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Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) is an herb that grows on a vine in the tropical regions of Africa, India, and Australia. The leaves have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for diabetes, inflammation, lung conditions, wounds, and more. It has recently gained attention for its benefits regarding cholesterol, fat, and, most notably, blood sugar.

Gymnema helps to reduce sugar cravings by suppressing sweet taste mechanisms without affecting satisfaction from other foods. It’s often referred to as “the sugar destroyer” for this reason. This sweet-suppressing property can be helpful for maintaining a healthy diet as it has been shown to reduce sugar intake. In a 2017 study, participants using gymnemic acid lozenges had “a 44% overall reduction in total candy intake” compared to those on a placebo.

A bottle of The Wellness Way's liquid herbal supplement, Gymnema next to a list of benefits on the right and a green vine on the left


Gymnema leaves contain important sugar-regulating constituents like gymnemic acids, gymnemosides, and gurmarin. The gymnemic acid constituent not only suppresses sugar cravings but also attaches to sugar receptors so that the amount of sugar absorbed in the intestines is greatly decreased.

Gymnema has been shown in scientific studies to:

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Gymnema tincture bottleThe human body is like a finely tuned Swiss watch, with each gear (organ system) affecting all the others. For more information or to get tested, contact a Wellness Way clinic. We’ll help you understand how your body is currently functioning and the best ways to support it!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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