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Gymnema

Description

In this combination, Gymnema leaf standardized to 75% gymnemic acids is combined with certified organic whole Gymnema leaf.  This provides a balanced formulation including hundreds of synergistic compounds from within the whole leaf.

Key Benefits

  • Traditionally known as the "Destroyer of Sugar"*

Product Features

Ingredients:  Gymnema leaf extract (Gymnema sylvestre) (standardized to 75% gymnemic acids), Organic Gymnema leaf (Gymnema sylvestre)

Other Ingredients: None

100% NON-GMO VEGETARIAN CAPSULE: Pullulan (complex carbohydrate)

Why do some labels have potassium chloride on them?

OWH Gymnema 60ct

Suggested Use

As an herbal supplement, take one capsule daily immediately before your main meal.

Background and Use

Gymnema is a woody climbing plant that grows in the tropical forests of central and southern India. The leaves are used in herbal medicine preparations. The leaves, when chewed, interfere with the ability to taste sweetness, which explains the Hindi name gurmar - "Destroyer of Sugar." The gymnemic acids found in this herb slows the release of glucose into the blood by reducing the absorption of glucose, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels that are within a normal range.

Most studies have associated a saponin fraction containing a mixture of "gymnemic acids" with the activity of this plant. We have calculated the suggested dose based on a target dose of a minimum of 110mg of gymnemic acids.  The Gymnema extracts used in the studies of sugar metabolism contained between 100-200mg gymnemic acids daily (derived from 400-800mg daily dose of a standardized extract which is standardized to only 25% gymnemic acid).   This product contains about 110mg of gymnemic acid derived from the 75% gymnemic acid standardized extract, but also provides the whole leaf to supply the additional gymnemic acids.  However, as other components may also play a role in the plant's activity, we have included the whole dried leaves to complete this balanced formula.

What is the value of adding standardized extracts to herbal formulas?

We believe that the combination of both the standardized extract and the whole herb creates a more balanced formulation that combines the best of both traditional herbal knowledge and modern scientific research. We add the standardized extract only when we are assured of efficacy and safety of that specific extract. Each herb is assessed on an individual basis to investigate these two important factors:

  • Efficacy: Most of the current scientific studies on herbal medicines have been done using standardized extracts. There are some standardized extracts for which clinical evidence is not compelling (perhaps because the wrong marker constituent has been chosen). Conversely, there are herbs, such as ginkgo, in which the research results for the standardized extract is impressive. In these cases we have added the extract in our product.
  • Safety and Quality: Since the process of extracting an herb concentrates a certain constituent and reduces the other potentially synergistic constituents, the herb is transformed from an herb to a phytochemical. This results in a supplement which is very different from the traditional herbs that the human body has co-existed with over the millennia. Many herbalists believe that the loss of the synergistic constituents may compromise the safety and quality of the herb. Indeed, many standardized extracts do not have the same shelf life as their whole herb counterparts. We share this concern at Oregon's Wild Harvest and have selected only the standardized extracts that we can be assured are safe and stable as well as efficacious.

It is our mission to study whole herbs scientifically and compare them to standardized extracts. We are conducting studies in local academic and clinical institutions using our whole herb products.

Precautions

Gymnema is generally safe, but should be used only under clinical supervision by diabetics, in order to avoid hypoglycemia. Not recommended for use during pregnancy or while nursing, until further research verifies no contraindications. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use if unusual symptoms occur. Do not exceed recommended dose unless under the guidance of a health care professional.

Please visit our Prescription Drugs and Medications Index for a listing of all contraindicated Blood Sugar/Hypoglycemic Agents

FDA Disclaimer
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The Contraindications and Potential Drug Interactions information provided on this website is not intended to be all-inclusive. A health care professional should be consulted regarding the use of herbal products. Always keep your Doctor or other healthcare professional informed about the herbal and other dietary supplement products that you are taking.
Gymnema
from $19.45
  • Size & Price
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  • 60 ct. (0403-60) - $19.45