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Vanadyl Sulfate and Diabetes

Gymnema sylvestre has been used as a treatment for diabetes for at least two thousand years. Its name is derived from the Hindi name Gurmar which translates to "sugar destroyer". It dates back to a time when the diagnosis of diabetes was literally made by sweet tasting urine, so called "honey urine".

Historically, Gymnema has been used in the treatment of various ailments and conditions from stomach problems and constipation, to snake bites, and urinary disturbances. Probably the most exciting use of this herb however, is for use in blood sugar balancing and glucose metabolism. Not surprising, is that the major portion of the research has been directed to blood sugar control, and use with diabetes.

Today, several studies have verified the beneficial effects of Gymnema sylvestre in helping to control blood sugar levels and thereby improve diabetic control. An additional benefit seems to be the ability of this substance to control sugar cravings and also reduce sugar absorption in the intestine.

Another positive benefit of this natural substance is the gradual effect it has in improving blood sugar metabolism and balance, rather that the not so subtle changes that occur with prescribed drugs. It also appears to be very safe in that the hypoglycemic effects do not lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels, but rather act within a normal range.

Fortunately in this day and age there are many companies that sell preparations containing this valuable herb for diabetics and pre-diabetics. Gymnema's ability to stimulate existing cells in the pancreas to produce more insulin and function more effectively makes this a natural for those felt to be at risk for developing diabetes.

Knowing the importance of proper blood sugar control and having the tools to do it in a natural manner can be extremely helpful in preventing the various complications known to arise in uncontrolled diabetes.

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Dr. Mark S. Johnson, D.C., FAFICC, QME

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