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Friday, June 22, 2012

Gymnema Sylvestre

  • Gymnema sylvestre is an herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India. Chewing the leaves suppresses the sensation of sweet. 
  • This effect is attributed to the presence of the eponymously named gymnemic acids. G. sylvestre has been used in traditional medicine as a treatment for diabetes for nearly two millennia, but there is insufficient scientific evidence to draw definitive conclusions about its efficacy.
  • Common names include miracle fruit, gymnema, cowplant, Australian cowplant, gurmari, gurmarbooti, gurmar, periploca of the woods, and meshasringa.

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