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Gynostemma






Typical Use

Add ½ - ¾ teaspoon of powder per 1 cup of hot water, leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Goes well with a herbal tea blend, and/or 3/4 to 1 gram as powder up to 3 times per day or as directed by your herbal practitioner
Constituents
Gynostemma contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals, including selenium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese & phosphorus.
Precautions
It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women do not take Gynostemma.
If you are taking any blood thinning medications please consult your health care professional before using Gynostemma.
Do not use if you have an autoimmune condition or are taking immunosuppressant medications - Gynostemma
  
  
Introducing The Chinese Herb of Immortality - Jiaouglan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

In the first Chinese nationwide census, demographers noted an unusually large number of people over age 100 in two Southern provinces. After years of study the researchers concluded that the only difference between people in these provinces and elsewhere was the traditional routine consumption of a locally grown herbal tea called jiaogulan. Now you too can benefit from the life enhancing power of this little-known herb. 

Forty years of scientific research supports the many health benefits of Jiaogulan 

Modern researchers have identified a host of health benefits from Jiaogulan. It is the world's most powerful adaptogen. Adaptogens support your neuro-endocrine system and help keep hormones in balance. 

Jiaogulan stimulates your body to increase production of the powerful anti-oxidant Super Oxide Dismutase. Increased SOD provides a powerful boost to your immune system, reduces the incidence of colds and flu and may even help ward off cancer. 

Jiaogulan also stimulates your body to increase production of Nitric-oxide a natural vasodilator. Increased Nitric oxide may help reduce blood pressure and help treat ED. Increased blood flow has been shown to improve mentation and memory. 

Why Immortalitea Jiaogulan is the best 

We specialize in jiaogulan. It is the reason we are called Immortalitea. We grow our jiaogulan sustainably in the pristine foothills of Northern Thailand and our jiaogulan tea was named Overall Best Tasting Tea in an international tea competition. 
  
Folklore and History

Gynostemma is a herbaceous vine of the family Cucurbitaceae (cucumber or gourd family).    Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor Fu Shou (lucky immortal) was busy visiting a distant region of his empire one day. Whilst stopping for respite, his servants boiled some water for everyone to drink (as was their custom to sanitize the water). As the water boiled, dried leaves from a nearby plant fell into it and an aromatic liquid was infused. Curious, the emperor drank some and found it very refreshing, slightly bitter and a little sweet. Thus Gynostemma tea was discovered.   By the 13th century Gynostemma tea appears in Chinese meditation texts. By the 16th century, the immortality herb is listed in a variety of holistic texts throughout China.   In the 70s, a nationwide census in China identified a mountainous area with the largest percentage of centenarian inhabitants. Research into the lifestyle of these centenarians revealed a common dietary element; they all drank Gynostemma tea regularly. 

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Native to South East Asia, Gynostemma has been revered for millennia for its ability to prolong life. This is why it acquired its name “Herb of Immortality” in China, so convinced were the people that this herb could prolong and improve the quality of life.
The Chinese traditionally drink Jiaogulan tea to improve energy, increase levels of endurance and strength and to combat fatigue. Also known as “poor man’s ginseng”, Gynostemma is as a powerful  an adaptogen as Ginseng with many other benefits to health.

Gynostemma Benefits

Longevity
People in the original local region of China where Gynostemma was traditionally taken were found to have longer life spans, less disease and greater vitality than just about any other people in the world. This discovery prompted Chinese and Japanese researchers to seriously study this herb, finding that certain plant saponins known as "gypenosides" seem to be responsible for the many benefits of Gynostemma. 
Combinations of compounds in Gynostemma appear to stop the DNA from being degraded and broken down too quickly. Gynostemma has been found to stop and even reverse the process of erosion of the telomeres. Telomeres are the ‘end caps’ on strings of DNA, and the remaining length of telomeres is a major factor governing your remaining life span.  The effects of Gynostemma on telomeres make it one of the most powerful longevity substances ever known.

The saponins in Gynostemma exert a regulatory effect on the body. They bring a wide range of biological systems such as the central nervous system, the immune system, the reproductive system and the endocrine system into balance. This increases the natural ability of the body to respond to a wide range of internal and external stress.
Gynostemma also has a biphasic effect on brain functioning, meaning it can energise or calm the system depending on what is needed. 

Heart Health
A study by Vanderbilt University found that one of the saponins found in Gynostemma facilitates the release of nitric oxide by the blood vessels. This in turn causes them to relax, permitting increased blood flow, thus lowering high blood pressure and decreasing the risk of athersclerosis.  
The study also showed that this herb has blood thinning properties, reducing the aggregation of blood platelets and ameliorating the build up of plaque. 

Antioxidant
Jiaogulan has been found to increase the expression of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is a powerful endogenous cellular antioxidant enzyme. Studies have found that it increases the activities of macrophages, T lymphocytes, and natural killer cells, and that it acts as a tumor inhibitor.[10][medical citation needed]

Adaptogen
Jiaogulan is known as an adaptogen, which is an herb reputed to help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.[11] Its chemical constituents include the triterpenoid saponins gypenosides which are closely structurally related to the ginsenosides which are present in ginseng.[12] Most research has been done since the 1960s when the Chinese realized that it might be an inexpensive source of adaptogenic compounds, removing pressure from the ginseng stock. Purported adaptogenic effects include regulating blood pressure and the immune system, improving stamina and endurance.[13] Jiaogulan is also believed to be useful in combination with codonopsis for jet lag and altitude sickness.[8]


Blood Pressure
The adaptogenic nature of gypenosides have been found to keep blood pressure in a normal range. In vitro studies indicate that jiaogulan stimulates the release of nitric oxide in isolated heart cells; this is one proposed mechanism by which jiaogulan reduces high blood pressure.[14] In a double-blind study, gypenosides administered to those with Grade II hypertension showed 82% effectiveness in reducing hypertension, compared to 46% for ginseng and 93% for indapamide (a hypertension medication).

Cardiovascular functions
Animal studies as well as clinical testing on humans suggest that jiaogulan, when combined with other herbs, has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, increasing heart stroke volume, coronary flow, and cardiac output while reducing the heart rate, without affecting arterial pressure.[16][17][non-primary source needed]

Cholesterol reduction
Numerous clinical studies in Chinese medical literature have shown that jiagolan lowers serum cholesterol,[18] triglycerides, and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) while raising HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels, with reported effectiveness rates ranging from 67% to 93% on over 980 patients with hyperlipemia.[1]:42[unreliable medical source?]
Diabetes
Gynostemma pentaphyllum tea has been studied in a randomized controlled trial in type 2 diabetic patients.[19] It may have potential as a hypoglycemic treatment to reduce blood glucose.[20]

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

A small scale study found Gynostemma pentaphyllum can be an effective adjunct treatment to diet therapy for patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.[21][non-primary source needed]