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Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb that is native to India and has been
traditionally used to treat diabetes, metabolic syndrome, weight loss,
and coughs. It has also been used to treat malaria and as a snake bite
antidote, digestive stimulant, laxative, appetite suppressant, and
diuretic. It has been said to have the unique ability to reduce a
persons craving for sweets, which is extremely useful for a person just
starting out on the candida yeast diet.
In addition to the studies on the Microfase page, which prove gymnema sylvestre has the ability to prevent the production of spores by candida hyphae, and promoted the conversion of candida hyphae back into yeast spores which are much easier to kill, it has a broad spectrum of activity against other pathogens.
In a 2017 study that was performed by Microbiologists Arora DS, Sood H. from the Department of Microbiology at Guru Nanak Dev University in India, using the leaves against 13 Gram negative and Gram positive pathogenic bacteria, it was established that its broad spectrum activity had an average inhibition zone ranging from 14 to 23 mm. Candida albicans was the most sensitive organism, with an inhibition zone ranging from 13 to 35 mm. The flavonoids in the herb were the most effective with a kill time of 0-8 hours. The study concluded that gymnema sylvestre was of clinical importance for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and more. It was also neither mutagenic nor cytotoxic to the body.1
It also has an immune modulating effect and stimulates the lymphoid components of immune system.2 This is helpful to remove any toxins released by the death of candida yeast cells in the body.
Another study performed on mice with carcinogenic tumors, it was noted that it had marked antitumour-promoting activity and anti-inflammatory effects.3
A study published in Biomed Res Int. in 2014, found that the "herb exhibits a broad range of therapeutic effects as an effective natural remedy for diabetes, besides being used for arthritis, diuretic, anemia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolemia, cardiopathy, asthma, constipation, microbial infections, indigestion, and anti-inflammatory. G. sylvestre has good prospects in the treatment of diabetes as it shows positive effects on blood sugar homeostasis, controls sugar cravings, and promotes regeneration of pancreas. The herbal extract is used in dietary supplements since it reduces body weight, blood cholesterol, and triglyceride levels and holds great prospects in dietary as well as pharmacological applications".4
In another study in 2014 by Abdulaziz M Aleisa and colleagues, published a study in official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research on gymnema's effects on mice with ulcerative colitis. The scientists measured the inflammatory markers present with the disease to establish a baseline. Another group was administered Gymnema pre-induced disease and inflammatory markers were measured 24 hours later. G sylvestre inhibited the development of ulcerative colitis and resulted in a reduced mucus content.5
Enzymatic activities of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase were brought back to their normal levels. A significant reduction in DNA, RNA and TP inflammatory levels were eliminated by the treatment. It inhibited the elevation of pro-inflammatory cytokines, PGE2 and NO levels in the colon. The apparent UC protection was further confirmed by the histopathological screening. It was determined that G. sylvestre extract showed significant amelioration of experimentally induced colitis.5
The only known side effect is a reduction in blood sugar levels which could be a concern for people on diabetes medications. If you are diabetic, please consult with your doctor before taking gymnema for your yeast infection.
There are many more studies out there on gymnema, but the above is what I feel are the most important. With the effect of reducing a persons craving for sweets so you don't keep feeding the yeast, while preventing the production of spores by candida while forcing the hyphael pathogenic form back into a much easier to kill spore form, everyone with a chronic candida yeast problem should take it.
Article written by Dan and edited for accuracy by Dr. Taylor
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1. AMB Express. 2017 Dec;7(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s13568-017-0416-z. Epub 2017 Jun 5. In vitro antimicrobial potential of extracts and phytoconstituents from Gymnema sylvestre R.Br. leaves and their biosafety evaluation.
2. Phytother Res. 2016 Feb;30(2):341-4. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5514. Epub 2015 Nov 9.
Gymnemic Acid Stimulates In Vitro Splenic Lymphocyte Proliferation.
3. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:328684. doi: 10.1155/2014/328684. Epub 2014 Mar 6. Inhibitory Effects of Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) Leaves on Tumour Promotion in Two-Stage Mouse Skin Carcinogenesis.
4.Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:830285. doi: 10.1155/2014/830285. Epub 2014 Jan 6.
Phytochemical and pharmacological properties of Gymnema sylvestre: an important medicinal plant.
5. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Feb 10;14:49. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-49.
Pretreatment of Gymnema sylvestre revealed the protection against acetic acid-induced ulcerative colitis in rats.
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