Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Benefits

Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a common plant originated from China and some Asian countries. It is used widely in food industry like for herbal teas and so on. This type plant have a similar property as ginseng especially for its anti-aging benefits. It contains a variety of nutrients and antioxidants like proteins, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Recent scientific studies also found some special health benefits of this plant which are not found in other plants.

Chinese scientists found that gynostemma pentaphyllum is able to enhance liver and muscles capabilities of turning sugar into energy instead of fat. By reducing the number of bad cholesterol and increaseing good cholesterol in the blood, it is able to lower total cholesterol level for the human body. It can also prevent the occurrence of platelet aggregation in the blood which may cause a similar effect as the high cholesterol levels. Also, it can help regulate the blood pressure. A recent study from the United States on 225 patients found that it can provide a 82% effective rate for regulating blood pressure compared with the rate of 46% using ginseng.

Moreover, this herb has a balancing effect for the human’s nervous system. It can calm down excessive irritation or excitement which can cause the depression. A recent study also found that 90-95% of the volunteers taking this herb have an obvious improved sleep during the night. This herb can also enhance strength, endurance and lower human reaction time, and it is therefore the ideal herbal nutrient for athletes. This herb can increase the body’s secretion of superoxide dismutase, which is a anti-oxidants capable of making people live longer. In fact, if you can take 20 milligrams a day and for at least one month, you can easily have a superoxide dismutase level similar with a young person. These nutrients can help reduce the amount of superoxide radicals and hydrogen peroxide in the blood. Moreover, it is able to reduce cholesterol and free radicals in the blood. As a result, it is helpful to reduce stress and blood pressure, and thus lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and stroke.

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