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Natural Foods Merchandiser
Bright Future for Chinese Mountain Herb
- a great article published in the Natural Foods Merchandiser. The
"Jiaogulan has no known side effects. Unlike ginseng, children
can take it. A typical dose is 1,000 mg per day in the form of tea
or in capsules, but much higher doses appear to be safe and effective.
Bulk Jiaogulan is not commonly available in America (we
are trying to change that!), but it can be found prepackaged.
Because of its natural sweetness, it is delicious as a tea."
Oxidants, Antioxidants, and the Degenerative
Diseases of Aging - a UC Berkeley 'heavy weight' article
with all the big scientific words. The article states...
The degenerative diseases associated with aging include cardiovascular
disease, immune system decline, brain dysfunction, and cataracts.
Small molecule dietary antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin
E, carotenoids, (and Jiaogulan) have
generated particular interest as anticarcinogens and as defenses
against degenerative diseases.
Antioxidants therefore can decrease mutagenesis, and thus carcinogenesis,
in two ways: by decreasing oxidative DNA damage and by decreasing
is an Antioxidant? This site is written at a child's level,
however, even grown-up kids can benefit. A nice explanation of the
importance of Antioxidants in the battle against Free-Radicals.
The site states...
One of the most powerful warriors in this struggle against the
Free Radicals is Team Antioxidant and its members Vitamin C, Vitamin
E and The Carotenoids. Team Antioxidant comes to the rescue by donating
an electron to Free Radicals, converting them back to stable oxygen
molecules. This helps keep your body healthy, and prevents cell
and tissue damage. Antioxidants live in the foods and vitamins you
eat, waiting to enter your body and save the day.
Prevention.com: Health News
Herbal Heart Defender
This Asian remedy boosts energy too
Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a remarkable herb that targets
the key components of heart disease. Its compounds sweep up free
radicals (unstable molecules that damage or destroy healthy cells),
reduce pressure within the blood vessels, and lower the production
of bad LDL cholesterol.
As if that wasn't enough to make it an impressive heart herb, jiaogulan
(pronounced gee-ow-goo-lahn) also helps deal with the effects of
stress, which can be a major element in the development of heart
disease. Jiaogulan and other adaptogens like it make the body more
resistant to stress.
As a bonus, this herb increases energy levels. But unlike stimulants
that may actually damage blood vessels, jiaogulan makes the cardiovascular
system stronger while increasing your get-up-and-go.
is the name for Jiaogulan in Japan ~ part of Kampo Therapy Tradition
See references to Amachazuru as a sweetener in Sherbet, in a listing
of natural flavorings published by the Ministry of Health and
Welfare or as a picturesque
National Library of Medicine - Published research articles on Jiaogulan
(aka GP or Gynostemma Pentaphylla)
A great source for published medical articles, university research,
clinical alerts, clinic trials and clinic government trials on Gynostemma
Pentaphyllum, saponins, gypenosides and new biochemical elements
If you want to read the technical jargon go tohttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
and search on gynostemma. Otherwise,
we've scanned some of the most pertinent information and summarized
of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA.
"The extensive antioxidant effect of GP may be valuable
in supporting the bodily systems related to liver,
arteriosclerosis and inflammation."
of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical College, Taiwan.
Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and
of Stomatology, Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai 200011,
GP could inhibit and reverse carcinomatous conversions ..., indicating
its positive anticarcinogenic effect.
of Radiation Biology, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin Chu, Taiwan.
Protective effects of Gynostemma pentaphyllum
in gamma-irradiated mice.
farmaceuticke botaniky a ekologie farmaceuticke fakulty Univerzity
Karlovy, Hradec Kralove. Czech Research.
It can may be concluded that saponins could support the
heart and circulatory system.
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A reduction of triglyceride and cholesterol
Academy of TCM and Materia Medica, Changsha, China
The total saponin had actions to stop from
fatigue and to tolerate hypoxia under usual atmospheric pressure.
The above description indicates that the total saponin of Gynostemma
pentaphylla is a better immunomodulator, seems to be like the actions
of some Chinese drugs, for example, Panax ginseng, Astragalus membranaceus
on Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Makino
Activity of Extract from GP Makino
Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino., (family Cucurbitaceae), an indigenous
plant of Southeast Asia has been used in folk medicines to alleviate
symptoms and diseases including cough, migraine, insomnia, hypertension
and diabetes mellitus.
Hypoglycemic activity of G. pentaphyllum has been found in experiments
determining effect of G. pentaphyllum on blood glucose of normoglycemic
rat, and glucose tolerance test. However, the hypoglycemic activity
of G. pentaphyllum was not apparent in alloxan-induced diabetic
rats. The findings indicate that the hypoglycemic activity is due
to an ability to stimulate insulin release from the pancreas but
not insulin like activity. Results from the glucose tolerance test
of which G. pentaphyllum was administered simultaneously with a
glucose load suggest that G. pentaphyllum may also exhibit an inhibitory
effect on glucose absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally,
the cholesterol lowering activity of G. pentaphyllum was detected.
of Italy discusses Gin-Pent Jiaogulan as an invigorator
This article (in Italian) introduces Jiaogulan as part of the zucchini
and cucumber family. As an invigorating tea, Gin-Pent is recommended
for stress, depression and arteriosclerosis. Click here for La
Provinicia's article on Gin-Pent in Italian.
as a vegetable viagra of Italia
This article (in Italian) introduces Jiaogulan as an invigorating
vegetable for increasing sexual performance. Leave it to the Italians
to find this use for our healty tea; we've never thought of it ;).
Click here for Cremona's article on Gin-Pent
Jiaogulan as Vegetable Viagra in Italia.
Herbal Cookbook: Healing Foods from East and West
Ody with Alice Lyon and Dragana Vilinac provides 120 recipes which
include Chinese herbal ingredients or Western herbs adapted for use
in a therapeutic way, and based on the principles of Chinese TM. With
dishes ranging from spiced lamb to Preserving
Youth Jelly (containing Jiaogulan), it seeks to lure readers
into a healthier approach to food. Click
here to order at Amazon.com for US$17.47.
From the book...
"Amachazuru (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), also known in Japan
as gospel herb, may be an anti-aging immune supporter which could
have been shown to increase cell activity. It has also been linked
in recent years support of the cardiovascular system, blood sugar
and lungs. Amachazuru may be an effective tonic to combat fatigue
as well as a relaxant for the whole system. In the West, it is sold
mainly as an herbal infusion."
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