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Q: What is jiaogulan?
A: Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a plant that grows wild in many parts of Asia. It’s sometimes called Southern Ginseng or Miracle Plant.
Q: What is meratrim and does it work?
A: Meratrim is a blend of two herbs — Sphaeranthus Indicus and Garcinia mangostana. Its producers claim that these herbs have various positive effects on the metabolism of fat cells. Does it work? One study funded by InterHealth Nutraceuticals investigated the effects of taking Meratrim for 8 weeks.
Q: What is your cholesterol and triglycerides with jiaogulan?
A: In December 2013 it was 409, Triglycerides 691. After drinking 40 ounces of Jiaogulan for about five weeks, my numbers went down to Cholesterol 289 and Triglycerides 448. Will be going back for another lab test in August 2014.
Q: What are the side effects of jiaogulan?
A: When taken by mouth: Jiaogulan is possibly safe when the tea is used for up to 3 months, and when the extract is used for up to 4 months. The most common side effects are diarrhea and nausea. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if jiaogulan is safe when used long-term.