MatchaSource Sugar Destroyer Matcha & Gymnema
I just got this email from MatchaSource about a new product and I wondered what people here think about it.
Sugar Destroyer Matcha & Gymnema is a blend of tea grade matcha and Gymnema Sylvestre, an herb grown in India, clinically proven to reduce blood sugar levels.
This thin-grade matcha tea is blended with Gymnema Sylvestre, an herb known as the “Sugar Destroyer.” Gymnema inhibits the absorption of sugar in the intestine and also “blocks” the taste of sugar on the palate. Gymnema is often used in the Ayurvedic community to control Type I and Type II Diabetes. The herb is also known to help regulate weight loss, and cholesterol.
A study by The National Institute of Health claims, “Gymnema can serve as an effective and safe weight-loss formula that can facilitate a reduction in excess body weight and BMI, while promoting healthy blood lipid levels. Source: NIH http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15056124
People with diabetes, high cholesterol or who are significantly overweight should consult their health practitioner before adding Gymnema to their diet. Gymnema is not recommended for small children, pregnant or nursing women or for people with hypoglycemia.
Tasting Note: Appearance, Aroma and Flavor
Sugar Destoyer Matcha with Gymnema tea is bright green and has the consistency of fine talcum powder. The color is slightly subdued when compared to a pure matcha. The aroma starts sweet and creamy like a quality matcha and finishes with a hint of bitter herbs. The taste of Sugar Destroyer is grassy and pungent with a distinct bitter note.
I’m not a scientist, but I read that study to say that it’s not just Gymnema Sylvestre that was measured but a combination of that with two other things, plus a calorie restricted diet and exercise. So unless the tea contains those two other things in the combination studied and is used with a similar diet and exercise program, I’m not sure the study supports a claim that the tea + the herb alone would reduce blood sugar levels. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have some effect, but I’m skeptical that it would be significant.
Bingo. Plus, the science behind dieting and weight loss in general is not well understood and is being called into question every day, so it’s good to take these studies with a grain of salt.
Honestly, I’m a little weirded out to have diabetes medication marketed as a diet drink.