Gymnema Sylvestre: Stop those Holiday Cravings

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“Tis the season to be attending holiday parties and trying to abstain from eating the yummy baked goods that are constantly around!  According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the holidays probably account for much of a person’s annual weight gain over the course of a lifetime.  The average American gains one to two pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years.  That doesn’t sound like a lot, does it?  But think about 10 years from now.  That one to two pound weight gain has now turned into 10 to 20 pounds of extra weight around the belly, hips and thighs.

Goodies brought in by well meaning co-workers are the hardest to resist. They are everywhere, and hard to resist especially when that 2:00 afternoon slump occurs.   However, that momentary sugar high may make you feel better for a little but, but when your glucose levels soon take a dive, you will be back at the sweet table grabbing another sugar cookie with sprinkles.

So what can you do? Exercise and healthy diet is always important, however, you may get some extra help from the ayurvedic herb, Gymnema Sylvestre. It has been used for over 2000 years to treat diabetes or blood sugar levels, according to Karta Purkh Singh Khalso, author of The Way of Ayruvedic Herbs.   Gymnema sylvestre has shown positive clinical results in both Type I and Type II diabetes.   It also helps defeat sugar cravings. How, you ask?  If you open a capsule and out it on your tongue, it alters the taste of sugar for about 15 minutes.  However, taking a supplement that contains gymnema sylvestre and other blood sugar support nutrients may be what you need to stop yourself from grabbing another candy cane and avoiding the holiday weight gain.

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