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Gynostemma (Jiaogulan) for bodybuilding

General discussion of medicinal plants and their use.

Post Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:01 am

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Hi everyone, new to the forums here so pardon me if I am posting in the wrong place. I was looking to find some knowledge and to hear people's experiences with using Gynostemma pentaphyllum for muscle building purposes. I have been getting into using adaptogens for this purpose and have been using Ashwagandha for a while now. I was looking into the different types of ginseng when I came across Gynostemma which people claim to be far more potent than ginseng so I got myself a bunch.

I've been on them for a while and was looking to hear what other peoples experience on it was, specifically with regard to athletes and building muscle? But at the same time, I was also a little uneased by the 'gyno' part of the herb. After doing some research I wasn't able to find any proper evidence to indicate why it was named that way and was worried if it has anything to do with increasing estrogen?

P.S - I am looking to learn more and grow with adaptogens and make this a life long change so if people think there would be better forums to discuss this on then please do let me know.

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Our research shows that puncture vine, Tribulus terrestris, is used by body builders in Eastern Europe. It has a fairly narrow margin of safety. Works for some and not others.

We use it in our Male Fertility formula.


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