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Other Names - English: Poor Man's ginseng, Fairy Herb, Immortality, Jagulan, Miracle Grass, Five Leaf Ginseng, Sweet Tea Vine, Gospel Herb. Japanese: amachazuru (kanji: hiragana: literally amacha=sweet, cha=tea, zuru=vine). Korean language: dungkulcha or dolwe. Thai: jiaogulan. Vietnamese: Giảo cổ lam
Origin - China
Flavor Profile - Sweet
Typical Preparations - Powdered form may be encapsulated as a dietary supplement, as well as used in baking.
Equine Usage - In horses, Jiaogulan supports circulation in the feet, which nourishes the tissue. Jiaogulan is very palatable and readily accepted by horses. It is also economical, with servings as small as 2000 to 8000 mg typically effective.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is in growing demand as its benefits leak beyond the bounds of Chinese medicine into the western world. Gynostemma, known as Jiaogulan in Chinese medicine, has long been considered an “immortality herb” in the regions of Asia where it is native to, including Southwest China, Vietnam and Japan.
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Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, also known as the sweet tea by locals, has a naturally sweet taste and is often called southern ginseng due to its high saponin compounds which are similar to ginseng.
Jiaogulan has potent antioxidant potential via increased levels of the enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and research has also shown that Jiaogulan strongly supports activity of the eNOS enzyme system, which stands for endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase.