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Gymnema Sylvestre and Diabetes

Gymnema sylvestre is a type of climbing shrub that is woody in nature and is found primarily in Africa.  It is the leaves of this shrub that are used to make medicine designed to counteract the effects of diabetes.  This is a type of herbal supplement commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, popular in India, where it has been used for centuries.  The Hindi name for Gymnema sylvestre is gurmar, which stands for “destroyer of sugar”.

In today’s time, Gymnema sylvestre is used in the management of metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, cough, and weight loss.  In Africa, it is used to treat malaria and as an antidote for snake bites.  Some Ayurvedic doctors use Gymnema sylvestre as a laxative, a diuretic, an appetite suppressant, and as a stimulant for the digestive tract.

Needless to say, Gymnema sylvestre is not in common use for the treatment of diabetes in Western medical circles.  Much of what we know about the leaves and the extracts made from the leaves of the shrub can be found in research studies that have been done on both animals with diabetes and, in some cases, humans with diabetes.

No one knows the whole function of Gymnema sylvestre in the management of diabetes but, according to the latest research, it is believed to contain chemicals that decrease the amount of glucose that is absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestines.  It is also believed to stimulate the secretion of insulin in the pancreas by regenerating the Islets of Langerhans cells, which are the cells in the pancreas that make insulin for the body.

Research on Gymnema Sylvestre

There have been several research studies on the use of Gymnema sylvestre in the management of high blood sugar and diabetes in humans and rats.  The outcome of these studies is demonstrated here:

One study looked at the effectiveness of GS4, which is an extract from the Gymnema sylvestre leaves, in the management of hyperglycemia. The study was a small one, looking at only 22 patients with type 2 diabetes who were also taking regular oral medications to control their diabetes.  GS4 was given at 400 milligrams per day to each of the study’s participants for 18 to 20 months.  Each participant was on both the supplement and their conventional Western medical treatment for diabetes.  During the supplementation of GS4 in these participants, it was discovered that the fasting blood glucose levels, the hemoglobin A1c levels, and the glycosylated plasma protein levels all decreased after Gymnema sylvestre was added to their diabetic regimen.  The supplement was so successful that 5 of the participants of the study were able to stop taking their conventional drug treatment for diabetes and were able to maintain normal levels of glucose and normal hemoglobin A1c levels even after their conventional treatments were discontinued. The researchers determined that the beta cells of the pancreas may have been repaired or regenerated in those participants who took GS4 as a supplement for their diabetes mellitus.  The insulin levels were found to increase in those patients who took the GS4 supplement.

A study was performed on the water soluble extracts from the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre, which were labeled GS3 and GS4. The extracts were tested on rats treated with streptozotocin who subsequently developed diabetes.  The researchers looked for the effect of the extracts on the blood sugar levels and the pancreatic tissues in rats who took the supplements as part of their daily diet. In the rats, who all had diabetes from streptozotocin, had abnormal blood glucose levels before the study and had fasting blood sugar levels return to normal after being given 60 days of GS3 and after being given 20 days of GS4 by mouth.  Blood from the rats was collected to check the levels of insulin in the blood as well as to perform an oral glucose tolerance test on the rats.  In the diabetic rats, both GS3 and GS4 were found to increase the number of islet cells and beta cells in the rats.  These are the cells that make insulin for the body.  The conclusion of the researchers was that Gymnema sylvestre was able to cause normalization of blood glucose levels because the extract increased the pancreatic beta cell production so that more insulin was available in these diabetic rats.

In another study, GS4, which is a water soluble extract from the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre, was given to 27 participants who had insulin-dependent diabetes medication and who were also on insulin treatments for their diabetes. Each participant took 400 milligrams per day of the extract along with their insulin.  After taking the GS4 extract, the participants needed less insulin to control their diabetes and had reductions in both the fasting blood sugar and the glycosylated hemoglobin levels (hemoglobin A1c).  In addition, those participants who had increased blood cholesterol levels had a normalization of their levels after taking the Gymnema sylvestre extract.  Those patients were followed for 10-12 months after being given the extract and it was felt that the reason behind the normalization of blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c levels was due to a regeneration of the beta cells in the pancreas of participants with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

In another study, 22 people who were taking medications for their type 2 diabetes also took GS4, which is an extract from the leaves of the Gymnema sylvestre leaves. Each participant took 400 milligrams of the extract per day.  At the end of the study, those who took the supplement had significant decreases in the fasting blood sugar level, the hemoglobin A1c level, and the glycosylated plasma protein levels. The study lasted for about 18 months and it was felt again that the reduction in blood sugar levels was directly related to regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas of type 2 diabetic patients.

In short, it can be said that Gymnema sylvestre extract has the possibility to normalize blood sugar levels and decrease the hemoglobin A1c levels by one of two mechanisms.  Either the extracts caused a reduction in the amount of glucose absorbed by the intestinal tract or it helped to regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas of both type 1 diabetics and type 2 diabetics.

This has implications for the modern medical treatment for diabetes mellitus.  If the glucose reduction and hemoglobin A1c levels decrease in larger studies of diabetic patients, it is possible that more doctors in the Western world will recommend that their diabetic patients take extracts of Gymnema sylvestre as part of their diabetic health care along with or instead of taking conventional medical treatments for their disease.

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Javita Unveils New Coffee Diet System

 

Remember K.I.S.S.— Keep It Simple…

The reason most diets fail is because they place unrealistic expectations on you—cutting your caloric intake, and juggling pills, shakes, powders and drinks (not to mention pre-packaged and pricey meals and snacks).

At Javita, we’re big fans of keeping things simple—which is why we’ve developed the 3-Step Javita Coffee Diet System to help you jump-start your efforts towards successful weight loss.

Step 1: BURN FAT (with Burn + Control).

We know you love your coffee, which is why we’ve developed a formula that has everything you crave (bold delicious flavors) and nothing you don’t (empty calories, fats and artificial flavors). Better still, we’ve infused three herbs proven to help you reach your weight loss goal.

Drink two cups of burn + control every morning to help increase your body’s natural fat-burning processes and help control your appetite.*

Burn + Control helps:

  • Support healthy weight management.*
  • Helps with appetite control.*
  • Helps stimulate fat burning.*
  • Promote efficient use of carbohydrates.*

Step 2: FILL UP WITH FIBER (with ActiveBlendz Fiber+).

A delicious, superior matrix of fibers will leave your belly full and satisfied—minimizing your appetite, helping your portion control and curbing your afternoon and late evening cravings.

Mix up a Fiber+ before each of your largest two meals to not only give you a feeling of fullness from adding fiber to your diet, but also to help support your overall cardiovascular health.*

ActiveBlendz Fiber+ helps:

  • Helps control your appetite by making you feel full.*
  • Promotes good digestive health.*
  • Helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.*
  • Helps minimize absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol.*
  • Helps maintain HDL (good) cholesterol.*
  • Promotes healthy blood sugar levels.*

Step 3: CLEANSE (with Herbal Cleanse Tea).

Prime your system for a gentle cleanse while you sleep and you’ll awake refreshed and renewed, ready to flush away some of the obstacles in reaching your weight loss goals.

Make a cup of Herbal Cleanse Tea in the evenings (three times a week) to help your body remove the build-up and aid in absorbing the beneficial nutrients from your healthy diet.

Herbal Cleanse Tea helps:

  • Helps support weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.*
  • Helps cleanse your digestive tract.*
  • Promotes regularity and a healthy digestive system.*
  • Supports daily health and wellness.*

WAIT!! Don’t stop there. Use these three tips to KEEP the weight off.

>>> EAT HEALTHY.

A healthy diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer) and promote good overall health. Smart food choices, as well as proper caloric intake, can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight and protect you from these health problems.

>>> DRINK MORE WATER!

Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight. Because water is an appetite suppressant, drinking it 30 minutes before meals can make you feel fuller and therefore reduce your food intake.

>>> GET ACTIVE.

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Everyone can benefit by getting active—from promoting overall health, improving sleep to preventing chronic disease. It is recommended that adults get active for just 30 minutes a day, five days a week. You can walk, bike, run or join a gym—there are plenty of ways to add physical activity to your daily routine.

Make 2016 your best year yet when you place your order now for Javita’s Coffee Diet System.


Javita Revela su Nuevo Sistema de Dieta de Café

Recuerda K.I.S.S.- Keep it Simple…Mantenlo Sencillo…

La razón por la cual la mayoría de las dietas fallan es porque esperan resultados irreales de tu parte-cortando la ingesta de calorías, y recomendando tomar píldoras, batidos, polvos y bebidas (sin mencionar los costosos paquetes pre-empacados de comidas y meriendas).

