In Hindi, Gymnema means “sugar-destroyer”. This potent botanical has long been acknowledged in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for its ability in reducing health problems(1) particularly diabetes. Gymnema helps balance blood sugar levels, reduce glucose absorption and fight sugar cravings(2).
Bitter melon, which is also known as bitter gourd is used in herbal medicines and is commonly found in Asian dishes. It offers many health benefits such as; managing blood sugar, reducing cholesterol and enhancing digestion, among others(3).
Green Tea is no stranger to the health fraternity, having long been known for its numerous health benefits, high antioxidant content and wellness effects(4). Green tea is excellent in helping to reduce the risk of developing diabetes(5).
Also known as sweet leaf for its sweet-tasting leaves, Stevia Leaf is commonly used as a non-calorie sweetener by the health conscious. Studies have shown that Stevia helps balance blood sugar(6) and manage cholesterol levels(7).
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(2) Kanetkar P, Singhal R and Kamat M. Gymnema Sylvestre: A Memoir. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2007 Sep; 41(2):77-81. Doi: 10.3164/jcbn.2007010.
(3) Grover JK, Yadav SP. Pharmacological actions and potential uses of Momordica Charantia: a review. J Ethnopharmacology Vol 93, Issue 1. 2004 Jul: 123-132. Doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2004.03.035.
(4) Henning SM, Niu Y, Liu Y, Lee NH, Hara Y, Thames GD, Minutti RR, Carpenter CL, Wang H, Heber D. Bioavailability and antioxidant effect of epigallocatechin gallate administered in purified form versus green tea extract in healthy individusls. J Nutr Biochem. 2005 Oct; 16(10):610-616. Doi: 10.1016/j.nutbio.2005.03.003.
(5) Kim HM and Kim J. The Effects of Green Tea on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Metab J. 2013 Jun; 37(3): 173-175. Doi: 10.4093/dmj.2013.37.3.173.
(6) Anton SD, Martin CK, Han HM, Coulon S, Cefalu WT, Geiselman P and Williamson DA. Effects of stevia, aspartame and sucrose on food intake, satiety and postprandial glucose and insulin levels. Appetite. 2010 Aug; 55(1): 37-43. Doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.03.009.
(7) Sharma N, Mogra R and Upadhyay B. Effect of Stevia Extract Intervention on Lipid Profile. Etho-Med, 3(2): 137-140 (2009).