gynostemma pentaphyllum(Jiaogulan extract)
|Product Name||gynostemma pentaphyllum(Jiaogulan extract)|
|Latin Name||Gynostemma pentaphyllum|
|Gynostemma pentaphyllum||Jiaogulan, southern ginseng, Gynostemma Leaf Extract, Xiancao|
|Part Used||Leaf, root and rhizome extract|
|Benefits||Antioxidant,lose weight,lower cholesterol and blood pressure,immune support|
|Applied industries||Nutritional supplements, cosmetics formula|
What is Jiaogulan extract(Gynostemma pentaphyllum)?
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), also known as Southern Ginseng, according to Wikipedia, is an herb native to China, and has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for offering anti-aging benefits and treat many common health conditions.
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) has be consumed in ancient China for more than 3000 years, while it made its way to the rest of the world as Jiaogulan tea, gynostemma tea or jiaogulan tee, and the jiaogulan tea is also named the herb of immortality for its powerful long life spans functions.
Nowadays standardized Jiaogulan extract in supplement formulas is more popular than jiaogulan tea since it is more effective, and highly concentrated, and you don’t have to drink cups of teas each day to achieve some good effects. Supplements containing jiaogulan extract or Gynostemma pentaphyllum with one pill or capules are enough for a healthier life.
Chemical compositions of Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
What are the constituents of Gynostemma pentaphyllum? Jiaogulan contains a variety of nutrients and bioactive compounds including several types of polysaccharides, flavonoids, saponins, carotenoids, chlorophylls, sterols, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Saponins (gypenosides) are thought to be the prominent group of bioactives that contribute to the health beneficial effects of jiaogulan. Jiaogulan is sometimes called “Southern Ginseng”, since it grows in south central China and because of its similarity to ginseng in chemical composition and function. The applicable part of jiaogulan is the leaf. The leaves of jiaogulan contain a large number of triterpene saponins referred to as gypenosides. 82 saponins called gypenosides are indentified from Jiaogulan extract, many of which are identical to the ginsenosides found in Panax ginseng. For example, gypenoside 3 is identical to ginsenoside Rb1, gypenoside 4 is the same as ginsenoside Rb3, and gypenoside 8 is the same as ginsenoside Rd. The amount of saponins in the leaves of jiaogulan is similar to the amount found in ginseng roots. Due to the similar chemical make up between jiaogulan and ginseng, jiaogulan is often assumed to have the same effects as ginseng. Most jiaogulan products are standardized by the amount of saponins they contain. The popular specifications of Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) include Gynostemma Leaf Extract(standardized to 10% gypenosides), 30% gypenosides, Gypenoside30%,50%,80%,and 98%.
Benefits of taking Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) supplements
As an adaptogen, Jiaogulan is used for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and improving heart function. It is also used for strengthening the immune system, increasing stamina and endurance, increasing resistance to environmental stress, improving memory, and preventing hair loss. One of the latest benefits that many supplement companies care is for weight loss. Many experts believe Jiaogulan is better than Garcinia cambogia in losing weight.
Jiaogulan as an antioxidant
Jiaogulan has been found to increase superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is a powerful endogenous cellular antioxidant. SOD is a powerful antioxidant that has suggested in studies to be directly related to longevity. Studies have found it increases the activities of macrophages, T lymphocytesand natural killer cells and that it acts as a tumor inhibitor. Therefore, Jiaogulan is good for anti-cancer benefits. jiaogulan gypenosides may offer some protection from oxidative stress in the brain that leads to Parkinson’s disease.
Jiaogulan and Weight Loss
Studies conducted in Japan, China and Germany suggested continuous use of Jiaogulan to have a positive influence on lipid, & glucose metabolism leading to positive fat loss and cardiovascular health. The combination of lipid and glucose metabolism with increased oxygen utilization make Jiaogulan the perfect fit for anyone who needs accelerated fat loss during aerobic exercise. Clinics in Japan and China use Jiaogulan’s effect on lipid metabolism to aid in weight loss for the obese and weight gain in the frail and have suggested that Jiaogulan can help athletes gain and retain lean muscle mass due to aiding nutrient assimilation. 20 plus studies in China and Japan have also suggested even small amounts of Jiaogulan to provide cardiovascular health benefits. Jiaogulan is said to increase nitric oxide and good for bodybuilders and bodybuilding fans. Jiaogulan extract assists a good safe weight loss by improving and strengthening digestion. At the same time, it helps an underweight person by assisting the absorption of nutrients. Experts point that garcinia cambogia extract is not so good for weight loss, and Jiaogulan can do much better.
Jiaogulan and Lower cholesterol
Scientific research studies in China have shown that jiaogulan decreases cholesterol by improving the liver’s ability to send sugar and carbohydrates to the muscles for conversion to energy instead of turning the sugar into triglycerides which the body stores as fat. It lowers LDL’s (bad cholesterol) while raising HDL’s (good cholesterol).
Jiaogulan and lower blood pressure
Lowering high blood pressure benefits due to Jiaogulan’s antioxidant prosperities. These help inhibit cell damage (potent antioxidant properties), support and strengthen blood vessels, relax blood vessels to encourage optimal blood flow, promote blood flow in the peripheral arteries and help to maintain normal blood viscosity. Studies have shown that jiaogulan improves the metabolism of the heart directly as well as enhances the release of nitric oxide in the body, which helps to relax the coronary blood vessels.
Jiaogulan and immune support
Jiaogulan is an adaptogen, antioxidant, and supports the immune system, adrenal function, provides energy/metabolism boost, nurtures central nervous system/heart connection, creates unfavorable environment for viruses, particularly when under siege from different destructive agents. It is an effective immune modulator and it enhances the production of phagocytes as well as lymphocytes.