Wellfinitea is a caffeine-free, 100% organic green tea that can help control sugar carvings and the absorption of sugar in the intestines and body. Wellfinitea BLOCKS the sugar. Natural key ingredients found in the Wellfinitea are Gymnema – which improves blood sugar levels, assists with weight maintenance and increases the effectiveness of insulin; Pandanus Palm – which solves multitudes of skin problems and regulates blood sugar. Stevia – which is beneficial in weight loss (used as a natural alternative or sugar substitute). The new WHO sugars guideline recommends that adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to <10% of total energy intake and recommends a further reduction to <5% for additional health benefits. This guideline is part of the WHO’s efforts to halt the increase in diabetes, obesity, and premature deaths by 25% by 2025. The UK Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition also recommends a reduction in free sugar to <5% in line with WHO.
(Gymnema, Pandanus Palm, and Stevia)
Plants are a major source of our modern medicine and a great concern for drug discovery exploration. Natural plants, herbal medicines phytomedicines, and functional foods are extensively studied by scientists all over the world. Among the natural plants is Gymnema, which is traditionally used for the treatment of various diseases and is a wild herb found in India, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Ulbricht et al. (2011) mentioned that Gymnema leaves have been used for more than 2,000 years in India to treat Madhu meha or “honey urine.” Key conclusions from their study are the preliminary
human evidence that suggests that Gymnema may be efficacious for the management of serum glucose levels in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as an adjunct to conventional drug therapy, for up to 20 months. Gymnema appears to lower serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels following chronic use but may not have significant acute effects. The other one of the major side effects or actions of Gymnema is taste alteration.
Studies have shown that Gymnema reduces the perception of sweetness inside the mouth and seems to increase the perception of bitterness by neural inhibition.
This plant is also recognized as “Gurmur” due to having sugar-lowering properties. Gymnema Sylvestre was considered as one of the major botanicals to treat diabetes in the Ayurvedic system of medicine and also is included in Indian Pharmacopoeia as an anti-diabetic plant (Singh et al., 2008). As it is useful against major diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, asthma, cancer,
diabetes, and obesity, a different formulation of this plant is found in a number of preparations such as tea bags, health tablets, and food supplements. In various studies, Gymnema Sylvestre is reported to be effective against arthritis, diuretic, anemia, osteoporosis, hypercholesterolemia, cardiopathy, asthma, constipation, microbial infections, indigestion, and as an anti-inflammatory agent
(Khan, et al. 2019).
Pandanus Palm, on the other hand, leaves are used to refresh the body, reduce fever, and relieve indigestion. Mihn, et al. (2019) indicated that Pandanus contains phytochemicals like steroids, carbohydrates, phenols, isoflavones, coumestrol, lignans, alkaloids, glycosides, amino acids and vitamins, terpenoids, flavonoids, saponins. Chief characters of a transverse section of leaves include sclerenchymatous patches, parenchymatous mesophyll cells, bundle sheath cells (Bindu Gopalkrishnan et al., 2015).
Significant pharmacological activities reported by scientists are antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, anti-viral, anti-neoplastic, antioxidant, anti-diuretic, analgesic, and neuroprotective (Mihn, Vo, Man, Phong, Toan, Nam, 2019).
Their study concluded that Pandanus plants revealed their huge biological potential. The plant had multifaceted medicinal properties like anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, analgesic, anti-neoplastic, anti-microbial, anti-diuretic. It is used to treat nocturnal enuresis.
Stevia is another plant/leaves found in the Wellfinitea. Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a small perennial shrub of the Asteraceae (Compositae) family that is native to Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. The leaves of this plant have been used by indigenous people for centuries in medicines and to sweeten
drinks such as maté, a green herbal tea (Samuel, Ayoob, Magnuson, Rieck, Jeppesen, Rogers, Rowland and Mathews, 2018).
In summary, their study notes that the replacement of caloric sweeteners in foods and beverages with high-purity stevia leaf extract sweeteners (i.e. steviol glycosides) is a useful and cost-effective tool in reducing added sugar intake.
Several global and country-level authoritative dietary guidelines recommend a reduction in added-sugar intake due to the growing prevalence of overweight, obesity, and diabetes around the world
in accordance with WHO and the UK Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition.