Gynostemma / Miracle Grass
Gynostemma is native to South-East Asia and has been admired for thousands of years for its ability to prolong life. Commonly known as the “Herb of Immortality” in China, the Chinese traditionally drink Jiaogulan tea to boost energy, endurance, strength and, to combat fatigue. Also known as “poor man’s ginseng,” Gynostemma is a highly powerful adaptogen.
Gynostemma is a wonderful source of antioxidants and nutrients as it contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals, including selenium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
Gynostemma is also a powerful heart tonic. A study by Vanderbilt University found that one of the saponins found in Gynostemma facilitates the release of nitric oxide by the blood vessels. This in turn causes them to relax, permitting increased blood flow, thus lowering high blood pressure and decreasing the risk of athersclerosis. The study also showed that this herb has blood thinning properties, reducing the aggregation of blood platelets and ameliorating the build up of plaque.
Wildcrafted Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) powder^ from Yunnan, China
Add 1tsp to 8 fl oz of hot but not boiling water, tea, or your favorite beverage.