Gymnema(Gymnema sylvestre)

Improves Insulin Production

Gymnema has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels and regenerate pancreatic cells that produce insulin. This is an incredibly important herb for diabetes, both type I and II.

Gymnema enhances insulin action, reduces fasting blood sugar levels (only in diabetics) and may stimulate islet cell regeneration. Gymnema is indicated in:

  • Type I, I.5 & II diabetes
  • Weight loss programs
  • Insulin resistance

Suggested dose: 2 caps (1,000+mg), 2-3 times per day between meals.


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