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Lisa Marie
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 2:48 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Carol, have you heard of this substance? I looked it up and it is also called Standardized Gymnemic Acid. It is supposed to be good for cutting sugar cravings, and some diabetics use it. I am wondering what you know about it? Thank you. LM
Carol H
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 3:24 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lisa Marie, it is an herb that stimulates insulin production. It has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine historically. Although Dr. Weil thinks diabetics should use it, it has been recommended as an additional treatment , but not a replacement for standard diabetes treatment. Those who use this herb are advised by the sellers of it to be careful and monitor their blood sugar carefully. This herb is also said to curb sugar cravings by affecting the ability to taste sugar. Since we already know MSG stimulates insulin production, simply stimulating insulin production is not enough, insulin resistance should be considered. Taurine actually may be more help, since it helps insulin to be more effective.

Years ago everyone was touting chromium picolinate for glucose metabolism. Now they have done an about face and DON'T recommend chromium picolinate.

2,000 years ago, before MSG, gymnena sylvestre may have seemed an acceptable treatment, but today, eating MSG and taking this herb may really send your insulin skyhigh. Which may not be a good thing. If it were me, I would exercise, limit simple carbs and eat complex ones instead, and make sure I always had protein with my carbs. I would NOT take an herb that spikes my insulin.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 3:42 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lisa Marie,

Have you tried cinnamon?

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4413
Lisa Marie
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 2:04 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you Carol for your excellent explanation. I just thought it was something I might supplement - just to try- but I don't think it would be worth it. And Roy, I eat cinnamon almost every day in my oatmeal! Thanks so much to both of you.
Debbey
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 7:46 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lisa Marie-chromium picolinate causes a problem because it boosts your metabolism and causes bounces in blood sugar-years ago they sold it to help with weight loss-plain chromium helps keep mine from bouncing but it is hard to find-instead I eat sweet potatoes alot -it has natural chromium and seems to help-I cook them and then keep them in the fridge-I like them better cold to snack on
Lisa Marie
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2005 - 6:21 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Debbey

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