10 Benefits of Gotu Kola

Posted by Dan Brigham on

Gotu Kola is an incredible herb that’s in the Parsley family. It is known as the “student herb” as it has been known to increase focus, memory, attention, and support neuro growth.

It is in our Brain Blend for good reason! It’s cognitive effects -and whole body effects- are so unique and well studied.

Let’s get into 10 Gotu Kola Benefits you should know to decide if this herb is right for you or someone in your family!

Benefits of Gotu Kola

1. Helps reverse damage in neuron interactions. Gotu Kola does that by having a positive effect on neuron dendrites. These dendrites are basically like little branches on a tree where all these neurons branch out with other neurons in their effort to communicate. Gotu Kola can help reverse damage in these neuron interactions.

2. Gotu Kola has potential neuroprotective benefits. Gotu Kola has been shown to help protect the body against heavy metals, oxidation, toxins, and more. It is said in studies that Gotu Kola can improve the neural antioxidant status.

3. Gotu Kola can increase telomerase activity by 8.8x aka it helps with telomere health. Telomeres protect genes from getting damaged. Telomeres decrease risk for age related disease and work to hold up gene stability, therefore it is important to do things for the health of our telomeres.

4. Gotu Kola can potentially increase a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter plays a role in alertness, memory, and activating your parasympathetic mode aka “rest and digest.” It’s a great neurotransmitter that can help calm you down and the production of it is important.

5. Gotu Kola can potentially help with memory and learning. This is also why gotu kola is known as the “student herb” and why so many elderly people love Gotu Kola- it helps their cognitive function! There are stories/traditions told of students studying Ayurveda, being given gotu kola leaves to chew on before their class. To sharpen their learning capabilities.

6. Gotu Kola can help support in increasing one’s mood (in a positive way.)  Studies have gone as far as saying gotu kola can improve one’s quality of life when it comes to mood and cognitive function.

7. Gotu Kola can help with improving circulation. For instance, in 2001 they studied people on long flights who battled edema, and saw that gotu kola could help with the swelling therefore helping with circulation. There is belief that gotu kola has a positive metabolic impact on connective tissues of vascular walls. This is something they have looked at when understanding how and why gotu kola can help those with varicose veins

8. Gotu Kola supports the kidneys. Those who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda medicine, or Indonesian medicine, see the gotu kola plant as one that supports a healthy brain, skin, and YES- Kidneys! This benefit does not get highlighted nearly enough. Some studies have confirmed both liver and kidney support can come from taking Gotu Kola.

9. Gotu Kola may help with acute anxiety and improve sleep. There was a scientific analysis of all these anti-anxiety herbal medications and gotu kola was recognized as an herb that supports the HPA axis and helps one with acute anxiety. One report in 2016 claimed that people reported less feelings of anxiety. (More studies are needed to confirm.) Because gotu kola is great for improving mood and strengthening cognitive function, it can help people who battle insomnia.

10. Gotu Kola is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Iron. Among many other antioxidants and minerals! It’s always nice to know where you can look to in your diet for certain vitamins and minerals. It’s pretty amazing that Gotu Kola is so high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And Vitamin C helps iron become more absorbable, and gotu kola is rich in iron! This can be wonderful for everyone but especially vegans and vegetarians.

Want to try a potion that is rich in Gotu Kola? Try out Brain Blend! Definitely worth a read. 

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