The herb Gymnema, which is a wood climbing shrub native to Africa and India, may aid in the loss of weight by blocking sugar absorption and tampering cravings for sugar, which is a major contributor to weight gain. Increases in the amount of insulin and increases in the growth of cells in the pancrease which is where insulin is made in the body may occur when taking Gymnema, and may help stave off weight gain.
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