Gotu kola is an herb derived from a plant native to Asia and parts of Africa. The dried leaves may be ingested in capsular form or in a tea. Gotu kola may help protect brain cells by aiding blood flow through microscopic arteries in the heart and brain. Gotu kola also maximizes the use of glucose, which is the brain’s main fuel.
This little herb acts as an antioxidant, helping to prevent atherosclerosis. It may also improve kidney function and relieve symptoms associated with arthritis and lupus.
While gotu kola’s health benefits are many, it may also produce unwanted side effects, including GI upset and allergic reactions. It is contraindicated if you take anticoagulant, as gotu kola is a natural blood thinner.
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