What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused
by a chemical process called oxidation. Oxygen free radicals, natural
chemicals produced by oxidation, are known to be involved in the
development of several conditions including heart diseases. By limiting
oxidation, Jiaogulan and other antioxidants
may reduce damage to blood vessels and other changes that may contribute
to the development of heart disease.
Although no well-controlled human studies have been conducted (in
the USA) to verify them, a few animal studies and case reports suggest
a limited role for Jiaogulan in tea or capsule form for supporting
both cardiovascular and cholesterol levels. Jiaogulan contains proven
antioxidants, chemicals known as gypenosides.
In addition, Jiaogulan contains a high percentage of saponins,
chemicals that dissolve in both water and oil. In the stomach and
intestines, some saponins may fasten onto cholesterol particles
in the blood, thereby stopping cholesterol absorption by the body
and promoting its elimination. Although saponins from Jiaogulan
have not been studied specifically (in the USA), saponins from other
plant sources also attach to bile, effectively removing it from
circulation. The body then has to use some dietary or stored cholesterol
to make more bile, further reducing the amount of cholesterol that
stays in the blood.
Traditionally, saponins has been used for joint support. Although
little research supports the specific use of Jiaogulan for supporting
joints, some researchers believe that saponins generally may interfere
with the production of a chemical that keeps the body from making
new cartilage for joints. Saponins may also have anti-inflammatory
As an antioxidant, Jiaogulan may also have potential as an immune-stimulating
agent. The antioxidant effects of Jiaogulan may also protect the
liver from some of the damage caused by certain drugs or chemicals
or by chronic alcohol abuse. These possible effects need further
study to prove or disprove them.
Reportedly, Jiaogulan and other saponin-containing herbal products
have been applied to the scalp for dandruff maintenance and to the
skin for relief of eczema and psoriasis. None of these possible
uses have been proved by study results. Jiaogulan’s soapy
consistency does, however, make it a good soap or shampoo substitute.
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