“Use your health to gain wealth, and then use your wealth to regain your health,” is a saying about how a lot of people belabor themselves to gain wealth, only to find themselves spending all their hard-earned money to regain their health. Taking care of your health is like taking care of your car. If you want your car to be always in a topnotch condition, you should engage in regular maintenance of your car instead of doing a one-time repair of your car.
Similarly, taking care of your health requires maintaining the homeostasis within your body on a regular basis. This means that you should eat and drink healthy food and engage in regular exercises consistently. Diseases usually start with the onset of any little imbalance in your body. It is, therefore, necessary to regulate the functioning of your body in the same way that you would take care of your beloved car.
High LDL Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Diseases
One factor that is largely contributory to the development of many diseases is the high-level of bad cholesterol in your blood and cells. The liver is the organ responsible for the creation of most cholesterol within the body; the rest of body cholesterol, however, comes from the food that you eat daily. Cholesterol in your blood usually travels in packets of molecules called “lipoproteins.” There are two types of lipoproteins, namely, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol that usually forms as plaque within the arteries, and High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Moreover, the condition in which there is an abnormally elevated level of cholesterol in the blood is called “Hypercholesterolemia.”
The continuous increase in the level of LDL-cholesterol also increases the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases. Plaque development in the arteries usually throttle the flow of blood along the arteries and these buildups of plaques eventually may lead to different types of diseases.
How Does Gynostemma Work to Reduce Cholesterol?
In a study conducted about the effects of Gynostemma extract on Hypercholesterolemia, it was found that Gynostemma can reduce the level of triglyceride and cholesterol in the body. In another study conducted in 2011 in South Korea, Gynostemma has been found to promote the activation of AMPK or AMP-activated protein kinase. This enzyme plays a critical role in the cellular energy homeostasis. Its effects include hepatic fatty acid oxidation, lipogenesis, triglyceride synthesis, cholesterol synthesis, and many more.
The production of AMPK is radically reduced as a person ages, and this reduction in the signaling of AMPK leads to various maladies like elevated blood sugar, increased belly fat, high cholesterol, and many other diseases.
The abovementioned study conducted in the South Korean University showed that Gynostemma has two saponins called “Damulin A” and “Damulin B” which are known to vigorously activate AMPK. This vigorous activation of AMPK by Gynostemma extract would surely lead to greater lipid and glucose metabolism.
Follow-up Studies on Gynostemma
A follow-up study was conducted in 2014 wherein Gynostemma extract called “action” was administered to a group of overweight participants for a period of 12 weeks. The result of this study showed a remarkable reduction in the weight and body fat of the subjects which led the researchers to conclude that the regular intake of Gynostemma extract can lead to the reduction of bad cholesterol within the body.
The same effect of cholesterol reduction is also found among those people who regularly take Gynostemma tea. If you are looking, therefore, for an herb that could radically reduce the cholesterol level of your body, you should strongly consider Gynostemma as one of your options.