Buddha Fruit (Momordica grosvenori)


As a key ingredient included in our product Botano Throat™, Momordica grosvenori, also known as Siraitia grosvenorii, is an herbaceous perennia vine native to Southern China and Northern Thailand and best known for its fruit, the luo han guo (which means Buddha fruit in Chinese), one of several that have been called longevity fruit. Buddha fruit gains its name as being the fruit primarily grown in Southern China, mainly in Guangxi Province, with most of the product from the mountains of Guilin, a major Buddhist retreat area with many temples during the Tang Dynasty 1300 years ago.

Traditional Uses of Buddha Fruit (Momordica grosvenori)

  • Buddha fruit has been cooked with soups containing meat, vegetables or steeped with tea to provide a common Chinese household remedy for colds and congestion of the lungs such as cough.
  • Further, Buddha fruit and its sweetening component are often mentioned in relation to diabetes and obesity, because it can substitute for caloric sugars normally consumed in the diet.

Modern Research - Buddha Fruit (Momordica grosvenori)

  • Buddha fruit extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used as a natural
    sweetener in China for nearly a millennium due to its flavor and low calorie (2.3 kcal/g (9.6 kJ/g)).
  • Recent work on Buddha fruit includes investigation of the antioxidant activity of the mogrosides
    and their potential use as cancer prevention compounds. This suggested effect is based on the
    understanding that antioxidants can produce significant reversal or suppression of the early
    stage of cancer development.
  • In China most of these fields of cultivated Buddha fruit plants are in Yongfu and Lingui Counties
    (near Guilin, Guangxi Province) which are recognized in China as sites having an unusually high number of residents living to an age 100 years or more, which some attribute to the
    consumption of this fruit, as well as the pristine environment.

WinVivo uses Buddha Fruit in products that address the following Health Concerns:

Articles about this botanical

Enhancement of Immunity & Anti-Diabetic Activity (Buddha Fruit)

Momordica grosvenori (MG), a traditional medicinal herb in China used as a substitute sugar for obese and diabetic patients, exhibited an enhancement of immunity.

Cholesterol-, Triglyceride- and Glucose-Lowering Effects (Buddha Fruit)

These data indicate that Siraitia grosvenorii polysaccharide (SGP) not only ameliorates the lipid disorder, but also lowers plasma glucose levels. So SGP have obvious glucose-lowering effect on hyperglycaemic rabbits induced by feeding high fat/high sucrose chow, its mechanism may be related to amelioration of lipid metabolism and restoring the blood lipid levels of hyperglycaemic rabbits.

Anti-Viral Effects (Buddha Fruit)

Upon evaluation of compounds 1-8 for inhibitory effects against the Epstein-Barr virus early antigen (EBV-EA) activation induced by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), all compounds exhibited inhibitory effects with IC50 values of 346-400 mol ratio/32 pmol TPA.

Product containing this botanical

Botano Throat

Stop your cough and give your throat a chance to heal.  Botano Throat sugar-free lozenges quickly and effectively relieve cough and then help heal the throat by suppressing bronchial inflammation.


Dissolves Mucus/Phlegm

Repairs Inflamed Throat

Synergy for Faster Relief
of Lung Inflammation
Naturally Anti-Microbial

Naturally Anti-inflammatory
Desensitizes the Body to Allergens

Synergy for Faster Relief of Inflammation

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