1. Gymnema sylvestre
- Main use: Lowering blood sugar
- Typical dosage: 200 to 250 milligrams twice daily
This plant’s name (Hindi: gurmar) translates as “sugar destroyer,” as the plant is known as one of the most powerful herbs for blood-sugar control. It’s actually believed to work by enhancing the activity of enzymes that help cells use glucose or by boosting the production of insulin.
Though it hasn’t been studied widely, it’s not known to cause serious side effects. As a matter of fact, a recent study published in the journal Appetite found that among 51 healthy participants, those who drank tea containing Gymnema sylvestre minimized their liking for sweet foods, an effect that could have implications for obese and overweight people.