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Gymnema sylvestre is one of the major botanical herb known for its anti-sweet activity which controls Diabetes, gymnema increases the insulin levels and control healthy blood sugar levels.
The leaves of gurmar are used medicinally, for its unique property to directly mask the tongues ability to taste sweet foods; at the same time suppresses glucose absorption from the intestine. This is the reason it is known in Hindi as gurmar, or "destroyer of sugar".
The principle active ingredient is Gymnemic acid. The other compounds found were Calcium oxalate, anthraquinone compound, Tartaric acid, cellulose, ash, quercitol but no tannin was found in it.
Extracts of Gymnema is not only claimed to curb sweet tooths but also for treatment of as varied problems as hyperglycemia, obesity, high cholesterol levels, anemia and digestion.