Elephants Love Gotu Kola Why You Should Too!
That’s how this herb started to gain popularity believe it or not! Gotu Kola is a favorite food of elephants, notoriously long-lived animals, which has led many people to associate it with longevity. Gotu Kola has many health and beauty benefits.
Gotu Kola is a red-flowered plant that thrives in hot, swampy areas, Gotu Kola grows naturally in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, middle and southern Africa, Australia, China and the southern United States.
The herb’s workhorse substances are compounds called triterpenes (especially asiaticoside) which appear to change the formation of collagen, cartilage and connective tissue. Collagen is absolutely essential in keeping your skin wrinkle-free and young. In addition, it promotes healthy blood vessels and help produce neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers in the brain.
Gotu Kola’s singular effect on connective tissue-promoting its healthy development and inhibiting the formation of hardened areas-makes it potentially important for treating many skin conditions. It can be therapeutic for burns, keloids (overgrown scar tissue), and wounds (including surgical incisions and ulcers). Gotu Kola also seems to strengthen cells in the walls of blood vessels, improving blood flow and making it valuable for the treatment of varicose veins! Research results are often impressive. In more than a dozen studies observing Gotu Kola effects on varicose veins over 80% of patients had positive results!
Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy beauty! This herb has been used to increase mental acuity for thousands of years. Current research supports a role for this herb in boosting memory, improving learn capabilities, and possibly reversing memory loss.
To reap some of these natural effects of the herb Gotu Kola take about 200mg 3 times a day, with or without food. You can substitute 400 to 500 mg of the curb herb (that’s what I take) for each 200mg dose of the standardized extract.
Give it a try! I usually get a 227g bag of the crude herb for about $8.99. You can take about 5 grams just mixed in water 1 or 2 a day. Just a note there is NO relationship between the Kola Nut (filled with caffeine and very stimulating) and Gotu Kola, which is caffeine free. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or have liver disease this is not the right herb for you.