Gynostemma or “Jiaogulan” is an adaptogenic herb. An adaptogen is a substance.
Saponins are what gives this powerful herb it’s ability as an adaptogen. It has the largest amount of saponins of any natural plant. There are over 80 of them contained in Gynostema. This is over four time the amount found in ginseng The saponins in Gynostemma are called “gypenosides”.
These are similar to the ginsenosides in ginseng. Some of these saponins actually convert to ginsenosides when ingested.
When you take Gynostemma, you get the benefits of saponins and ginsenosides. Gynostemma is also much cheaper than ginseng, making it a very popular health supplement.
This herb is very popular with athletes and bodybuilders because of it’s strength and endurance enhancing properties. It can actually help build lean muscle and reduce fatigue.
Gynostemma also contains many important mineral, trace minerals, amino acids and vitamins that are helpful to the body in general. It really is a powerful herb.