GOTU KOLA

Kat Hoyle Updated by Kat Hoyle

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is a member of the parsley family. It’s found in Southeast Asia, where it’s often consumed as a tea or supplement, applied topically, and sometimes even eaten in salads. Whilst this perennial herbaceous plant is not currently widely known or used in the West, it has been used in traditional and Ayurvedic practices for hundreds of years. Amongst its other names, Gotu Kola is sometimes known as the “herb of longevity”, which sounds utterly fantastic, doesn’t it? 

  • It can boost your brain: Primarily, Gotu Kola is believed to be beneficial for brain function. Research has also shown that it can enhance memory function and improve the workings of our nerves in the brain.
  • It may also act as a mood booster: A Gotu Kola supplement might help to alleviate and balance the symptoms of anxiety, although more research is needed in this area. It also might help to reduce stress and the symptoms of chronic depression, including fluctuations in body weight and resting heart rate. 
  • It keeps your circulation effective, and your vascular system healthy: Studies have found that Gotu Kola can help to improve circulation, reduce water retention, and even help with the prevention and treatment of varicose veins. It appears that It can have a positive effect on the walls of our veins by increasing our metabolic rate in the connective tissue in that area.
  • It can help you sleep: We all appreciate a good night’s sleep, especially after hectic days, but, for some of us a good sleep doesn’t come easily. Insomnia can be hugely detrimental to those who suffer from it, especially when it occurs as a symptom of anxiety disorders. Given its mood boosting credentials, there is evidence to suggest that Gotu Kola could also aid in better sleep and relaxation. 
  • It’s good for your skin: Take stretch marks, for example, whether they are the result of pregnancy, weight changes, or your skin making room for growing muscle, stretch marks can have a negative impact on our confidence and self-esteem. It’s believed that a substance in Gotu Kola called ‘terpenoids’ can help to increase the body’s ability to produce collagen, which is responsible for supporting our skin and connective tissue, improving its elasticity and firming it up. Not only can this help to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks, it is thought that it might prevent new ones from forming.

If you are looking for a clean source of Gotu Kola which also has the benefits of a multinutrient and greens powder - then look no further than Supergreens.

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