What's in it?

Sugar Free Me™ is a herbal supplement, all natural and plant powered. The main ingredient is a herb called Gymnema Sylvestre, a noble leaf from India. 

Gymnema sylvestre[1] is a perennial woody vine that grows in tropical areas of India, Africa, and Australia and has been used for medicinal purposes in Ayurvedic medicine. Common names include gymnema,[2] Australian cowplant, and Periploca of the woods, and the Hindi term gurmar which means “sugar destroyer.” [3][4][5]

The leaves and extracts contain gymnemic acids, the major bioactive constituents that interact with taste receptors on the tongue to temporarily suppress the taste of sweetness.[6][7][8][9][10]


The plant is a climber with leaves having soft hairs on the upper surface. The leaves are elongate oval shaped. It has small yellow umbelliferous inflorescence which is produced throughout the year.[11]


Gymnema sylvestre has a long history of use in herbal medicine and a broad range of therapeutic properties.[4][5][12]

Gymnema sylvestre leaves contain triterpenoid saponins,[13][14][15] flavonols,[16] and gurmarin.[5] The major biologically active plant molecules are gymnemic acids, a class of triterpenoid saponins, which have the effect of suppressing the taste of sweetness on the tongue from sucrose (sugar), stevia, xylitol, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.[17]

The sweet-blocking effect of Gymnema sylvestre lasts from 15 minutes[6] to 50 minutes[18] and may even persist for several hours.[19] There is no indication that gymnemic acids have long-term effects on taste and they do not influence bitter, salty, and sour taste perception.[7][20]

    Vernacular Indic names

      • Bengali meshashrunga - মেষশৃঙ্গ
      • tamachek Taemoerzôrt .
      • Gujarati gudmar - ગુડમાર, madhunashini - મધુનાશિની
      • Hindi gurmar - गुड़मार
      • Kannada madhunashini - ಮಧುನಾಶಿನಿ
      • Konkani kawli - कौळी
      • Malayalam chakkarakolli - ചക്കരക്കൊല്ലി
      • Marathi bedakicha pala - बेडकीचा पाला, gudmar - गुडमार
      • Oriya lakshmi - ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀ, mendhasingia - ମେଣ୍ଢା ଶିଙ୍ଗିଆ, nagapushpi - ନାଗପୁଷ୍ପୀ
      • Sanskrit madhunaashini - मधुनाशिनी, meshasringa - मेषशृंग
      • Sinhala මස්බැද්ද - Masbaedda
      • Tamil sirukurinjan - சிறுகுறிஞ்சா, kokilam, கோகிலம்
      • Telugu Podapatri - పొడపత్రి
      • Urdu gurmar - گڑمار [26]


    Gymnema sylvestre

    Gymnema derives from the Greek words "gymnos" (γυμνὀς) and "nēma" (νῆμα) meaning "naked" and "thread" respectively; the species epithetonsylvestre means "of the forest" in Latin.[27]

    The Hindi name Gurmar, Sanskrit Madhunashini, Urdu Gurmar, Malayalam Chakkarakolli and Telugu Podapatri, literally means "sugar destroyer". (Sanskrit) Meshasringa translates as "ram's horn", a name given to the plant due to the shape of its fruits.


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