Friday, April 14, 2017

Natural Herbal Gurmar Powder

Gurmar, also known as gymnema sylvestre, is native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. The herb is a slow-growing, perennial climber with elliptical leaves and small, yellow flowers. The medicinal part of the plant is the leaf, which reduces or eliminates the ability to perceive sweetness. For instance, after eating gurmar, a banana can taste like a bland, overcooked vegetable. This is due to the presence of compounds, known as gymnemic acids, which bind to taste receptors on the tongue.  This effect has been known for centuries – the Hindi name gurmar translates as “destroyer of sugar.” Studies have also found these gymnemic acids exhibit anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory activities.  Ayurveda is the ancient science of healthy living based on nature’s gift of herbs. 

Gurmar consists of two words Gur and Mar. Gur stands for Jaggery and Mar stands for Killing in hindi language. So the herb which kills the sweet taste is known as Gurmar. It is said that when you chew the powder of Gurmar you will lose the sensation of sweet taste. Studies of gurmar are primarily from India. The focus of these studies is on certain compounds found in the herb, called gymnemic acids, which have been shown to decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestines.

Gurmar is a blood sugar balancing herb that slows the absorption of sugars into the blood stream and slows the conversion of sugar to fat. Avoiding sugar is almost impossible, but we can offset its power by understanding what it does and then eating less of it. Sugar, either on food or hidden in food and drink, is metabolized into fat. By regular exercise, we can further interrupt the sugar-to- fat route and burn some of it off.

If people with diabetes have successfully chewed the leaves can help control blood sugar. Several small, placebo-controlled trials indicate that gymnema extracts may indeed lower blood sugar levels. In those with type 1 diabetes, gymnema seems to enhance the action of insulin. In one study, 27 people with type 1 diabetes who took gymnema leaf extracts for several months required less insulin to control their blood sugar levels.

Benefits :
  • Gurmar in sanskrit denotes "Sugar Destroyer". Human and animal studies confirm that Gurmar (Gymnema) helps to maintain sugar levels.
  • It has astringent & hepatic stimulant properties that act on pancreas adrenal glands & digestive glands to maintain normal level of sugar in the blood.
  • Said to have hypoglycemic properties.
  • May support healthy cholesterol levels.
  • May help maintain the metabolic activities of liver, kidney and spleen.
  • Powder of Gurmar may help in weight managment diet plan. You can take this in the form of tea.
  • It may help to suppresses the taste of sweet food and consequently reduce the desire to eat.
  • Paste of Gurmar mixed with castor oil can be applied on glands and also on liver and spleen.
  • It may help purify the blood.
Direction for use :

Powder : Take 3 gms powder, 1 to 2 times a day or as advised by the physician.

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