Did we have the elixir to anti-aging all along and we were oblivious to it? Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, Centella Asiatica (scientific name) is also known by many other names such as the “herb of longevity”, Asiatic Pennywort, or Brahmi meaning ‘Greatest of the Great’ in Ayurveda. Its market name is “cica” and is now one of the most potent ingredients in the K beauty industry.  This miracle plant has a hefty resume to its name. Gotu Kola has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese and Indonesian medicine. This well-kept secret is finally out and this tiny plant has become a favorite in the green beauty industry. It is now being used in various skincare formulations.

It is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, boosting brain activity, and promoting kidney and liver health. Gotu Kola restarts the synthesis of collagen, the skin tightening protein.

Apart from topical application, it can also be ingested. It treats ailments like anxiety, varicose veins, and minor burns. Gotu Kola’s various benefits have brought this potent plant in the spotlight for its rejuvenating and healing properties. It is widely sold as a dried herb, dietary supplement, powder, tincture, and now in various topical applications and products.

Keep reading ahead to learn the various benefits of Gotu kola on your skin.

Health Benefits of Gotu Kola

1. It Helps Improve Cognitive Function

Studies conducted showed that Gotu kola extract alongside folic acid improved cognitive function in patients after a stroke. It worked just as well without folic acid to improve the memory domain.

2. Alzheimer’s treatment

As known through traditional Chinese medicine, Gotu kola enhances memory and nerve function and makes a potent ingredient in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies showed that it helped prevent the formation of plaque associated with the onset of the disease.

3. Anxiety and Stress Buster

Various studies cite that Gotu Kola has an anti-anxiety effect. It has a calming effect because of an abundance of an antioxidant called “Apigenin.”  Apigenin binds to receptors in your brain that decrease anxiety. And initiate sleep.

4. Increased Blood Circulation and Reduction in Swelling

Fluid retention, ankle swelling, and slow circulation, the Gotu kola treats all of them. Research also provides evidence that it treats varicose veins. The Gotu kola has a positive metabolic effect on the connective tissues around the vascular wall.

5. Relieves Joint Pain

Anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for treating arthritis. It reduces joint inflammation alongside boosting the immune system.

6. Anti-Cancer

Because of Gota Kolas antioxidant properties, it aids in protection against the development of stomach ulcers and some cancers. The Asiatic Acid found in the Gota kola herb shows a promising start to cell growth inhibition, making it handy in becoming a possible treatment for breast, liver, and brain tumor cells.

7. Rich in Nutrients and Minerals

As a member of the parsley family, Gotu kola is an extensive source of minerals and vitamins that your body and skin require alike. It is Rich in Vitamins A, B2, and C alongside calcium, iron, and potassium. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, keeping your gastrointestinal health in check.

Why Is Gotu Kola a Skincare Superhero?

Not all heroes wear capes and, this herb is one of them. Apart from its health benefits, discussed above, it is known to combat signs of anti-aging and sun damage to the skin.  This underrated herb has made quite a stir in the natural skincare movement. Most people are very mindful of what goes onto their skin and are always looking for alternatives to the harsh chemicals. Furthermore, millennials and Gen Z alike are very obsessed with anti-aging creams and, this herb delivers.

What makes this such a coveted skincare herb is the presence of Triterpenoids. Triterpenoids play a pivotal role in stimulating the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight. Let’s dive into the benefits of what it does for our skin:

1. Skin Protection and Repair

Girls with sensitive skin know how real the struggle is. But lately, due to the rise in pollution levels, sensitive skin or not, all women are suffering equally. Gotu Kola is a rich moisturizing ingredient. It replenishes the skin’s hydration, along with repairing and protecting the outer layers of skin from further damage.  It also creates a protective barrier against pollution and other pollutants likely to irritate the skin.

2. Combats Signs of Ageing.

As we get older, our skin slows down the production of collagen. It also starts to lose moisture faster than usual. It, in turn, results in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But rest assured, Gotu kola containing creams and serums can restore your skin’s elasticity and firmness in no time. As mentioned above, it boosts collagen production. The topical application of Gotu kola-containing creams or lotions will give you a flawless and youthful face with regular use. Likewise, it works just as well in eliminating stretch marks.

