Losing weight is not simply about looking good. It is also about feeling good and energetic, and improving the quality of your life in a number of substantial ways. A recent research study suggests that even small amount of weight loss, as low as 5 %, has whopping health benefits  and reduces the underlying risk factors for many chronic, life-threatening and incapacitating diseases such as type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Excess body weight is also linked with infertility, pregnancy complications, joint pain, sleeping disorder, depression, asthma and even cancer.
Jiaogulan, or Gynostemma pentaphyllum, is a relatively lesser known herb but is one with outstanding health benefits. With more than 170 different types of saponins, Jiaogulan stands above most herbs for its tremendous disease preventing properties. Saponins are naturally occurring chemical compounds that give many herbs, including ginseng, their wide-ranging therapeutic qualities. The fact is Jiaogulan is known to contain the largest variety of these special compounds in comparison to any other plant; with ginseng containing only 28 different types of saponins!