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  1. Gymnema sylvestre

    Gymnema sylvestre is an herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. Chewing the leaves suppresses the sensation of sweet. This effect is attributed to the presence of the eponymously named gymnemic acids. G. sylvestre has been used in herbal medicine as a treatment for diabetes for nearly two millennia, but there is insufficient scientific evidence to draw definitive conclusions about its efficacy. Common names include gymnema, cowplant, Australian cowplant, gurmari, gurmarbooti, gurmar, periploca of the woods, meshasringa, bhetki cha pala and miracle fruit.

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  1. Gymnema sylvestre

    A plant species of the genus GYMNEMA that contains gymnemic acid (triterpene SAPONINS) which affects blood sugar level and gurmarin protein. The common name of Gurmar should not be confused with Guar (CYAMOPSIS).

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