3. Relieves Skin Irritation, Wound Healing, and Scarring

Gotu kola contains a chock full of vitamins B and C along with phytonutrients (volatile oils, polyphenol, flavonoids, and tannins). These components promote wound healing and provide antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. These properties also come in handy when treating minor burns and relieve skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea.

 

Where Can You Get Gotu Kola Wholesale Extracts?

LuckHerb has been producing and developing quality Centella Asiatica extract for over eight years. Their main products include:

  1. Gotu Kola Extract Madecassoside
  2. Gotu Kola Extract Madecassic acid
  3. Gotu Kola Extract Asiaticoside
  4. Titrated extract from Centella Asiatica(TECA) 95%
  5. Gotu Kola Extract Triterpenes

We’ll be highlighting the use of Gotu Kola Madecassoside Powder and Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica (TECA).

Gotu Kola Madecassoside Powder

Madecasooside Powder is extracted from Centella Asiatica Herb. In essence, it is concentrated Triterpenes that aid in skin protection and repair. Research also shows that Gotu kola Madecassoside Powder helps in skin whitening, wound healing, eliminating blemishes and scarring, and treating and calming sunburned sin.  The Gotu Kola Madecassoside Powder is a very sought-after ingredient in commercial and natural skincare alike. LuckHerb is one of the few wholesale providers of Gotu Kola Madecassoside Powder. Apart from being used in creams and gels. It is also used in soaps and face masks.

For bulk investment in this product, LuckHerb is your professional herb wholesale supplier. Quality is not something we compromise on.

Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica (TECA)

Another Gotu Kola Extract that performs wonders on your skin and health is the Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica (TECA). It is a mixture of two potent ingredients Asiaticoside and Triterpenic Genins.

TECA is not a new ingredient in the market. It is already widely used in Europe for medicinal purposes such as wound healing. It too is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-oxidant and helps soothe and heal stretch marks and blemishes.

As an anti-oxidant, it helps kill free radicals that are the number one cause of premature aging. Apart from wound healing, it also stimulates the production of Collagen and Fibroblast.

Commercially available TECA is often not water-soluble. LuckHerb uses “nano liposome technology” that makes the TECA particle smaller and hence more stable. The smaller particle size also helps it to absorb into the skin quickly and easily.

Side Effects of Gotu Kola Extracts

Gota Kola is well tolerated by our body, in some cases ingestion of Gotu kola can cause the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach

It is also best to avoid Gotu kola or its extracts if you are with-child, have liver disease, or are breastfeeding.

For Topical treatments, it is always wise to do a skin patch test. For a patch test, take a dime-sized amount and rub it on your forearms. In case of irritation or inflammation within twenty-four hours, discontinue using the product. Gotu Kola is a hyperaccumulator plant and is often planted in contaminated soil to treat and remedy it. It, therefore, has high levels of heavy metals in its makeup.  Please be sure of your source of Gotu Kola Madecassoside Powder and Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica (TECA); as Such LuckHerb can guarantee its quality; it is grown organically and in safe, clean soil.

Gotu Kola is also known for its calming effect. It is likely to amplify when taking sedatives or under alcohol consumption. Avoid taking sedatives with it as it will lead to extreme dizziness that would hinder your performance.  Either way, do not mix other pharmaceutical drugs with it.

Bottom Line

Gotu Kola is a wonderful ingredient grown in the wetlands of Asia. It soothes and calms irritated and sensitive skin while also fighting signs of aging. It has previously been used for medicinal purposes for centuries over. It has newly garnered its reputation in the skincare and beauty world due to extensive research and its use in K beauty Products. Whether ingested or applied topically, it provides benefits to both our skin and body. If you have not incorporated this into your life, now is the right time to do so.

 

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https://www.healthline.com/health/gotu-kola-benefits#takeaway

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