Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is an Eastern longevity herb traditionally used as a “brain food.” It has been used for thousands of years as a revitalizing cerebral tonic for improving memory, attention span and concentration, and as a general nervous system tonic.
Centella has also been shown to help stimulate production of healthy collagen which can improve skin healing and reduce scarring. This may help explain its traditional use in India for treating skin problems including leprosy and skin ulcers.
Gotu Kola is naturally high in flavonoids, compounds that help to strengthen capillaries and reduce risk of bleeding. Flavonoids are also powerful antioxidants that protect us from free-radical damage, known to contribute to aging – perhaps another reason for its traditional use as a longevity herb.