Gotu Kola (also known as centella) is one of the most valued medicinal plants in traditional medicine, where it is referred to as "the memory herb". Its pharmacological effects are caused by chemical substances from the group of pentacyclic triterpene saponins. It is them that regulate the functioning of neurotransmitters responsible for passing on information in the brain.
Gotu Kola is a brilliant adaptogen and its activity focuses mainly on the central and peripheral nervous system. Through the nervous system, it affects many biological mechanisms: it improves cognitive functions, sharpens the senses and shortens the reaction time. According to studies, it also has an effect on the process of neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons in the brain) and neuron regeneration.
Gotu Kola extracts exhibit psychotonic properties, eliminate the symptoms of mental fatigue and tiredness. They are a tonic for the central nervous system, which explains why they are often used in the treatment of mental illnesses, neurological disorders, schizophrenia and epilepsy. Gotu Kola can help to alleviate states of anxiety thanks to its relaxing and calming effects and the ability to improve sleep quality.
Gotu Kola is a perfect supplement for people who are often distressed, under big pressure or those who live in chronic stress. It will help everyone who, in order to fulfil necessary tasks, need to calm down, reduce tension and distraction on the one hand, and focus, concentrate and increase the mind's "absorbency" on the other.
Supplements with powdered Gotu Kola leaves are generally well tolerated and don't have any side effects. When choosing the right product, it is worth to pay attention to whether it contains at least 10% of active substances (triterpenes).