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I came across this packet in Kuttralam on my way back to Bangalore from Kollam.. Since it was a boys trip there was no way we could have given this a miss with all those awesome massages and the chance to stand under the waterfall. . When we reached the place as usual a vendor comes peddling his products to us. We were on the verge of sending him away when he told us about this leaf he was having. He made us eat the dry leaf which was extremely bitter.  He then went ahead and proclaimed that we will not be able to eat anything sweet for 3 hrs. After that he gave us sugar which tasted like saw dust.  We were skeptical and tried more sweet stuff but then found it was true. The leaf had suppressed the sweet part of our taste buds. We were able to taste all other things except the taste of sweet. I then came back home and did more research on the stuff.   Called Gymnema sylvestre or ChakaraKolli in Malayalam literally meaning sugar destroyer, used in the treatment of diabetes, this works as an insulin supplement and has no side effects. For more info check Wikipedia page

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47 Comments to “Gymnema sylvestre”

  1. Ananya Kiran says:

    Hey nice post ! I have seen it but never tried tasting it 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      well I told this to my fam and the first thing they did was fire me for eating something unknown but yeah thats me 🙂

  2. Never heard of this stuff. Don’t know if I would like to not be able to taste sweets! ♥

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      the effect lasts for 3 hrs……

  3. pixie says:

    huh! How interesting is that?!
    I didn’t know this..

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Nature is amazing no?

  4. eliexpat says:

    Have never heard about this… Intriguing … Wow, how strange to eat sugar and then it tastes like saw dust ..:-) learning something new every day:-) 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Its an experience by itself to eat sugar and not to too 🙂

  5. S(t)ri says:

    Never heard about this!! Nice piece of information!! I want to try

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    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Its extremely bitter but interesting after effect eh:)

  6. Shalzzz says:

    Heard of it.. Never seen! Lovely share. Thanks 🙂
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    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      its more popular and available around the hilly areas of Tamil Nadu

  7. obsessivemom says:

    This sounds so good. Wonder if I can find it in Pune.

  8. shailajav says:

    Oh this is great! I must recommend this to my family. Thanks Pheno!

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  9. nabanita says:

    I never knew about this..wish I could have recommended it to my uncle..but never to late to know right?

    Random Thoughts Naba

  10. pravsphenomenon says:

    If u have anyone u know in TamilNadu or Kerala u could try

  11. Chakkarakkolli ! this piece is so informative 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:


  12. Rajlakshmi says:

    woaa never heard about this. Thank you for sharing …

  13. Aditi says:

    Wow…never heard of this before! Thanks! 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Nature sure is interesting eh

  14. Learnt something new today, thanks for this.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:


  15. stevebethere says:

    This is interesting for me as I have Diabetes 😉


    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Oh I have another solution for that as well. I used to have type 2 diabetes. After I started drinking water boiled with a root called ekanayagam and when I went for the H1ac test (the 3 month average) I found I was out of the diabetes group and range 🙂

  16. Cat says:

    How fascinating! Never heard of this. I could certainly use some as I have a notorious sweet tooth that often takes over, especially my chocolate cravings. Thanks for the info. Never heard of anything like this in Canada where sugar consumption is very high.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Indeed it was a surprising discovery for me as well. Each packet costs less than a dollar

  17. Beloo Mehra says:

    An informative post, indeed! Sharing it with people I know who can use it.

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Thnx !

  18. pravsphenomenon says:


  19. Shilpa Garg says:

    Wow! How interesting is that!! That was insightful too!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Yep nature is always interesting and intriguing

  20. Reader Wil says:

    Interesting, but what is the use of it, if it has such a bitter taste? Anyway thanks for your post.
    Wil, ABCW. Team

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      sometimes the bitterest of things are the sweetest for health 🙂

  21. Kevil says:

    So where can I get this? (short of traveling to Bangalore 😉 )

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      You might try searching for the Gymnema sylvestre tablets maybe and keep your fingers crossed

  22. Kajal says:

    Never heard of these leaves…interesting trivia 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      well thats why I love travelling. Helps to update the trivia eh? 🙂

  23. elixired says:

    Wow! This is some discovery! Quite interesting! Sharing it right away! 🙂

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thanks !

  24. Alissa Apel says:

    I’d like to try it.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      its a good thing to try

  25. Sabrina says:

    wow, this is so interesting!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      yep it caught me when I came across it too 🙂

  26. Susan Moore says:

    So interesting, I had never heard of this ‘sugar destroyer’ stuff. Travel brings all sorts of surprises!

  27. Had never heard of this…nature has so much to offer.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Oh Yes !

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