Diabetic’s Rejoice over “Longevity Fruit”

A new sugar substitute has hit the American market and it will not raise your blood sugar level. 
This small gourd is the size of your palm and it’s 300 times sweeter than sugar by weight, and the locals of this Asian fruit know it as Lo Han Guo or Longevity Fruit.  
It got it's name because the folks that grow and often eat Lo Han Guo have an unusually high number of people within their communities living over 100 years. Nobody really knows whether its the fruit they eat but the name stuck anyway. 
What really makes this fruit so special is a chemical called mogrosides, in addition to glucose and fructose, which give it a very sweet, sugary flavor.  It has now been developed into a non-caloric sweetener to compete with other herbal sweeteners such as stevia. We just added it to our store, since it's rare to find in health food stores, check it out. The fruit is also high in vitamin C, a small handful of fresh fruit contains 400 mg to 500 mg.
Lou Han Guo's real claim to fame comes from over 200 years of use as a Chinese herb for dry cough, dry skin, dry mouth and a throat remedy. Boil it and drink the water as a tea to help sooth a sore throat, stop a dry cough, moisten the mouth and nasal passages and help prevent constipation by moistening the intestines.  Chinese medicine researchers have been studying  and using this herb for acute bronchitis, tonsillitis and gastritis. That’s enough "itises" for one herb, well it's both a food and an herb in Asia.   Like many Chinese herbs there are plenty of recipes that are complemented with Lo Han Guo. A sweet pork dish is one of the most common.   
This fruit or a many know it, Chinese herb, is found dried in many local Asian markets in the states. It’s small, light brown in color and very light weight. To use as a soothing throat tea you simply crack the gourd, place in a pot with 2-3 cups of water. Simmer it for 30-45 minutes and then strain out the seeds and shell. I find the tea/extract much too sweet to drink without diluting. I often add it to a pitcher of hot or ice tea as a natural sweetener.
Lou Han Guo is also used to prevent respiratory tract infections, high blood pressure and is an adjuvant treatment for diabetes.  Because lo han guo can reduce blood sugar it’s also for those who want to lose weight. Recent research suggests the mogrosides work as an antioxidant that can help prevent cancer and is proving useful for those with Epstein-Barr virus. The Food and Drug Administration classifies lou han guo as a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) product. You can find lou han guo tea sold in ready to dissolve cubes and Lo Han SweetTM  the sugar substiture, here at the Pacific Herbs store
Just for the record, other names for Lo Han Guo include, Lo Han Kuo, Luo Han Gu, Monk Fruit, Momordica Fruit, Momordicae Grosvenori Fructus, Longevity Fruit, Fairy Fruit and Magic Fruit.



Additional Applications for Lou Han Guo:

1. For  Heat stroke:  Take one fruit, break  open and simmer in 3 cups of water for 30-45 minutes. Drink the liquid once cooled. Add ice to cool quickly.

2. Acute or chronic throat inflammation;  Take one fruit and open it.  Simmer in 3 cups of water for 30-45 min. covered. Drink warm and swallow very slowly.

3. Chronic cough. Take 1 piece of fruit, cover with water, simmer for 30-45 minutes and drink the liquid. Do this twice each day.
4. Senior's with  chronic constipation: Take 2 pieces of fruit, obtain the juicy part and the seed (put the shell aside for other uses), break apart, cover with water, and simmer. Drink before going to bed.
5. Diabetes. Take an appropriate measure of the fruit and crush it or simmer it into a thick juice and add to food being prepared, using it as a substitute for sugar.

6 thoughts on “Diabetic’s Rejoice over “Longevity Fruit”

  1. Daniel

    Thanks for sharing. I will come here often .

  2. Brianna G.

    Thanks for sharing! Interesting information.

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