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Benefits of Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) in Plain English
(Text Version)


Quite simply, because you will feel better and live longer. Jiaogulan is a treasure from the ancient past that is now scientifically proven to help with almost all of the diseases associated with aging.

No other herb or drug does so much and it has no side effects for most people. 

Feel More Energy – Jiaogulan improves blood flow bringing more oxygen to the entire body. [1] It also activates you most important metabolic controller AMPK which when activated, provides more energy and reduced fat storage. [i]

Like How You Look In the Mirror –
With increased metabolism and improved fat burning you’ll find it easier to lose weight. Research shows jiaogulan is especially powerful in reducing dangerous abdominal fat. [ii]

Stop Counting Every Grain of Sugar – In a 2010 study reported in the Journal “Homone and Metabolic Research”, researchers gave diabetics jiaogulan tea 3 times per day for 12 weeks and compared the results to a control group given regular green tea.

When compared to the control group, the jiaogulan drinkers experienced,

500% greater improvement blood glucose levels, 900% greater improvement in insulin levels and a siginificant improvement in insulin resistance compared to the control group who’s average insulin resistance actually worsened a small amount. [iii]

Enjoy Your Love Life Again –
Jiaogulan increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including the genitals. Improved genital blood flow results in increased sexual activity and reported pleasure. Jiaogulan is widely used in China for treating erectile dysfunction and enhanced female sexual interest. [iv]

Get Relief From Daily Aches and Pains – Jiaogulan increases you body’s natural SOD production, which in turn reduces chronic inflammation. [v] It also increases production of Nitric Oxide, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.[v]

Think More Clearly and Improve Your Memory – Jiaogulan has been shown to improve cognition and spatial recognition by stimulating increased blood flow to the brain. Researchers also found in multiple studies that jiaogulan exhibits a neuroprotective effect and it is under development as a potential aide to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. [vi] [vii]

Stop Catching Every Passing Flu or Cold – Increased blood flow through improved Nitric Oxide levels, increased anti-oxidant power achieved with improved natural SOD production both are shown to greatly strengthen the immune system making you less vulnerable to seasonal bugs. [viii]

Save Money and Break the Stranglehold of Big Pharma – How much money to you spend every year on prescription drugs? Are they really helping? Three simple cups of delicious tea each day could save you thousands of dollars and let big pharma know they’ve failed again to keep a person from finding natural answers for their health.

Research Notes:

  • [i] AMP-activated protein kinase, a metabolic master switch: possible roles in type 2 diabetes. Am J Physiol. 1999
  • [ii] New dammarane-type glucosides as potential activators of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) from Gynostemma pentaphyllum. Bioorg Med Chem. 2011 Nov 1;19(21):6254-60.
  • [iii] “Antidiabetic Effect of Gynostemma pentaphyllum Tea in Randomly Assigned Type 2 Diabetic Patients, Horm Metab Res 2010; 42(5)
  • [iv] “A Review: Herbs Used as Sex Stimulants”, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology Volume 3, Number 1, January-June 2011,
  • [v] “Therapeutic potential of superoxide dismutase (SOD) for resolution of inflammation” Inflamm. res. (2006) 55: 359.
  • [vi] “Neuroprotective Effects of Herbal Ethanol Extracts from Gynostemma pentaphyllum in the 6-Hydroxydopamine-Lesioned Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease”, Molecules 2010, 15(4), 2814-2824
  • [vii] “Preconditioning of brain slices against hypoxia induced injury by a Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract – Stimulation of anti-oxidative enzyme expression,” PhytomedicineVolume 19, Issues 8–9, 15 June 2012, Pages 812–818
  • [viii] “Review: Free radicals, antioxidants, and the immune system,” Ann Clin Lab Sci Spring 2000 vol. 30 no. 2 145-158a

As always, I am not a doctor and not qualified to offer medical advice. If you have any concerns about our products or their potential interactions with your condition or other medications you might be taking, PLEASE do discuss with your doctor. 

Our products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. The information provided on our site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. 

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  • I am an herbalist who researches various plants for medicinal purposes. One that recently came to my attention is this herb – gynostemma (jiaogulan). It is considered to have many valuable properties similar to adaptogens such as the ginseng family, used for overall health and vitality. Most recently I learned of its benefits to the brain and I will copy the abstract here:
    Gynostemma pentaphyllum Ethanolic Extract Protects Against Memory Deficits in an MPTP-Lesioned Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease Treated with L-DOPA.

    J Med Food. 2017 Jan;20(1):11-18

    Authors: Kim KS, Zhao TT, Shin KS, Park HJ, Cho YJ, Lee KE, Kim SH, Lee MK

    This study investigated the effects of ethanol extract from Gynostemma pentaphyllum (GP-EX) on memory deficits in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned mouse model of Parkinson’s disease (PD) (MPTP-lesioned mice). MPTP (30 mg/kg/day, 5 days)-lesioned mice showed deficits of habit learning memory and spatial memory, which were further aggravated by treatment with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) (25 mg/kg, 21 days). However, treatment with GP-EX (50 mg/kg, 21 days) ameliorated memory deficits in MPTP-lesioned mice treated with L-DOPA (25 mg/kg): GP-EX prevented the decreases in retention latency time in the passive avoidance test and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunopositive cells and dopamine levels in the nigrostriatum. GP-EX also reduced increases in retention transfer latency time of the elevated plus-maze test and expression of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and improved decreases in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) and cyclic AMP-response element binding protein (CREB) in the hippocampus in the same models. By contrast, L-DOPA treatment (10 mg/kg, 21 days) ameliorated memory deficits in MPTP-lesioned mice, which were further improved by GP-EX treatment. These results suggest that GP-EX ameliorates habit learning memory deficits by activating dopaminergic neurons and spatial memory deficits by modulating NMDA receptor-ERK1/2-CREB system in MPTP-lesioned mice treated with L-DOPA. GP-EX may serve as an adjuvant phytonutrient for memory deficits in PD.
    PMID: 28005447 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

    jaJan K on

  • Hi Barbara,

    Please see this link in our help area.

    Ralph on

  • Hi Vee, Lower blood pressure is what I tried to imply by saying “improved blood flow”. I was trying to be FDA correct.

    Ralph on

  • When I first ordered jaogulan you told me it was for help in lowering blood pressure. Now your saying it’s for other things and no mention of blood pressure. What’s the story?

    Vee on

  • Are the capsules as effective as drinking the tea? What is the difference between the two?

    Barbara Bond on

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