Monday, April 1, 2013

Gurmar, a.k.a. The Sugar Killer

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Whether you’ve broken hearts or melted them, being a femme fatale can be overwhelming when you are showered with gifts of chocolates and sweets. It would be ill-mannered not to graciously accept said gifts, but let’s face it, every girl needs to watch her figure…not watch it expand! And don’t forget that nasty glycation process–the horrifying havoc that sugar wreaks on your system, causing unnecessary extrinsic aging, inflammation, and even disease!

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A Girl’s Best Friend

That’s why I want to introduce you to my new BFF: Gurmar. Gurmar (Gymnema Sylvestra)–also known as ‘The Sugar Killer’–is an ayurvedic herb that grows in central and southern India. Its Hindi name means “destroyer of sugar” due to its unique power to naturally curb your appetite for sweets. In addition, if you do cave in and indulge, the herb will block the absorption of sugar in your body and help keep blood sugar levels from rising!

In a sweet-tooth emergency, you can open a capsule and put a bit of the powdered herb directly on your tongue. It instantly blocks your ability to taste sweetness, so what was once a temptation tastes vaguely like sand, helping you resist the addictive sugar trap. Weird, but it works! This is the best way to kick your sugar cravings.

Gymnema Sylvestra is considered safe for most people, including diabetics who take conventional medications. In fact, in clinical studies, some diabetics were able to lower or even discontinue their medication when they incorporated Gymnema Sylvestra into their regime. But as with any supplement, you should speak to your doctor if you have concerns about the herb. My opinion? It’s a God-send! Almost as good as diamonds, darlings!

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