gynostemma pentaphyllum

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China's "immortality herb" Used by Chinese to extend their lives to 100 years or more- regarded as "like ginseng... but better." The benefits are dizzying- as is the amount of scientific research behind it. Has more sterols than maca and less fermentable carbohydrates. Maca has 5 sterols while jiaogulan has around 90. Used to treat everything from high blood pressure to bronchitis, this high powered antioxidant has clinically shown to obstruct the growth of cancer and increase natural killer cells to fight tumors. A key adaptogen, meaning it adapts. If the body needs rest, jiaogulan promotes rest. If the body needs to be energized, the herb does that as well. It adapts to your body's needs and helps protect it from stress, toxins, bad diet, excessive exercise, electric devices, free radicals, DNA damage, etc. 300 athletes were tested with jiaogulan and ALL reported increased energy, calmness and alertness.Very effective at improving sleep. Has 4 times more saponins and seven times more sterols than ginseng, including beta-sitosterol, which blocks DHT formation(stops hair loss), reduces prostate inflammation better than saw palmetto and lowers cholesterol. Sterols dilate blood vessels to lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Regulates blood pressure and cholesterol, bringing both high and low levels back to normal(lowers LDL while raising HDL), thus helping prevent artherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack. Actually makes heart more efficient, raising heart output without raising the heart rate or blood pressure. Perfect for athletes. Helps shield liver against toxic chemicals, proven to help treat hepatitis. Said to be very effective at healing bronchitis, soothing the nervous system, supports the adrenal glands, which produce the body's own anti-inflammatory steroids, and helps regulate the immune system, making it good for treating autoimmune disorders. Jiaogulan increases levels of SOD, and elevates white blood cell counts. Even helps weight loss by inhibiting the body's tendency to store sugars as fat. It’s a vine in the cucumber/gourd family, but has no fruit. Leaves are serrated and in groups of 5, sometimes 3 or 7. Tiny greenish flowers.
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Heat-processed Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract improves obesity in ob/ob mice by activating AMP-activated protein kinase.
Evaluation of anti-inflammatory and liver protective effects of Anoectochilus formosanus, Ganoderma lucidum and Gynostemma pentaphyllum in rats.
Introduction: Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a traditional Asian herb with a range of biological activities.
Li, "Morphological and structural characterization of a polysaccharide from Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino and its anti-exercise fatigue activity," Carbohydrate Polymers, vol.
Lertprasertsuk, "Toxicity evaluation of standardized extract of Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino," Journal ofEthnopharmacology, vol.
The list of supplements and foods that activate AMPK is extensive and includes persimmon, genistein, pomegranate vinegar, vinegar, blueberries, extra-virgin olive oil, cinnamon, fish oil, folic acid, Hugan Qingzhi, quercetin, grapeseed extract, astragalus, bitter melon, apiginin, resveratrol, curcumin, transtiliroside, rosehips, EGCG from green tea gallic acid, aspirin, hydrogen sulfide, chitosan, baicalin, gynostemma pentaphyllum, and cocoa.
Genetic differentiation in endangered Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino based on ISSR polymorphism and its implications for conservation.
The active ingredient is based on two powerful plants: Gynostemma pentaphyllum from the Far East activates LXR, a skin receptor involved in the synthesis of epidermal lipids.
The same effect was observed in hypercholesterolemic rats treated with aqueous extract of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Megalli et al., 2005).
Gencor's proprietary extract of Gynostemma pentaphyllum, ActivAMP, activates an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPk).
Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino, a perennial creeping herb grown prevalently throughout China, India, Japan and Korea (Blumer and Liu, 1999), is a traditional medicine widely used in the treatment of respiratory inflammation such as cough and chronic bronchitis (Tanner et al., 1999).
Yu, "Chemical compositions, HPLC/MS fingerprinting profiles and radical scavenging properties of commercial Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino samples," Food Chemistry, vol.