What is jiaogulan?
Jiaogulan is a member of same family as cucumbers, melons, and gourds. It grows in five-leaf clusters, hence its botanical name, Gynostemma pentaphyllum. Jiaogulan has a long history of use in China, but is just now gaining popularity worldwide because of new scientific research supporting a wide range of health benefits that may very well eclipse that of any plant yet discovered. In its native home in southern China, jiaogulan is so revered that it is called xiancao (“herb of immortality”).
Jiaogulan's broad spectrum of biological effects can be explained by its status as a potent adaptogen. This rare class of herbs has the ability to bring balance to the body under a wide range of stressful circumstances.† Adaptogens also enhance the body's ability to defend itself by improving immunity and increasing energy, stamina, and endurance.† The chemical constituents responsible for the balancing effects of adaptogens are called saponins, and these exist in many forms. It is believed that the adaptogenic power of an herb is directly proportional to its content and variety of saponins. With 28 saponins, Panax ginseng is renowned as an adaptogen. But jiaogulan contains more than 100 health-giving saponins, which experts proclaim to be more than any other plant in nature. These include powerful gypenoside saponins that are not found in any other species.
Where does jioagulan grow?
Although it is now cultivated in many Asian countries, it is widely acknowledged that the best and most effective jiaogulan grows in the forests and foothills of its original home in China.
What are gypenoside saponins?
Saponins are a diverse group of chemicals found throughout the plant kingdom, and many have been studied for their health benefits. Jiaogulan contains an elite subgroup of saponins called gypenosides, which may prove to exert the most profound influence on human health. Their structure is similar to the chemical structure of key hormones, and although gypenosides do not function as hormones, they have a remarkable ability to influence the body to produce a healthy balance of its own hormones.† Jiaogulan contains more saponins than any other plant, and its bioactive gypenosides are not found in any other species.
What is an adaptogen?
As the name suggests, plants known as adaptogens help the body to adapt. Whether it's to physical, emotional, or chemical stresses, these special herbs help your body cope better, allowing it to return to a state of balance (homeostasis). Adaptogens also help to maintain the strength and immune resistance of the entire organism.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the cells in your body from oxidative damage. As the body uses oxygen, there are by-products known as "free radicals" that can cause damage to cells. Antioxidants are known to denature these free radicals, and high antioxidant status in the body is associated with a decreased risk of many chronic diseases. Many fruits and vegetables have high antioxidant capacity, and Jule is outstanding in this regard. It provides the antioxidant capacity of 15 servings of fruits and vegetables in just 4 ounces.
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