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The Extraordinary Health Benefits of Gotu Kola

Published February 23, 2019 (Revised: October 12, 2019)
Ben Kissam

Written By: Ben Kissam, BS

Ben has a B.S. in Movement and Sports Science and over 7 years Certified Personal Training Experience.

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You’re not going to find that with any herbal teas. There’s truly not another supplement like it on the market." } }] } </script> <article> <div> <ul> <li><a href="#section1">What is Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)?</a></li> <li><a href="#section2">History of Gotu Kola</a></li> <li><a href="#section3">Health Benefits of Gotu Kola</a></li> <li><a href="#section4">Are There Any Side Effects to Gotu Kola?</a></li> <li><a href="#section5">How to Add Gotu Kola to Your Diet</a></li> <li><a href="#section6">Wrapping Up</a></li> </ul> </div> <section> <p>Every so often, a new ‘ancient remedy’ emerges. Scientists and trainers tout these remedies as miracle herbs that will help you feel younger, lose weight, and have more energy. </p> <p>And let’s be honest—most of the time it’s just a ton of hype and marketing. There aren’t many supplements that are as good as advertised.</p> <p>Then you hear about <i>gotu kola</i>, known as the ‘herb of longevity.’ You assume it’s the same—until you learn that science actually backs most of its benefits. Tissue healing, reduced anxiety and stress, anti-aging, and collagen promotion are all benefits of this ancient herb.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116297/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">1</a></sup></p> <p>In this article, we’ll look at what gotu kola is, its history and benefits, any potential side-effects, and how to add these wonderful organic compounds to your routine.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section1"> <h2>What is Gotu Kola <i>(Centella asiatica)</i>?</h2> <p>Gotu kola (<i>Centella asiatica</i> or Asiatic pennywort) is an herb commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine <sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-753/gotu-kola" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2</a></sup>. It grows in moist swampy areas and is found in places like India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.</p> <p>Known as the ‘herb of longevity,’ the health benefits of gotu kola extract are profound. These organic herbs have long been studied and are becoming more and more popular for use in vitamins, herbal teas, and even <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/go2protein/shop/" rel="noreferrer">protein supplements</a>. </p> <p>You’ll soon understand why <i>Centella asiatica</i> is used in such a variety of ways.</p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/great-wall-of-china-0087.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/great-wall-of-china-0087.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/great-wall-of-china-0087.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/great-wall-of-china-LR-0087.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="great-wall-of-china-0087"> </picture> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section2"> <h2>History of Gotu Kola</h2> <p>This herb has been used for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia. Chinese medicine considers it to be one of several ‘tonifying’ herbs, which means it has a particularly positive health benefit on one or more organs. In the case of gotu kola, it’s said to <i>tonify</i>, or improve the function of the brain.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/gotu-kola-benefits-of-the-herb-of-enlightenment/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">4</a></sup></p> <p>Touted for its anti-aging and health benefits, calming effect, and meditative properties (see benefits in the next section), it’s a surprise that gotu kola isn’t a household name. Today, it’s consumed in supplements, added as a salad green and eaten raw, or even sold in juice.</p> <p>Historically, it has been used to treat bacterial, viral, and even parasitic infections. It’s also used for fighting fatigue, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section3"> <h2>Health Benefits of Gotu Kola</h2> <p>Here’s just a few of the benefits science has uncovered about gotu kola.</p> <h3>1. Increased Cognitive Function</h3> <p>Gotu kola is known as a <i>nootropic</i>, which means that it enhances brain function and longevity<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/gotu-kola-benefits-of-the-herb-of-enlightenment/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">3</a></sup>. Interestingly enough, it’s thought of as the ‘herb of enlightenment’ in some circles. Anyone from monks to yoga lovers tout these organic herbs for learning more about the inner or spiritual world.</p> <p>There are five organic compounds in gotu kola that are known to improve brain function: <i>asiatic acid, madecassic acid, madasciatic acid, asiaticoside</i>, and <i>madecassoside</i>.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328266297_Gotu_Kola_Centella_asiatica" rel="nofollow noreferrer">5</a></sup></p> <p>Don’t worry—there won’t be a pop quiz on those terms. Just remember that a handful of chemicals found in gotu kola with long names improve your brain’s function. </p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/woman-calm-by-window-0087.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/woman-calm-by-window-0087.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/woman-calm-by-window-0087.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/woman-calm-by-window-LR-0087.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="woman-calm-by-window-0087"> </picture> <h3>2. Induces Calmness</h3> <p>Okay, so maybe you aren’t sold on finding your ‘zen’ using <i>Centella asiatica</i>. Try this benefit on, then: throughout history, the properties in gotu kola have been known to calm and soothe people.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/gotu-kola-benefits-of-the-herb-of-enlightenment/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">4</a></sup></p> <p>One study showed that Gotu Kola significant decreased decreasing acoustic startle response (ASR).<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11106141" rel="nofollow noreferrer">6</a></sup> Because of this affect it’s suggested that Asiatic Pennywort (Gotu Kola) has a reductive effect on anxiety. It might be the perfect herb for your midday break or when stress is running high in your life.</p> <p>Which leads us to our next point...