Jiaogulan is an herb clinically proven to increase human longevity. Commonly used as a tea it supports many different bodily systems in order to help ease the damage life places to the body. It is classified as an adaptogen, which is a natural herbal enhancement that has a calming effect on the body. Let’s take it one step at a time.
Direct effects on the body are usually what people want to know about, what it actually does. It is a mood enhancer and a stress reliever, used for depression, anxiety, stress headaches Alzheimer’s etc. It balances neurotransmitters in the brain. This increases mental capabilities along the lines of attention span and focus. A calm mind leads to much easier usage of said mind.
Although not directly used for cardiovascular health this plant does have some effects on this system. These include but are not limited to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, lightly thinning the blood, and strengthening cardiovascular mitochondria. It is a model plant to use for those with high heart risk factors including stroke and heart attack.
This plant contains saponins, also known as gypenosides, the ingredients behind the calming effect. Also found in a common more household name Ginseng. The latter does have an effect on the body but only about a third as much. Jiaogulan can contain up to 82 different types of saponins. Lastly we have antioxidants.
High levels of these prevent damage from toxic materials that shorten the lives of our cells. Many of these can be found in supplements and have similar effects, but they don’t contain the variety and still yet unproven benefits the plant contains as a whole. As of yet the best usage is considered in tea form.
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