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Does Gynostemma pentaphyllum really work as an AMPK activator and help for diabetes, high cholesterol, or weight loss?
Gynostemma pentaphyllum (also known as jiaogulan) is an herb native to China and Vietnam. As a supplement, an extract of Gynostemma pentaphyllum known as ActivAMP is often promoted as an "AMPK activator," i.e., activating the enzyme AMP-activated protein Kinase (AMPK), which stimulates sugar intake in skeletal muscles. Consequently, it has been promoted for improving metabolism, as well as for increasing energy and for anti-aging effects. This has led to further promotion of it as a treatment for people with type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol, as well as for weight loss. We investigated the evidence behind these potential uses. See our complete answer >>