Gotu Kola (Pegaga): 4 Amazing Benefits Of This Ancient Skin Repairing & Brain Boosting Herb
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Gotu Kola (Pegaga): 4 Amazing Benefits Of This Ancient Skin Repairing & Brain Boosting Herb

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22 August 2018

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Gotu Kola, Pegaga or Brahmi, is one of the world’s most powerful adaptogenic herbs, even being called the ‘miracle elixir of life’ and ‘a pharmacy in one herb’, and for good reason!

If you were told there was an ancient tropical plant native to Malaysia that could boost brain function (for children and adults), hasten the healing of wounds, was a powerful antioxidant and even improve overall skin quality — wouldn’t you want find to out more?

Revered by Daoist masters and Yogis for thousands of years as a powerful longevity boosting herb, Gotu Kola is known as the most spiritual herb in India, and the “fountain of youth” in China for its ability to speed wound healing, protect the heart, and help heal just about everything.

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Gotu Kola, known variously as Centella Asiatica, Indian Pennywort, Brahmi and Pegaga in Malaysia, is a plant found growing in warm tropical countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and even the South Pacific. It has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to treat and ease many conditions including the common cold, fatigue and bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

The leaf of the plant is used as the main ingredient in creams, capsules, as a tea or even consumed fresh. It contains important nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins and phytonutrients (tannin, polyphenol, flavonoids). Here in Malaysia, Gotu Kola is eaten fresh and is an ingredient of ulam, a traditional Malay salad comprising herbs and raw vegetables like Ulam Raja, Selom and Pegaga.

積雪草 (又名崩大碗),是世上最強大草藥,它深受道教及瑜伽修行者幾千年的愛戴,在印度被視為神聖的草藥,在中國則因為療癒效用而被視為青春之泉。

積雪草生長在溫暖的熱帶國家如馬來西亞、印尼、印度、斯里蘭卡甚至是南太平洋。它被傳統中國醫學廣泛使用,用來治療常見的感冒、疲勞及病毒感染。積雪草的葉子常被用來製作成乳液、膠囊、茶,甚至是生食。它含有豐富的維他命C、B還有植物營養素(丹寧酸、多酚、黃酮)。

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4 Key Benefits of Consuming Gotu Kola

1. Improves brain function and memory

This is the most interesting and renowned benefit of consuming this herb as it is said to improve memory and mental cognition (learning, problem solving, decision making). A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease stated that the extract of the herb could improve memory by ‘enhancing the activity of a pathway associated with long-term memory formation’.

Tests carried out have shown that cognitive function have improved after the consumption of Gotu Kola. Due to its ability to boost memory, it has been suggested as a natural treatment to help the slow down the the progression of brain diseases.

2. Improves skin quality

Due to the fact that Gotu Kola also contains amino amino and fatty acids, beta carotene and phytonutrients, it is the perfect natural remedy to calm inflammation, hasten healing processes, improve circulation and even stimulate cell growth.

These benefits naturally lead to skin rejuvenation, new cell growth and improving collagen production; which means skin looks and feels smoother. Another added benefit of the improved collagen production is that it also helps strengthen hair and nail growth. Gotu Kola is even recommended for the treatment of skin lesions such as excoriations, burns, hypertrophic scars or eczema.

3. Aids digestion and detoxifies

Another popular use of this herb is to detoxify and aid in digestion. Due to its mild diuretic properties, consuming it helps flush out of excess toxins, ease inflammation, boost energy levels and instigate weight loss, all while keeping fluid balance even and nourishing the body.

Releasing toxins has many benefits including easing inflammation, boosting energy levels, improving skin texture and just making you feel 'lighter' and cleansed.

4. Powerful antioxidant

Gotu Kola is also effective in enhancing antioxidant activity the body, which in turn helps alleviate inflammation. Protecting the body’s cells against inflammation can help prevent chronic diseases and inflammatory disorders such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

There are many illnesses whose symptoms are eased and improved with the consumption of Gotu Kola. Research has even shown that Gotu Kola can help kill cancer cells. A 2008 study showed that using a Gotu Kola extract in the treatment of human breast cancer cells successfully helped blocked cancer growth and induced cancer cell death.

With all its incredible health boosting properties, the herb has famously earned its reputation as the herb of longevity amongst many ancient traditions. Able to help heal and support the body in many ways, it’s easy to see how Gotu Kola can be a beneficial to the health of children and adults.

We know finding the right Pegaga leaves may be tricky, so we’ve done the work for you. We’ve created Pegaga by PurelyB, a powerful blend of traditional Asian 'superfood' herbs with Pegaga, Turmeric & Papaya Leaf. Experience the extraordinary healing benefits such as skin repair, boosted brain function and improved digestion for yourself. Find out more now.

積雪草的四大功效
一、增強腦袋機能以及記憶力
積雪草有助增強記憶力以及認知發展(如學習,解決問題,決策選擇)。 實驗證明食用積雪草後認知機能顯著增強,更被建議為緩和腦退化症的自然療法。

二、修護肌膚
積雪草富含氨基酸、脂肪酸、胡蘿蔔素和植物營養素,因此非常適合拿來治療發炎症狀、加速癒合過程、促進細胞生長和膠原蛋白的形成。
膠原蛋白形成同時,也可以促進頭髮和指甲的生長。治療如擦傷、燙傷、或濕疹等。

三、改善消化系統及排毒
另一項積雪草的有名功效就是排毒以及幫助消化。積雪草有溫和的利尿作用,可以保持體內水分平衡。清理身體當中多餘的毒素,緩和發炎症狀,甚至可幫助減重、改善皮膚質素。

四、強大的抗氧化劑
積雪草可以提高提高人體抗氧化能力,減輕發炎症狀,可以預防慢性病如肥胖症、糖尿病、心臟疾病、關節炎等。

甚至有研究顯示積雪草可以殺死癌細胞,2008年的治療乳癌實驗發現,使用積雪草萃取物可以成功阻止癌細胞生長。

積雪草憑藉著神奇功效被譽為長壽草藥,能夠以許多方法療養身體。食用積雪草可以有效保護大人及小孩的身體健康。

我們知道要找到積雪草不是個簡單的工作,因此我們推出了Pegaga by PurelyB,混合了積雪草、薑黃、木瓜葉等。這強大的組合可以讓你體驗像是修護肌膚、增強腦袋機能強健消化系統等療效!

References:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319881265_A_review_on_medicinal_properties_of_Centella_asiatica

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259628115_Centella_asiatica_in_Dermatology_An_Overview

https://draxe.com/gotu-kola

/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189951

/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20162036  

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