Life is a voyage of endurance, and our health is our most important traveling companion. It will help to support all our adventures and things that we would like to experience. But, what can support our health, and help us to endure the many things life can throw at us?
In today’s modern concept of 24 hour medicine we expect our modern healers, medical doctors, to fix all our medical problems with conventional treatments within a 24 hour period. However, we need to ask ourselves if the answer to many of our health problems can be found in nature.
Jiaogulan – the Herbal alternative
Jiaogulan ( Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is often called the Miracle herb but perhaps a better name would be the Endurance herb. This humble Chinese herb is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a range of conditions, and can help to support our bodies to increase both our endurance and resistance against disease.
The active ingredients in Jiaogulan will not only help our bodies to breakdown cholesterol more effectively but it can also help us to ward off dementia related conditions.
In China it is known that people who drink Jiaogulan tea live longer and suffer less from health conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and even Alzheimer’s. Modern day research attributes the health giving affects of this humble vine to the plethora of saponins and antioxidants which are contained within the plant.
The Energy Factor
The approach of Western medicine is very different from TCM ( Traditional Chinese Medicine). Conventional treatments often focus on treating a condition whilst many traditional Chinese natural remedies focus on preventing the health problem to occur in the first place.
The importance of energy, and balance of energy, has long been recognized in TCM. Our own Western medicine is only now beginning to recognize the importance of energy in healing and preventing illnesses. When we improve our energy levels, our bodies can fight off and endure illnesses much better. The end result is life extension and longevity, the true meaning of endurance.
The number one killers are still circulatory disorders, diabetes and dementia related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is directly related to energy as sufferers will have lower levels of dopamine in the brain. A well balanced dopamine level will help to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and allow our brains to stay healthier for longer. When the brain’s dopamine level is well balanced, our overall health will improve and we will notice our memory will function better.
We often forget that brain health and memory function are two of the most important indicators of health. Without dopamine and energy we would not be able to endure many of the tasks that we face on an everyday basis.
The Active Ingredients
What makes Jiaogulan so special? Chinese researcher have started to breakdown and prove the affects of the many active ingredients within Jiaogulan. Recent research carried out in China using crude Polysaccharides extracted from Jiaogulan proved to increase an endurance whilst exercising and improved recovery time.
But what are crude Polysaccharides? Crude Polysaccharides are powerful antioxidants that can be found in fruit bearing plants, algae but Jiaogulan is richer in these antioxidants than any other plant or herb. They can help to fight of inflammation, support our cells to produce more energy.
When our cells are encouraged to produce more energy, they will divide at a more balanced pattern which means that the likelihood of rogue cells such as cancer cells occurring decrease. This will increase our bodies resistant to disease and at the same time increase our endurance.
In other words, the more energy our cells are able to produce, the longer we will stay healthy and our lifespan will be increased. If, a sport person took capsules, or was injected with, crude Polysaccharides, he would be able to run or swim for longer.
Chinese researchers have proved this theory by feeding crude Polysaccharides to rats for a period of 30 days. The control group consisted of ten rates out of which five were fed the substance in accordance to body weight.
After 30 days the group was subjected to a swimming test. The five rats who had been fed the crude Polysaccharides were able to swim for a longer period of time, and also recovered quicker. All ten rats were also given liver glycogen tests which showed increased levels of liver glycogen in the crude Polysaccharides fed rats.
This test proves that energy storage was increased and at the same time the rats were able to expand more energy. To further explain the result, it is worthwhile to point out our bodies store energy as fat and glycogen. On this occasion the energy expanded was derived from glycogen.
Who should be using Jiaogulan as a supplement?
The honest answer is that we all should. This herb is many times stronger and more effective than Ginseng, and ongoing research indicates that it can provide the first line of defense against many diseases.
It will help us to better endure anything that may afflict us by increasing the body’s energy levels naturally. When our bodies have enough energy, they can fight off many of the diseases that we associate with modern day life.
This is what makes Jiaogulan so effective when it comes to combating diabetes, balancing cholesterol, reducing heart disease and increasing the brain’s dopamine levels to ward off Alzheimer’s.
Different Forms of Jiaogulan
There are different forms of treatment quality Jiaogulan available, but it is important that what ever form you use is derived from organic Jiaogulan. Not only is this more effective but it is also less likely to have been affected by pollutants such as heavy metals.
Jiaogulan tea is widely available, and can be bought online plus in Chinese stores. In China a product called tea-pills are also available, and they are fine for long term used.
Here in the West we can also find Jiaogulan available in capsule format which will allows you to control the dosage more effectively.
Jiaogulan should not at any time be seen as a “one off treatment.” As it is not associated with any harmful side effects, it can be used on an everyday basis no matter how old or young you are. Can it improve and strengthen your health? Anything that increases our energy levels to further our endurance can improve and strengthen our health, however, Jiaogulan does so more effectively.