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Jiaogulan: health benefits and active ingredients

  1. Jiaogulan (???, Gynostemma pentaphyllum), also called the 'herb of immortality' or immortality herb in China's Guizhou province, has been used as a tea in (parts of) China for centuries. The plant came to the fore because in China's Guizhou Province, located in the southwestern part of the country, the proportion of people over 100 years old is well above the overall population average. This is attributed to the regular consumption of this tea. In Japan, Jiaogulan is also known as amachazuru, which means 'sweet tea tank' because of its sweet taste.

As tea or in dishes

  1. Jiaogulan is mainly used as a tea, which can be made from fresh or dried leaves. A teaspoon of dried leaves is soaked in ¼ liter of hot water and allowed to infuse for a maximum of 5 minutes. The tea is tasty and slightly sweet, although it tastes better from fresh leaves. The young, fresh, crunchy shoots can also be used to enrich salads or Eastern (side) dishes. The taste is comparable to that of ginseng. This licorice root

Active ingredients in the herb of immortality

  1. Saponins

Side effects of jiaogulan

  1. General In some people, taking jiaogulan tea on an empty stomach may cause mild nausea

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