A comparative study of the effects and side-effects of caffeine and Gynostemma Pentaphyllum (jiaogulan) would surely put to rest the ongoing debate on which is better between the two. Here are some salient points of comparison between caffeine and Gynostemma that you should take note: As an Antioxidant: Caffeine is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans, while Gynostemma appears to be the main source of antioxidants for many people in the East. Antioxidants are bodily molecules that prevent oxidation of other bodily molecules. Oxidation produces free radicals that could damage cells. Caffeine, as an antioxidant, is known to protect against liver cirrhosis, colonRead More →