Have you heard of Gotu kola and its health benefits?
Gotu kola has a lot of other known names like Asiatic pennywort, Centella Asiatica, Mandookparni, and Indian pennywort.
I’m really interested in this plant’s health benefits so I went ahead and gather most of it that I see online and make a post about it.
Here now are the health benefits of Gotu Kola that we should know more about.
1. Gotu Kola Improves Circulation
Gotu Kola extracts can help strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and capillaries. This will prevent some blood leakage and can optimize your circulatory system.
Another important effect of Gotu kola is that it can stimulate blood flow. This is important because it increases the oxygen supply in the different parts of your body.
If you’re experiencing some consistent swelling or heaviness in your legs, Gotu Kola may be the answer to relieving this.
2. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Since Gotu Kola eases the tension in your arteries and blood vessels, it can regulate your blood pressure.
Regulating your blood pressure lessens the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Gotu Kola May Prevent Thrombosis
In relation to blood circulation, Gotu Kola may also help with thrombosis. Thrombosis is what they call the process of blood clotting in your blood vessels.
4. May Help Against Alzheimer’s Disease
In a research study, Gotu kola has been seen to be one of the most important herbs that help rejuvenate brain cells and nerve cells.
It was also noted that it may even be able to improve your intelligence, longevity, and memory.
This research was from the Ayurvedic medicinal plants for Alzheimer’s disease review.
5. Gotu Kola Improves Cognitive Function
Gotu Kola improves blood circulation. This means that your brain is properly receiving oxygen that allows it to have better cognition.
Its antioxidant content also removes plaque and free radicals from the brain thus stimulating the neural pathways.
I guess this is why Gotu Kola supplements are becoming very popular with older people. Maybe I should consider it adding to the ones I’m already taking.
6. Is Very Good For Your Skin Health
Just like the other amazing herbs we have on this blog, Gotu Kola is also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants are the main contributors to having healthier skin.
Gotu kola has become a popular ingredient for cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies because it has the ability to lessen some blemishes, scars, and wrinkles.
The terpenoids content in Gotu Kola increases your body’s collagen production. This may help in healing stretch marks and preventing the appearance of new ones. There should be Gotu Kola creams in the market that you can apply topically.
Some researches also mentioned that it is also effective for the treatment of burns and other wounds. It may also be useful in treating psoriasis and scleroderma.
7. Gotu Kola May Help With Psoriasis Symptoms
As mentioned above, Gotu Kola is amazing with skincare. Because of its antioxidants, it’s great with skin cell production.
However, you should know that using Gotu Kola is not potent. It’s just a good herbal aid in relieving some symptoms of psoriasis.
8. May Be Beneficial Against Hair Loss
In relation to Gotu Kola as being good with your skin health, it may also be great with your hair loss problems.
It is able to strengthen hair follicles and nourishes your scalp. It also improves the blood circulation in that area, it can stimulate healthy hair regrowth.
Another plant or herb that may help you with hair loss is nettle leaf. I’ve listed down the health benefits you can get from consuming nettle leaves in this article.
9. Gotu Kola Provides Help With Anxiety And Depression
Gotu Kola has also been found out to be an effective herb to lower cortisol which is more commonly known as the stress hormone.
These effects can help decrease how frequent and severe anxiety attacks.
10. May Prevent Other Nervous System Disorders
It is said that Gotu Kola has anxiolytic effects. This means that it can calm your nervous system that helps with getting better sleep, enhancing your mood, and relieving stress.
More studies should be done but there are claims that it can help people suffering from epilepsy. It may be able to lessen its severity of Gotu Kola is taken regularly.
11. Gotu Kola May Help Treat Insomnia
There are studies and animal testings that show Gotu Kola can be a sedative.
It, having sedative effects may be able to treat insomnia. It should be noted though that these studies are conducted on animals. It is promising but more research should be done about its effects on us humans.
12. Aids With Stomach Problems
History tells us that Gotu Kola was used to reduce stomach pain which is caused by gastric ulcers.
Gotu Kola’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties can improve your colon and gut health.
13. Gotu Kola Detoxifies Your Body
Gotu Kola is also a mild diuretic. It helps your body release water, salts, and toxins by urinating.
This can help reduce the workload of your kidneys and liver in keeping your body cleaner from excess toxins.
14. May Aid In Reducing Joint Pain
Gotu Kola has anti-inflammatory properties that may be able to help treat arthritis.
There is a study conducted on rats that shows reduced bone erosion, cartilage erosion, and joint inflammation after administering orally Gotu Kola.
This is one of the best benefits of Gotu Kola for me because I suffer from consistent arthritis attacks. Any bit of help that is organic or herbal goes a long way for me.
15. Gotu Kola Is An Aphrodisiac
There are many claims of using herbs to increase sex drive and using Gotu Kola is not an exception.
It’s said that Gotu Kola can increase libido that may increase your energy for bedroom activities.
This could also be because of how it can relieve stress and other similar effects. Some say that reduced sex drive is a mental thing, so this can also be considered.
16. Gotu Kola Is Rich In Nutrients
There are many different beneficial nutrients you can get from consuming Gotu Kola.
It’s a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B2, and C.
It is also a good source of dietary fiber.
There you have it. I didn’t know then that there are many health benefits you can get from Gotu Kola.
In particular, which you might have already known, I like it that it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with my arthritis issues.
What’s your favorite health benefit you can get from it?
As always, you should take caution when it consuming something that affects your health. This is especially if you’re not very familiar with it. I would recommend consulting first your doctor or a health professional.
There could be cases that you’re allergic to something that you’ve not known your whole life.
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