Gymnema is a woody climbing shrub that has been used in ayurveda for over 2,000 years. The plant is thought to stimulate insulin release in the pancreas, and chewing on the leaves can temporarily interfere with the ability to taste sweetness.
Bitter melon has insulin-like properties that help the body metabolize sugar, moving it to the liver, muscles, and fat. It’s a nutrient-rich melon that has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Garcinia cambogia is an extract of a tropical fruit called the Malabar tamarind. It’s sour, and often dried or pickled to add to curries. It’s said to be an appetite suppressant that may block the body’s ability to make fat and has become a popular weight loss...