Gotu Kola: Thailandís Afternoon Pick-Me-Up
Gotu Kola, a leafy green swamp plant, has shown an array of effects on health, ranging from providing energy to supporting brain health. This plant has been used in Thailand for many years, and is currently making its way into Western health regimens.
Gotu Kola has been shown to be a mild adaptogen,1-2 which means it can increase the bodyís ability to adapt to a stressor. It also has antioxidant properties, which are essential for good cell health.1
Preliminary evidence suggests Gotu Kola may have nootropic effects.3 These effects include memory enhancement and improved cognitive function. Research on Gotu Kola also indicates that it is effective in stimulating circulation, which helps support brain health.1
In addition to its adaptogenic and nootropic properties, Gotu Kola is used to increase attention span and concentration,4 and combat aging.3
Lastly, researchers at Seoul National University conducted an experiment where they modified the chemical structure of asiatic acid from Gotu Kola, and found that three derivatives of the plant reduced glutamate induced neurotoxicity.5
The cumulative information from the aforementioned studies indicates that Gotu Kola may be effective in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD, increasing concentration, energy, and memory. For these reasons, Gotu Kola may prove to be an effective natural study aid.
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1. Winston, D., Maimes, S., Adaptogens: Herbs For Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, 2007, pp. 226-7
2. "A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on the Effects of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) on Acoustic Startle
Response in Healthy Subjects". Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 20(6):680-684, December 2000.
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5. Lee MK, Kim SR, Sung SH, Lim D, Kim H, Choi H, Park HK, Je S, Kid YC. Asiatic acid derivatives protect
cultured cortical neurons from glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2000