Gotu Kola-Food for the Brain

Gotu Kola --- Food for the Brain

There is an old saying that an elephant never forgets, and many people may believe it, but do not know why. It may be because elephants eat the leaves of a plant called Gotu Kola. This plant has earned a traditional recognition among herbalists as being a "brain food" or "brain tonic" because of the effects it has on the brain.

Gotu Kola should not be mistaken for the Kola Nut, from which many soft drinks are derived. Unlike the Kola Nut, Gotu Kola has no caffeine. Never had it, never will!

Because the brain is so vital and sensitive, it is guarded by a protective barrier which helps to prevent many harmful substances from entering through the blood supply. However, when this protective barrier is closed, there is also a reduction in oxygen, nutrients, and waste removal. The result is that we can go through our day feeling "foggy" or light-headed. This can go on until the brain senses a better quality of blood supply and opens its protective barrier. If there is no improvement, serious problems in the brain can result.

Medical science has a way to get around this. They can introduce drugs into the blood that have the ability to force the barrier open. This allows the blood, oxygen, and nutrients to enter the brain, but it also permits the entrance of any substances the barrier was trying to prevent.

Gotu Kola contains several nutrients that are quite welcome in the brain, such as: Vitamins A, B, E, G, and K; minerals such as: magnesium, manganese, and zinc; and many other nutrients in varying amounts. It also contains ingredients called "saponins," which help to promote clean, healthy cell proliferation while offering resistance to fungus, bacteria, and inflammation

Gotu Kola also contains oils that seem to foster the hormones secreted by the brain's pituitary and pineal glands. The performance of these glands is crucial because they Coordinate the secretion of hormones in the body's other glands, as well as causing the glandular System to work in harmony with the nervous system.

There are various trace minerals, including aluminum, contained in Gotu Kola, and the brain uses all of them. However, it apparently does not know the difference between organic and inorganic aluminum and, therefore, its protective barrier allows either kind to enter the brain. Organic aluminum is found naturally in various plants. However, the inorganic kind, which is found in various cooking utensil s and aluminum cans, can easily get into the bloodstream, and make its way to the brain. Since the brain does not know what to do with inorganic aluminum, sediments can accumulate within the brain. This sediment is thought to cause various nervous system disorders that seem like "short-circuits" or "miss-fires."

Fortunately, the saponins contained in Gotu Kola seem to help flush out the inorganic ingredients and replace them with organic kinds. It also helps in the body's resistance to tissue degeneration.

According to Louise Tenny, "Gotu Kola is good when used after a nervous breakdown. It is able to rebuild energy reserves. For this reason, it is called 'food for the brain.' It increases mental and physical power. It combats stress and improves reflexes. Gotu Kola has an energizing effect on the cells of the brain. It is said to also help prevent nervous breakdown. It helps relieve high blood pres sure, mental fatigue, and senility, and helps the body defend itself against various toxins."

That is a lot of potential from a single herb. Perhaps you may want to try it, while you still remember what itdoes!

1. Nutritional Herbalogy, Volume 1, Mark Pedersen
2. Today's Herbal Health, Louise Tenny

The Holistic Health Network.


By Sue Reynolds and Michael Reynolds

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