If you have noticed we have been talking it up a bit. The main reason being that we have been using it for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.
There are three big areas that this herb has been studied to help with:
Gotu Kola is known to re-vitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration and combat aging. Yet the mechanisms for these actions are not entirely understood yet.
One way though lies with its effect on brain glutathione levels.
A study titled, Effect of different extracts of Centella asiatica on cognition and markers of oxidative stress in rats found:
In the present study aqueous, methanolic and chloroform extracts of C. asiatica were investigated for their effect on cognitive functions in rats. Male Wistar rats of 200–250 g were used to study the effect on learning and memory by using shuttle box, step through, step down and elevated plus maze paradigms...doses of aqueous extract increased the number of avoidances in shuttle box and prolonged the step through latency in step through apparatus in a dose dependent manner, while only two doses 200 and 300 mg/kg of aqueous extract showed significant increase in the step down latency in step down apparatus and transfer latency (TL) in elevated plus maze. Among doses of aqueous extract tested on oxidative stress parameters, only 200 and 300 mg/kg showed a significant decrease in the brain levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) with simultaneous significant increase in levels of glutathione. There was a significant increase in the levels of catalase at the 300 mg/kg but no significant change in superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels were observed.
MDA is a marker for oxidative stress and glutathione is a master antioxidant. The brain, because of its high energy load (in proportion to its mass) uses a lot of oxygen. This means this organ needs loads of antioxidants in comparison to other organs.
Glutathione is the master antioxidant for this and when there are appropriate amounts of it in the brain, reduces oxidative damage which reduces neuroinflammation. This study shows that water-extracts of Gotu Kola helps promote Glutathione and lower oxidative stress, thus enhancing cognitive function by making the brain more efficient in energy use.
Speaking of the brain, I recently saw the movie Logan, the final Wolverine installment in the X-men universe.
Warning, there’s a tiny bit of spoilers ahead, but not much.
You can save this message until after you’ve seen it, or really this won’t stop your enjoyment of this great movie. (And yes, I think it is a great movie. Not just a great superhero movie. Great period.)
Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Charles Xavier, aka Professor X.
But he’s not the same as he used to be. In fact, like Wolverine, he’s pretty bad off.
One of the interesting quotes in the movies comes from one of the bad guys who states he has, “A degenerative brain disease in the world’s most dangerous brain.”
What that looks like plays a role throughout the plot.
Of course, drugs are used to manage his symptoms.
And like most drugs, these do come with some bad side effects.
As I was watching the flick I couldn’t help but to think of lion’s mane mushroom, bacopa, schisandra and others.
What if Professor X had been using these?
A certain incident is alluded to throughout the movie. Could this have been avoided?
I know, I know, it’s just a movie. But who wants to see anyone they care about, a character, or someone you love in real life go through that?
To me, it seems the worst way to go.
Now your brain may not be able to read minds or stop time, but I think you’d agree that it plays an important role in your life.
Why wait for it to go downhill before doing anything about it?
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The good news is that these herbs help your cognitive function today, not just in the years to come.
Personally, I don’t give a thought to Alzheimer’s or dementia for myself. But I do care that my thinking is sharp. And that’s why these herbs are in my regular rotation.
If you’re interested in how I used these, I typically put lion’s mane in my morning coffee, and take schisandra or bacopa straight, powder in the mouth, and wash it down with water.
If you’ve never experienced the benefits of these nootropics herbs I suggest you give them a try.
Sincerely, Logan Christopher and the Lost Empire Herbs Team