and colored green. Its leaves are small and oblate, while its many branches are long and slender. The plant’s two other nicknames give away the true significance of this herb. It is called “miracle fruit” and “sugar destroyer”.
Although the medicinal parts of gymnema are its leaves and roots, not the fruit, gymnema is easily considered a “miracle fruit” because it was found to have a number of therapeutic and medicinal uses. Ancient Indian medicine-men used it as an expectorant, laxative, cardio-tonic, stomachic, stimulant, diuretic, and tonic, and was believed to treat insect bites, snake bites, cough, jaundice, bronchitis, asthma, and liver problems.
However, it is the second nickname that makes it obvious why people use gymnema sylvestre for obesity control. The herb is a “sugar destroyer” because it contains anti-sweet chemicals known as glycosides or gymnemic acids. This is why this herb is the leading anti-diabetes medicine of the ancient people of India. Gymnemic acids reduce sugar cravings, and as they do, not only do they help maintain blood sugar levels, they also help the user avoid eating fattening sugars. Regularly taking gymnema sylvestre promotes sugar weight loss.
Many have already tried it but this Indian herb is still a relative unknown in the dieters’ world. Although gymnema sylvestre tablets and capsules are now available at health stores and online retailers, most weight watchers have not heard of gymnema sylvestre not only because its name doesn’t sound like a plant, but also because it is still quite new in the weight-loss market. There is not much research yet on its ability to help cut down weight. As more people learn of this herbal supplement, they could at first be disappointed because it does not offer the same effects as promised by other herbal supplements. It neither suppresses appetite nor burns fat. Its contribution to the dieter may seem insignificant at first – reducing a craving for sweets, but in the long run, the rewards would be significant. After all, a great deal of weight gain is actually due to sugar.