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Swanson Gotu Kola is a dietary supplement whose single capsule contains 100 mg of Asiatic pennywort (Centella asiatica), standardised for the minimum 70% content of asiaticosides (pharmacologically active substances), and 370 mg of the common extract from the above-ground parts of the plant, which was added in order to complement the whole action profile and to provide all necessary bioactive substances.
Gotu Kola – is also called Asiatic pennywort or Centella asiatica. It is a plant originating from the southeast Asia, which has been used for thousands of years in the traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for numerous ailments associated mainly with the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It was considered to be a source of longevity, because it delays the aging process of cells. It is rich in numerous substances, e.g. coumarins, chlorogenic acids, bramoside, bromide acid, essential oils, tannins, quercetin, madecassic acid, iron and magnesium. It contains also necessary vitamins: C, A, E and K.
Positive influence on the cardiovascular system
Gotu kola is known for its positive influence on the cardiovascular system. Triterpenes contained in it can regulate the functioning of blood vessels, improve blood flow and stimulate peripheral circulation. By the stimulation of collagen synthesis, they strengthen the connective tissue and improve the elasticity of blood vessels. Gotu kola can be effectively used in patients with chronic vascular failures and circulation disorders. Applying the extract in people with such ailments significantly improved the condition of blood vessels, which resulted in a reduction of varicose veins.
Regulation of the nervous system
The studies demonstrate that Gotu kola shows strong adaptogenic effects, which improves the functioning of the nervous system and the whole body system, by increasing resistance to stress. It fights the results of stress caused by environmental factors, overwork or negative emotions as well as supports the body system in everyday challenges and fighting obstacles. It improves mood, increases the feeling of calmness and satisfaction as well as reduces anxiety and nervousness.
Thanks to the ability to reduce stress hormones level, it improves quality and efficiency of sleep, so that it is used in the treatment of insomnia. The regular supplementation with Centella asiatica enhances the fight against negative influence of stress on the whole body system as well as regulates the functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA).
Influence on the brain
Gotu kola is known for its positive influence on cognitive functions of brain. It increases the activity of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA. Regular application of the extract improves the ability to memorise, concentration and learning processes. It improves also the ability to acquire information and directly affects the quality of short-time memory. The study in 30 children has demonstrated that over the period of 12 weeks the children became more attentive, eager to learn new things, more calm and concentrated, which led to better results at school.
Gotu kola shows strong regenerating influence on brain cells. It helps to produce an enzyme, acetylcholine, whose deficiencies are observed in elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Applying Gotu kola in such case can reverse the effects of memory loss and support brain functions. It also accelerates the self-regeneration of blood, so that it is used in the treatment of strokes and various brain injuries.
Improvement in the appearance of skin, hair and nails
Gotu kola is useful for treating hard to heal wounds and burns, as it increases the synthesis of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. It can be used for the treatment of post-surgical wounds, acne and difficult to remove scars. It reduces swelling, oedema and dark circles under the eyes as well as it is useful for vascular skin care. The newest studies show that Gotu kola can reduce stretch marks, as it stimulates the synthesis of collagen. It is used a support in the therapy of skin problems of autoimmune origins, such as psoriasis or albinism.
Reduction in inflammations
The studies demonstrated that Gotu kola is very helpful in case of people with diabetes and diabetic foot. Thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, it effectively reduces inflammations and accelerates wound healing. As it reduces inflammations, it is useful in patients with gastric ulcers. It has been reported that the therapy with the plant extract significantly accelerated wound healing, which directly resulted in improved well-being of patients.
Thanks to its rejuvenating influence on skin, Gotu kola is used in cosmetology. It effectively reduces wrinkles, increases dermis tension and stimulates the growth of hair and nail plates. It is also useful in fight against cellulite in women. The studies suggest that Gotu kola directly affects fibroblasts, dermis cells, so that it regenerates and nourishes them, which can result in significant reduction of cellulite, up to 82%.
To sum it all up, Gotu Kola positively affects the general health and improves resistance of body system to stress factors, which contributes to the improvement in sleep quality and general well-being. Thanks to its ability to improve brain functions, it is recommended for people who are exposed to increased mental effort. It improves also the functioning of the nervous system and positively affects the appearance of skin, hair and nails.
The studies show that, in order to improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system, and particularly the blood vessels, the doses amounting for 30–60 mg of Gotu kola extract, applied 2–3 times a day, give the satisfying results.
Numerous publications report that doses of 500 mg of Gotu kola extract significantly improved well-being, reduced anxiety and enhanced the cognitive functions of brain.
To obtain maximal effects of improved brain functions, concentration and memory, it is recommended to combine the Gotu kola supplementation with Bacopa Monnieri.
SWANSON is a well known company operating since 1969, which offers a wide selection of diet and nutritional supplements. Among their products are antioxidants, amino acid supplements, products improving immunity, probiotics, minerals and vitamins. At SWANSON you can also purchase of supplements enhancing your cardiovascular stamina, urinary, nervous and digestive systems. The offer includes products designed specifically for women or men, as well as supplements helping to loose weight.
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|per 1 capsule||amount||%DV|
|Gotu Kola Extract (10% asiaticosides) (aerial parts)||100 mg||*|
|Gotu Kola Herb (aerial parts)||370 mg||*|
Gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose (plant fiber), calcium palmitate, maltodextrin
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