Jiaogulan, (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum), is a member of
the cucumber or gourd family. It grows in Southern China and other Asian
countries. Jiaogulan leaves has been used for centuries in China and is
a refreshing and healthy tea. Jiaogulan is best known as an herbal
medicine which has powerful antioxidant and adaptogenic effects and
increases longevity. That’s why it also called the Immortalitea/Immortality
- Cholesterol – Scientific studies have confirmed jiaogulan’s ability to assist
the regulation of serum cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol), and
HDL (good cholesterol, which helps to metabolize cholesterol from the arteries).
- Blood Pressure – Jiaogulan has been widely reported to be effective in
maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. Although the exact mechanism is still
being researched, studies have shown that jiaogulan improves the metabolism of
the heart directly 2 as well as enhances the release of nitric oxide in the
body, which helps to relax the coronary blood vessels.
- Digestion – While jiaogulan is great for regulating cholesterol, it also
assists a good weight loss program, by improving and strengthening digestion. At
the same time, it helps an underweight person by assisting the absorption of
nutrients. This regulatory effect on bodily functions is the hallmark of an
- Strength and Endurance – The results of human studies confirm that jiaogulan
can enhance the contractility of the heart muscle and heart pumping function.
Other studies have shown that the saponins in jiaogulan increase strength and
endurance in the body. Considering these findings overall, jiaogulan becomes the
perfect herb for anyone who wants to improve his competitive edge in any field
of athletic performance.
- Immunity – Jiaogulan has also demonstrated an ability to support the immune
system when under the siege of various destructive agents.6,7 Jiaogulan has also
shown its effectiveness, in clinical research studies, as a potent
immunomodulator. It increases the production of Lymphocytes, Phagocytes, and
- Adaptogenic Properties – Jiaogulan has a biphasic effect on brain functions,
energizing or calming the system depending upon need, as well as on the
regulation of hormonal functions in both men and women. The healthy maintenance
of these physiological actions plays a major role in the body’s ability to cope
- Antioxidant Properties – The results of many scientific studies show that
jiaogulan’s powerful antioxidant quality protects against free radical damage.
- Gypenosides – The Active IngredientsJiaogulan contains a large quantity of
saponins known as gypenosides. The structure of the gypenosides is very similar
to the panaxosides (also known as ginsenosides) found in ginseng. There are 3-4
times as many saponins in jiaogulan as there are in ginseng. Some of those
saponins are identical to the panaxosides in ginseng and some of them turn into
panaxosides when taken into the body. This greater number of gypenosides may
account for a more powerful regulatory effect on a number of body systems, like
blood pressure, the reproductive system, the digestive system, the immune
system, mental functions, and more.