</p> <h3>3. May Serve as an Antidepressant</h3> <p>A study from 2016 saw users categorized with mental illnesses like depression or anxiety reduce their symptoms after sixty days of using gotu kola <sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4975583/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2</a></sup>.</p> <p>We talk a lot about mental health and wellness, especially how much it factors into lifelong health and even your weight loss goals. In this way, perhaps adding <i>Centella asiatica</i> to your routine could help you better cope with stress and reach fitness goals.</p> <h3>4. Healing Properties</h3> <p>Gotu kola is packed with healing organic compounds that reduce swelling, eliminate circulation problems, and may even get rid of or lessen varicose veins (yes, seriously) <sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11666121" rel="nofollow noreferrer">7</a></sup>.</p> <p>How? The chemical compounds in gotu kola <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/can-ketosis-reduce-inflammation" rel="noreferrer">decrease inflammation</a> and blood pressure. Even diabetics or other people with poor circulation in their legs have gotten results from using this organic herb<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11666121" rel="nofollow noreferrer">7</a></sup>. </p> <p>Used topically (on skin), gotu kola has even been shown to reduce scarring and heal wounds quicker.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/condition/wounds" rel="nofollow noreferrer">8</a></sup></p> <picture class="lazy-load"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/wrinkled-hands-skin-0087.webp" type="image/webp"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/wrinkled-hands-skin-0087.jpf" type="image/jpf"> <source data-srcset="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/wrinkled-hands-skin-0087.jpg"> <img src="https://d1ghrtdbdq2gkr.cloudfront.net/blog-content/wrinkled-hands-skin-LR-0087.jpg" class="img-fluid" alt="wrinkled-hands-skin-0087"> </picture> <h3>5. Collagen-Building/Anti-Aging Properties</h3> <p>We saved the benefit we think you’ll love the most for last. It’s this: gotu kola is a powerhouse for collagen-building and anti-aging.</p> <p>A <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834700/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2013 study</a> found that Gotu kola increased the synthesis of collagen improving the strength of skin.</p> <p>Collagen helps people look and feel younger, which makes sense, given that 70 percent of our tissues (skin, hair, muscles, bones) is made from the stuff.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30681787" rel="nofollow noreferrer">9</a></sup> As we age, our collagen starts to wither away, which can lead us to look and feel older than we want to.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1606623/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">10</a></sup> Our skin changes, our hair thins out, we feel weaker, and we may even have <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/digestion-support/shop" rel="noreferrer">digestive problems</a>.</p> <p>These days, bone broth is the most popular way to add collagen to your diet. But gotu kola is even easier. If you’re sold on the health benefits of gotu kola, check out the final section about how to add it to your diet.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section4"> <h2>Are There Any Side Effects to Gotu Kola?</h2> <p>Before we show you how to add these miracle herbs to your life, let’s tackle an always-important topic when it comes to supplementation: side effects <sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-753/gotu-kola" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2</a></sup>.</p> <p>Are there any side effects you should be concerned about?</p> <p>According to <a target="_blank" href="http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000253" rel="nofollow noreferrer">Penn State Hershey Medical Center</a>, they’re rare. Headaches, upset stomach, dizziness and extreme drowsiness are more notable ones. These are noted to happen with high doses.</p> <p>As always, if you’re concerned about your particular situation, we recommend asking your doctor before taking any new supplements.</p> <h3>Is Gotu Kola a Stimulant?</h3> <p>Even though it’s sometimes found in herbal teas, gotu kola is not considered a stimulant like caffeine. In fact, it might have the reverse effects—you may be so calm after taking it that you’re ready for a nap.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section5"> <h2>How to Add Gotu Kola to Your Diet</h2> <p>Each year, we lose about 1 percent of the collagen in our bodies.<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-skin-wrinkle-wit/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">11</a></sup> This affects how we feel and look. For this reason alone, you might consider adding gotu kola to your routine.</p> <p>The easiest (and most effective) way to add gotu kola to your life is as a supplement. Our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/go2protein/shop/" rel="noreferrer">Go2 Protein</a>, for example, contains a healthy dose of gotu kola and also grass-fed collagen protein.</p> <p>By combining gotu kola and collagen protein, you’re not only replacing the collagen you’re losing, but setting yourself up to add lean muscle from your at-home workouts.</p> <p>Our Go2 Protein supplement offers the best of both worlds: gotu kola puts back what you lost, then collagen protein builds what you’ve earned. You’re not going to find that with any herbal teas. There’s truly not another supplement like it on the market.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium mx-auto"> <section> <section id="section6"> <h2>Wrapping Up</h2> <p>Known by many names, gotu kola (or <i>Centella asiatica</i>, or Asiatic pennywort), is an herb worthy of its many titles. You may now see why it’s known as ‘herb of longevity’—it’s packed with stuff that makes you look and feel like you’re in your twenties again. </p> <p>Gotu kola enhances brain function, reduces stress and anxiety, heals your body (inside and out), and promotes collagen production in the body.</p> <p>We can’t recommend our <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/go2protein/shop/" rel="noreferrer">Go2 Protein powder</a> enough for adding these miracle herbs to your life. It not only replaces the collagen you’re losing, but helps you maximize <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/exercise/" rel="noreferrer">your workouts</a> and add lean muscle.</p> </section> </article>

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