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Certified Organic Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
Gynostemma is a perennial climbing vine, prized for both its ornamental and healthful properties. It is a member of the cucumber and gourd family, but does not bear the characteristic fruit, instead producing clusters of tiny black berries. The gynostemma carried by Mountain Rose Herbs is from the pentaphyllum species, native to Vietnam, China, and Japan. It can be planted as an annual in temperate climates, but will wilt in direct sunlight and cannot survive the freezing temperatures of winter. Gynostemma is dioecious, meaning that each plant is either male or female and requires both for germination.
In the 1970s, Dr. Masahiro Nagai discovered that gynostemma possesses many of the compounds found in the unrelated ginseng plant, and it is similarly employed as an adaptogen. Like other adaptogens, gynostemma helps the body to maintain balance and optimal health.
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