Jiaogulan, whose botanical name is Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a herb in the cucumber family whose origins can be traced back to southern China before it spread throughout Asia.
It is a very unique plant popular for its “magical” immortal properties and health benefits which make it very important in traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese often refer to it as Xian Cao (the immortality herb). Its leaves are edible and they can be consumed or used to brew a variety of herbal teas (tisanes) which are very popular in the China region.
Its immortal properties have gained it global popularity in modern medicine over the years since the 70’s and it is now widely used as a health tonic. Scientists have conducted extensive research into its health benefits and so far results have shown that the active ingredients in the herb not only improve general health but also increase the lifespan of an individual. So what are the benefits of its consumption?
Population studies conducted in certain provinces in southern China uncovered an unusually large population of elderly people over the age of 100 years the common denominator among them being the consumption of the Jiaogulan herbal tea.
Aging is accelerated by damage to the body cells. Free radicals resulting from oxidative reactions are the major cause of cell damage in the body. Jiaogulan has powerful anti-oxidant properties and its consumption aids in the elimination of free radicals from the body which delays the aging process for a long healthy life.
Immune system boost
The anti oxidant, Super-oxide dismutase (SOD) produced in the body is associated with the immune system. High levels of it translate to a healthy immune system. Jiaogulan herb stimulates the production of SOD and therefore consuming it should improve your immune system making you less susceptible to diseases.
Improve the blood flow
Consuming the herb appears to increase blood flow in the body. Increased blood flow has numerous health benefits especially since it is associated with an increase in energy levels. Improved stamina and agility for better athletic performance and a significant boost in your memory and retention are some of the benefits of improved blood flow as a result of taking the herb.
Self regulation of the body
Jiaogulan belongs to a class of herbs known as adaptogens which help the body self regulate. Self regulation in the body is very important.
Regulation of metabolism is crucial in weight management. Research has also shown that the herb activates AMPK enzyme which plays a role in metabolism regulation. The herb also stimulates increased production of serotonin, the happy hormone, which typically boosts your mood and calms your nerves.
There are many herbal remedies in the market today but a few are as effective and reliable as Jiaogulan mentation. It is recommended by many herbalists and doctors worldwide. Jiaogulan is available as herbal tea, extracted supplement and whole leaf.