Gotu Kola and the top 5 benefits
Gotu kola also known as centella is a member of the Apiaceae plant family alongside celery, carrots and parsley. It has also been called the "Herb of Enlightenment" or "Herb of longevity". It grows in the wetlands of Asia, and the leaves have been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine and Asian dishes. It contains B vitamins, vitamin C and phytonutrients.
- The most well know benefit of Gotu kola is it’s ability to improve memory at a molecular level by enhancing the activity of the pathway that is associated with long term memory formation. Studies have also shown its ability to improve memory and cognitive function in elderly people.
- It can help ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. It contains anxiolytic which inhibits anxiety and can help you feel calm, decreasing levels of anxiety, stress and depression. It can also help treat insomnia by acting as a sedative.
- It has the ability to repair skin and boost skin health by enhancing the antioxidants in your skin tissue. It has been used topically to treat wounds and help with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It can also help improve circulation and decrease fluid retention.
- As mentioned above, with its ability to enhance antioxidants in your body, Gotu kola can also help treat inflammation such as arthritis. Studies have shown it to reduce joint inflammation and cartilage and bone erosion.
- Gotu kola helps prevent and aid in the treatment of gastric ulcers by strengthening the intestinal walls and blocking free radicals with its antioxidant effects.
Note* As with any supplement, speak to your doctor before taking, especially if you are on any other medications. There are a few noted side effects of taking Gotu Kola, ranging from nausea, sensitivity to sunlight, allergic dermatitis to drowsiness.