What is Gotu Kola?
Gotu Kola, also known Centella Asiatica, comes come from a slender creeping plant indigenous to the swampy areas of India, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. It is also grown in Australia, South America, and even the south eastern United States.
Gotu Kola Uses:
Gotu Kola is used to reduce of fatigue, strengthening memory, and treating venous insufficiency; it also alleviates varicose veins, improves circulation, and, with its component Triterpenoid Saponis decreasing venous pressure in venous insufficiency, promotes wound healing.
Other benefits of Gotu Kola include an increase in longevity, prevention of memory loss, and its aphrodisiac properties.
Gotu Kola’s components Asiatocide and madecassoside have anti-inflammatory properties, and may promote wound healing by stimulating collagen and glycosaminoglycan synthesis. The herb also has preventative and therapeutic effects on gastrointestinal ulcers.
Gotu Kola may be, as a result of its strengthening action on gastric mucosal lining, and the suppressing of free radical damage, an anti-ulcerative.
The herb has been used as a sedative, an anticonvulsant, and analgesic (pain reliever). Gotu Kola may also act as an antibacterial against various bacteria, includingas pseudo moans, pyocyaneus, trichidermia, and mentogrophytes.
Aging, arteriosclerosis, depression, and headaches, high blood pressure, and hypoglycemia can also benefit from the use of Gotu Kola.
More Uses of Gotu Kola:
The herb Gotu Kola is known widely for promoting healthy skin, and helping in the aid of skin disorders, such as burns, scar tissue, and psoriasis.
Recent studies have shown that Gotu Kola it may have further benefits, including improving mental acuity, combating and aiding in memory deterioration, and by strengthening numerous blood vessels, improving blood flow.
The benefits of Gotu Kola benefits, in contrast to those of many other herbs, have been verified in various clinical studies.
A book from Reader's Digest, "The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs" which we recently read, says: "In one study, 30 developmentally disabled children were found to have significantly better concentration and attention after taking Gotu Kola for 12 weeks..." and "In more than a dozen studies observing Gotu Kola's effects on veins...about 80% of patients with varicose veins and similar problems showed substantial improvement."
Many studies, as the book indicates, offer evidence that Gotu Kola offers has some excellent health benefits.
Side Effects of Gotu Kola:
Because gotu Kolas is not an essential nutrient, it has no RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). We have found, however, found some very rare side effects asociatedto this herb.
They include extra sensitivity to sunlight and increased susceptiblity to headaches. And, when applied on the skin, Gotu Kola can cause rashes on certain individuals.
If you are considering Gotu Kola supplment, stay with a reasonable daily dosage of around 75 mgs to 100 mgs.
Pregnant or nursing women should avoid taking Gotu Kola extract, unless advised otherwise from their physician.
How to Maximize Gotu Kola Benefits
1. Always buy your Gotu Kola supplements from pharmaceutical GMP compliant facilities, which comply with the strictest manufacturing standards.
Because nutritional supplements production, in the U.S., has become largely unregulated, consumers of health products have only a 20% chance of buying products containing contains the actual ingredients stated on their labels, or worse yet, one that is not contaminated with harmful toxins.
2. Make sure the calcium product does not contain any fillers or additives like sugar, starch, gluten, or silica, or any artificial colors or flavors. They are harmful to your health.
3. Use Gotu Kola that is made using standarized herbal extracts. Standardized extracts contain the highest amount of the active ingredient of the herb, and, because of this, have the best potency and best possible therapeutic benefits.
We have tried many herbs over the years, and our best health benefits were derived from herbs using standarized extracts. Most manufacturers of nutritional supplements do not, because of their expense, use standarized extracts.
Solaray's Centella Asiatica
Nature's Way's Gotu Kola