Holistic Nutrition: Benefits of Gynostemma Tea

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I often recommend herbal tea for people to consume. Each tea has small medicinal benefits that improve health with time. Chamomile can help you relax before bed, peppermint can help you digest your food, licorice can help you recover from burnout and ginger tea can be antibacterial helping you fight off infections.

Which one should you choose? Well, if you suffer from any of those issues, that’s the tea for you. If you don’t have any major symptoms and your looking for a tea simply to improve your health and possibly extend your life, my suggestion would be to consume Gynostemma daily.

Unlike most herbal teas found in the grocery store, it is not mostly fruit base with a ton of added sugars. Gynostemma is a leaf similar to green tea minus the caffeine. It has a more defined and distinct taste and greater antioxidant properties. It has been found to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, as well as inhibit cancer growth.

Gynostemma is also a very well known adoptogen. Adopteginc herbs keep the body at homeostasis and help your body adapt to stress at a cellular level. If you need energy they will help pick you up. If you need rest they help you to relax. Gynostemma could be consumed in the morning or evening without the jitters you get from a cup of Joe.

Interesting fact about the Gynostemia: during a census survey in China, they found that the provinces of Guangxi and Shicuan in Southern China a large group of people lived past the age of 100. The main dietary difference found is the consumption of this tea. In 1978, the Chinese government enlisted 16 scientists to study and record the benefits, which can be found in over 300 human and animal studies.

Looking to purchase Gynostemma tea in Calgary? It can be found at Community Natural Foods,Amaranth Whole Foods Market, and The Light Cellar.

Article by Josh Stryde, nutrition coach and personal trainer at Edgemont World Health.

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