Diabetes, Weight Loss, Carbohydrate Metaboliser
Invaluable for diabetics
The key component of Meshashringi (Gymnema/Gymnema sylvestre) leaves
is gymnemic acid, which decreases the effect of sucrose when chewed, thus
reducing the craving for sweet foods. Research shows that Meshashringi has
a similar effect internally, by supporting the normal function of the specialized
beta cells of the pancreas which secrete insulin and normalize blood sugar
levels. The name Meshashringi means ‘sugar destroyer’ in Hindi, and it has
been used in India since the sixth century BC to support normal blood sugar
levels in the body.
In published research from 2004, scholars at the Georgetown University
Medical Center, Washington DC, showed the herb to be supportive of normal
body weight and normal blood lipid levels. King's College, London, published
study results in 2005 showing that the gymnemic acid in Meshashringi was
also supportive of normal insulin levels in the body.
The straggler with branches hanging over from the crowns of the tree, is
native to the tropical forests of Central and South India.
The major bioactive constituents of Meshashringi are a group of oleanane-type
triterpenoid saponins known as gymnemic acids. The individual gymnemic acids
include gymnemic acids I-VII, gymnemosides A-F and gymnemasaponins. Other
plant constituents include flavones, anthraquinones, hentri-acontane,
pentatriacontane, α-and β- chlorophylls, phytin, resins, d-quercitol, tartaric
acid, formic acid, butyric acid, lupeol, β-amyrin-related glycosides and
stigmasterol. The active constituents combine to render the herb its therapeutic
Diabetes: The principle constituent of Meshashringi is gymnemic acid, which
has antidiabetic properties. It reduces excessive blood sugar. It also has a
regenerative effect on pancreatic beta cells and is insulinotropic, which means
that it stimulates the production and activity of insulin. Meshashringi helps
decrease sugar cravings. It temporarily abolishes the taste for sugar and helps
neutralize the excessive sugar present in the body in diabetes mellitus.
Meshashringi increases the activity of enzymes responsible for glucose absorption
Weight loss: Obesity is the result of a faulty metabolism, which leads to excess
accumulation of fat. Gymnemic acid prevents the binding of carbohydrates to
the intestine receptors so that the glucose absorption by the intestines is
inhibited and ‘empty calories’ are not stored.
One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician
Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Meshashringi.
Note: Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below
14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are
recommended for children ages 14 and above.
The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional
medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your problem
without consulting your doctor.