Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a herb mostly found in the southern provinces of China. It grows wild and is commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. Although it isn’t botanically related to ginseng it does have properties that are closely related, containing some of the same compounds including saponins. These properties have led to it being used in the same way as ginseng. It also contains sterols, flavonoids and chlorophyl.
The herb is classified as a gypenoside and is an adaptogenic that helps the body to adapt to stress and may enhance memory, boost immunity and improve sports performance.
It has been described as the ‘immortality herb’ because natives in the Guizhou Province who drink the tea daily are reputed to live long healthy lives.
What are the benefits of gynostemma?
Gynostemma pentaphyllum has a growing reputation and studies indicate to help to promote AMPK, a molecule that acts as a ‘master switch’ for metabolism. AMPK senses and responds to low levels ATP, the energy provider for cells. It turns up processes in cells and mitochondria to enhance the conversion of food into energy. It appears to have an adaptive response to increase ATP capacity not just at the time but also for the future. This action supports healthy ageing and cellular function.
Gynostemma contains an extract known as actiponin. In a study researchers gave 80 obese patients 450mg actiponin or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. The jiaogulan group had increased weight loss and a greater reduction in abdominal fat and general body fat mass.
Gynostemma is believed to promote antioxidant defences and research has associated this antioxidant activity to supporting a healthy liver and contributing towards normal blood sugar levels. It is also believed to promote healthy gut flora.
There is much work still to be done but scientists are looking into whether this miraculous herb works to boost the action of sirtuins which help to regulate cellular health.
How can I get more gynostemma in my diet?
In China gynostemma is consumed mostly in teas, however in the western world we normally take it in the form of supplements. Rejuvenated Re-set capsule contains gynostemma amongst other herbs and antioxidants to help to promote healthy metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Discover more on Re-set here.