En Javita somos fanáticos de mantener las cosas sencillas-por lo que hemos desarrollado el Sistema Javita de Dieta de Café, en 3 Pasos, para apoyarte en acelerar el inicio de tus esfuerzos exitosos por perder peso.

Paso 1: QUEMAR GRASA (con Burn + Control)

Sabemos que adora su café, por lo que hemos desarrollado la formula que tiene todo lo que se le antoja (deliciosos sabores) y nada que no desee (calorías sin sentido, grasa y sabores artificiales). Aun mejor, le hemos adicionado tres hierbas probadas en su función de  apoyar a que logre sus objetivos de pérdida de peso.

Beba dos tasas de Burn + Control cada mañana para acelerar los procesos naturales de quema de grasa de su cuerpo y para apoyar a controlar su apetito.*

Burn + Control apoya:

  • Apoya el manejo natural de su peso.*
  • Apoya con el control del apetito.*
  • Apoya la estimulación de quema de grasa.*
  • Promueve el eficiente uso de los carbohidratos.*

Paso 2: LLENESE CON FIBRA (con ActiveBlendz Fiber+).

Una deliciosa y superior matriz de fibra hará que sienta su estomago lleno y satisfecho, minimizando su apetito, apoyándole a controlar sus porciones y a frenar sus antojos de media tarde y noche.

Mezcle y beba una Fibra+ antes de cada una de sus dos comidas principales diarias, no solo para darle la sensación de llenura al añadir fibra a su dieta, pero también al apoyar su salud cardiovascular.*

ActiveBlendz Fiber+ apoya:

  • Apoya a controlar su apetito al hacerle sentir lleno.*
  • Promueve la sana digestion.*
  • Ayuda a prevenir enfermedades cardiovasculares.*
  • Apoya a disminuir la absorción de colesterol LDL (malo).*
  • Apoya a mantener el colesterol HDL (bueno).*
  • Promueve los niveles naturales y adecuados de azúcar.*

Paso 3: LAXARSE (con Herbal Cleanse Tea).

Prepara tu organismo para una limpieza suave mientras duermes y te despertarás fresco y renovado, listo para eliminar algunos de los obstáculos que se te presentan en alcanzar tus metas de pérdida de peso.

Prepara una taza de Herbal Cleanse Tea en la noche (tres veces por semana), para apoyar a tu cuerpo en la eliminación de las acumulaciones y para ayudar a absorber los beneficiosos nutrientes que vienen con tu sana dieta.

Herbal Cleanse Tea apoya:

  • Apoya la pérdida de peso cuando se combina con una sana dieta y ejercicios.*
  • Apoya a limpiar tu sistema digestivo.*
  • Promueve la regularidad y un sistema digestivo sano.*
  • Apoya la salud diaria.*

ESPERA!! No se detenga ahí. Use estos tres tips para MANTENER esos kilos lejos.

>>> COMA SANAMENTE.

Una sana dieta puede apoyarle en alcanzar y mantener un peso sano, reduce el riesgo de enfermedades crónicas (como enfermedades coronarias, presión arterial alta, diabetes y cáncer), y promueve salud general. Opciones saludables sanas, al igual que la ingesta apropiada de calorías, pueden apoyarle en perder y mantener un peso sano apropiado y además protegerlo de estos problemas de salud.

>>> BEBA MAS AGUA!

Beber agua ayuda a acelerar su metabolismo, a limpiar su cuerpo de desechos y actúa como supresor del apetito. Además, beber agua apoya a su cuerpo a no retener agua, apoyándole a usted a eliminar esas libras adicionales en agua. Porque el agua es un supresor del apetito, beberla 30 minutos antes de la comidas puede hacerle sentir mas lleno y consecuentemente reducir su ingesta de comida.

>>> ACTIVESE.

La actividad física es componente esencial en un estilo de vida sano. Todo el mundo se puede beneficiar de estar activo-desde promover salud general, mejorar el sueño hasta prevenir padecimientos crónicos. Es recomendable que todo adulto tenga actividad física por al menos 30 minutos por día, por cinco días cada semana. Usted puede caminar, montar bicicleta, correr o afiliarse a un gimnasio – hay muchas maneras de añadir actividad física a su rutina diaria.

Haga del 2016 su mejor año al colocar su orden, ya mismo del Sistema Javita de Dieta de Café


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