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Supporting Sugar Reduction with Gymnema Sylvestre from Cytoplan

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While springtime is usually an opportunity to foster and anchor healthy habits, one thing that is notoriously hard to reduce is the temporary dependence on sugar after an Easter of inevitably indulging in sweet treats.

It’s well known that an overconsumption of sugar can alter mood, reduce memory function, negatively impact gut health and lead to chronic inflammation, but what’s not so easily understood is how to reduce sugar when sweetness is all we crave, especially after a period of indulgence, according to the leading food-based supplement brand, Cytoplan.

New for 2024, the ethical supplement brand has launched a new formulation, Gymnema Sylvestre designed to balance blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings naturally.

The product has been created with an ancient, slow-growing, perennial, woody climber plant found in Central and Southern India and tropical Africa that has been traditionally used for nearly 2000 years to help manage sugar cravings and balance blood sugar levels. In the Ayurvedic system, it is referred to as “Gurmar”, which means “sugar destroyer”.

Each capsule from Cytoplan provides 100mg of Gymnema Sylvestre extract with 25mg of active gymnemic acids, which research has identified as the level required to help curb sugar cravings and has been designed at this level to enable one capsule to be taken up to three times daily for prolonged benefit and effect.

Suitable for vegans and free from flavourings, colourings, wheat, soy, and dairy, the effects of Gymnema Sylvestre occur rapidly and have a noticeable effect on sugar cravings, blood glucose levels, and metabolic function within approximately 30 minutes of ingestion.

Amanda Williams, CEO and nutritional therapist at Cytoplan, who created Gymnema Sylvestre, said: “The body, and especially the brain, need an ongoing supply of glucose sufficient for healthy metabolic function. When glucose is ingested from complex carbohydrates in whole foods, it is released slowly into the bloodstream to meet metabolic needs. However, Western diets often contain a low level of complex carbohydrate-rich whole foods and a high level of refined foods, which are high in simple sugars.

“These foods provide energy that is delivered straight into the bloodstream, rapidly spiking blood sugar, which makes us feel energised, temporarily. However, when sugar levels drop again, it can leave us feeling tired, hungry, irritable, and lacking concentration. Furthermore, high blood sugar can have detrimental effects on the brain through various processes. For example, glucose can attach to structures on cells, damaging them, triggering inflammation, and precipitating longer-term insulin resistance.

“A diet rich in nutrient-dense soluble fibre and protein is what we should aim for, but sometimes it can be difficult to manage cravings for sugary processed foods that are nutrient-poor and processed and which quickly satisfy the craving.

“The attributes of Gymnema Sylvestre are multifold: it can help to reduce the desire for sugar and encourage a hunger for non-sugary, nutrient-dense whole foods, and concomitantly, it can help to improve metabolic function and balance blood sugar levels. If this can be maintained for 3–4 weeks, you will naturally lose the desire for sugar and easily establish new eating habits.”

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