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FAQ - Jiaogulan Facts

  • Q. What is jiaogulan (jee-OW-goo-lawn), also known as gynostemma?

    A. Jiaogulan, scientifically known as Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, is an herbaceous (non-woody) vine native to the southern hills of China where locals, who have a known tendency to live long, healthy lives of 100 years or longer, drink this bitter sweet herb as a tea. They refer to it as the 'Herb of Immortality' hence, we've coined the trade name, Immortalitea™.

    We grow our Immortalitea™ in the fresh mountain air of Chiang Mai, Thailand in the foothills of the Himalayas. So you can enjoy the same refreshing tea with greater health benefits from Immortalitea™, and for those busy people on the go, in capsule form.

  • Q. What is unique about jiaogulan from Immortalitea™?

    A. Immortalitea's organic jiaogulan leaf was awarded 1st Prize for the Best Tasting Tea by Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Public Health. No other tea company can offer you this level of quality in terms of Jiaogulan.

    We use only rolled leaves in our tea with no stalks giving it a slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste, with no medicinal or bitter after-taste. It gets sweeter the longer it sits.

  • Q. What are the benefits of jiaogulan?

    A. Jiaogulan is an adaptogenic and antioxidant herb with 4 times more active ingredients than ginseng. Only 1 in every 400 plants is an adaptogen, and they are exceptional in that they help the body achieve balance, to self-regulate as needed, supporting the bodily systems such as the circulatory system, digestive system, immune response, mental function and others. This is one of the most powerful jiaogulan facts

    The active ingredient in jiaogulan is saponins, also known as gypenosides. There are over 80 found in jiaogulan making it a source of one of the highest concentrations you can give your body. Studies link saponins intake to increases in blood flow to all organs. When you are active or stressed, better-nourished organs return your body to a healthy state naturally.

    Athletes who included jiaogulan in their training regimen reported feeling less tense and more focused. Antioxidants are known to aid in muscle recovery.

  • Q. Does jiaogulan contain caffeine?

    A. This is one of the jiaogulan facts that most people love – Jiaogulan gives the body an extra energy boost without the use of caffeine. It's naturally stimulating!

  • Q. Is jiaogulan safe to take during pregnancy and breast-feeding?

    A. Until further human studies, jiaogulan is not recommended during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or for small children.

  • Q. Are there any side effects to taking jiaogulan?

    A. Slight nausea and increased bowel movements have been reported with extreme dosage. As with any herb, start your usage gradually and increase intake over time.

  • Q. What drug interactions should I watch out for?

    A. In studies, jiaogulan shows effects on the circulatory and immune systems. Consult your health care provider if you are on medications with effect on these systems.

  • Q. Immortalitea™ leaves are similar in shape and sweetness to that of stevia. Is it in the same family?

    A. Jiaogulan is not related to the stevia family. It is actually a member of the cucumber family. It grows in characteristic five leaf clusters and is a low laying vine or ground cover. There are no added sweeteners or additives. Only 100% organic jiaogulan leaf!

  • Q. How do I prepare jiaogulan?

    A. To prepare a great tasting cup of tea, start with the best water you can find (i.e. chlorine will destroy taste). Remove it from the heat just as it begins to boil.

    Use about 1 teaspoon/1gm of jiaogulan per 8 oz/250ml cup of water. When brewing a pot, add 1 teaspoon/1gm for every 8oz/250ml of water plus an extra spoon of tea for the pot. Really fresh tea does not need to brew long, between 2-5 minutes. You can infuse the leaves up to 3 times. Just increase the length of brewing for each consecutive pot. Do not reuse the leaves the next day.

    Connoisseur's Tip: Give the tea leaves a quick rinse in hot water for 10-30 seconds to remove residue. Discard the rinse water and prepare as mentioned above.

  • Q. How much jiaogulan should I drink?

    A. Simply put, you may drink as much as you feel your body needs. We recommend 4 to 8 cups of tea per day. When taking jiaogulan capsules as a whole-food supplement, take 2 to 6 capsules, 2 to 3 times daily.

  • Q. Can I prepare Immortalitea™ as an ice tea?

    A. Yes! Jiaogulan makes a refreshing iced tea. Just prepare the tea as normal and then chill.

  • Q. How can I keep my loose-leaf jiaogulan fresh?

    A. If stored in a sealed container in a cool, dark place, your jiaogulan will keep for up to 18 months. Best taste and health benefits are within 3-6 months of the package being opened.

  • Q. Is Immortalitea™ available in tea bags?

    A. Presently, we do not offer tea bags. Though, tea bags are convenient, they're just not the best way to serve a naturally flavorful whole-leaf tea.

    You'll be interested to know that the leaves of gynostemma are edible, thus, another reason why tea bags aren't necessary. You can enjoy nibbling on the bitter sweet tea leaves as they settle in your cup.

  • Q. Is Immortalitea's jiaogulan organic?

    A. Yes! Immortalitea™ jiaogulan is cultivated organically (Thailand Licensed) and processed without the use of any chemicals, preservatives or additives.

  • Q. Is Immortalitea™ a safe product coming from Asia?

    A. Yes! We grow, process, produce and test our Immortalitea™ following guidelines set forth by the International Standards Organization (ISO) for consumables.

  • Q. Is Immortalitea™ a Fair Trade Product?

    A. Yes! Our jiaogulan growers received 30 times the return compared to rice and cabbages grown in the same area. Also, jiaogulan is an alternative cash crop sponsored by Thailand for opium eradication.

    Note: The USA Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

The information provided on our site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice nor to replace medical advice from your physician. * Our products have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.