gymnema improves weight, BMI and cholesterol in metabolic syndrome

People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Weight loss could be crucial for this group of people, and there may be a herb that can do it.

This study included 24 people with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed in the presence of any 3 of the following 5 symptoms: abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and elevated blood glucose.

While half the people in this double-blind study were just given a placebo, the other half were given 600mg a day of the herb Gymnema sylvestre for 12 weeks. Gymnema is an important diabetes herb. Since none of the people in the study actually had diabetes and few had glucose intolerance, the gymnestra had no effect on glucose or insulin.

But it had a big effect on obesity. The people in the gymnema group had significant decreases in weight, in body mass index and in heart harmful very low density lipoprotein (VLDL cholesterol). In the placebo group, weight and body mass index went up significantly. Unlike the gymnema group, so did waist circumference, the dangerous LDL cholesterol. Insulin measures and insulin sensitivity also worsened.

Unfortunately, for some reason, the researchers did not make a statistical comparison between the herb group and the placebo group.

Gymnema helped weight loss in people with metabolic syndrome who really needed it and may have prevented deteriorations in waist circumference and measures of blood sugar.

In previous blogs, we have talked about several other things that can help people with metabolic syndrome, including coffee and tea, calcium and magnesium, avocados, flaxseed, red yeast rice and olive extract, pine bark extract, nuts, ginkgo, green tea, and more.

J Med Food 2017;20(8):750-754

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