Jiaogulan is a wild plant that grows mostly in China and some other countries of Asia. The Chinese have used the herb for several years due to its medicinal properties. In fact, local regions wherein the growth of the plant is high, consumption in the form of tea is popular. Jiaogulan is also referred to as Southern Ginseng, as it grows in South Central China and is similar to Ginseng in terms of chemical function and composition. Certain scientists and experts have also recognized it as an ‘Immortality Herb’ due to its health-benefitting properties and anti-ageing qualities.
The therapeutic effect of Jiaogulan and the ability to prevent illnesses was discovered by Japanese scientists in the late 1970s. The herb had similar characteristics as Ginseng but was a better alternative in several ways. Jiaogulan is both an adaptogenic herb and an antioxidant herb. It comprises several beneficial saponins along with minerals, vitamins, proteins and amino acids.
Jiaogulan contains large quantities of saponins. This is not the case with Ginseng. The Greater composition of saponins creates a powerful effect on various systems of the body, such as reproduction, mental functions, digestion, blood pressure, immunity, and more.
The herb also improves cholesterol levels in the body. Patients suffering from cholesterol problems must consume Jiaogulan in whatever form they prefer. It enhances the ability of the liver to send sugar and carbohydrates to the muscles for energy conversion, rather than letting sugar convert to triglycerides that are stored as fat. The herb reduces bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and improves good cholesterol levels (HDL). It enhances the body’s metabolism to cut down fat, and reduce blood fat levels.
Apart from rectifying cholesterol problems, the miracle herb also helps in weight management. An underweight individual can better absorb nutrients to gain weight as lean muscle mass if he/she is consuming Jiaogulan.
Ways to consume Jiaogulan leaves
The most popular way to consume Jiaogulan leaves is in the form of tea. Preparation is simple and you may add sugar depending on your own taste buds. However, once you’ve enjoyed that pot of hot Jiaogulan tea, what do you do with the infused leaves? Generally, these are thrown in the bin but if you act wisely, you could actually put them in pasta, stir fry and salads. The infused leaves increase roughage quantity and enhance the taste of the dishes.
The dried and powdered form of Jiaogulan can be used in cookies, cakes, ice creams, and muffins. The herb was discovered in Japan as a natural sweetener over 20 years ago and is popularly used in different flavours of bottled drinks and ice cream.
How much Jiaogulan Tea to consume?
It is recommended that you consume 4 to 8 cups of Jiaogulan tea per day from Immotalitea. If you are consuming it in powdered form as a sweetener or as a tonic, then the consumption quantity would vary. Start with the intake of 1 to 2 cups per day and gradually increase on the basis of your body’s reaction. Each individual is different and you must analyze the way your body adjusts to the tea.