Common Indian Herb May Benefit Blood Sugar
Gymena Sylvestre (GS) has been used in India as a traditional folk remedy for centuries. Now, a small study conducted by researchers at Calcutta University has found that Gymnena Sylvestre may help blood sugar levels.
The findings of the study were published in the July 2010 issue of the journal Phytotherapy Research.
The study included seven women and four men from West Bengal, India. The participants had an average age of 50 and average weight of 140 pounds. All of them had been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
All of the participants were given 500 mg of the GS extract for 60 days. Blood samples were taken at the beginning and end of the trial. There was no control group.
At the end of the study, the researchers observed a significant reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and post-meal blood glucose levels among 10 of the 11 participants. The participants also had increased levels of insulin and C-peptide.
This was a small study and further trials with larger populations will be undertaken to verify these findings.
Other potential benefits of the plant include anti-bacterial properties, lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system.