Gotu Kola can aid in cognitive performance, so if you need to use your noggin, try this Gotu Kola Super Brain Salad.
Gotu Kola Super Brain Salad Ingredients
1 bunch of fresh gotu kola leaves, minced
1 yellow onion, minced
1 green chili, minced
1 large tomato, diced
Juice of 1 lime
1/3 cup of liquid coconut oil
(optional) 1 sage leaf organically grown, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Gotu Kola Super Brain Salad Instructions
Cut the vegetables and combine in large bowl. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and serve fresh!
Gotu Kola Super Brain Salad Research
Gotu kola improved memory in 28 healthy elderly participants. From: Wattanathorn, J., Mator, L., Muchimapura, S., Tongun, T., Pasuriwong, O., Piyawatkul, N., … & Singkhoraard, J. (2008). Positive modulation of cognition and mood in the healthy elderly volunteer following the administration of Centella asiatica. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 116(2), 325-332.
A study of 41 healthy middle aged adults showed significantly improved cognitive performance as measured using the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Abilities Test III. From: Dev, R. D. O. (2009). Comparison on cognitive effects of Centella asiatica in healthy middle age female and male volunteers. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 55, 709.
In a six month study of 60 elderly, gotu kola given twice a day improved cognition measured by the Mini Mental State Examination. From; Tiwari, S., Singh, S., Patwardhan, K., Gehlot, S., & Gambhir, I. S. (2008). Effect of Centella asiatica on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other common age-related clinical problems. Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, 3(4), 215-220.
In a systematic review of multiple human studies, both S. officinalis and S. lavandulaefolia improved cognitive function in healthy patients as well as those with Alzheimer’s / dementia, however higher methodological standardized human clinical trials are needed. From: Miroddi, M., Navarra, M., Quattropani, M. C., Calapai, F., Gangemi, S., & Calapai, G. (2014). Systematic Review of Clinical Trials Assessing Pharmacological Properties of S alvia Species on Memory, Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease. CNS neuroscience & therapeutics, 20(6), 485-495.
In this randomized, placebo controlled, double blind, cross over study with 20 older adults, a 333 mg extract of sage improved memory and attention. From: Scholey, A. B., Tildesley, N. T., Ballard, C. G., Wesnes, K. A., Tasker, A., Perry, E. K., & Kennedy, D. O. (2008). An extract of Salvia (sage) with anticholinesterase properties improves memory and attention in healthy older volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 198(1), 127-139.
In a study of 45 healthy young adults, Salvia officinalis and Saliva lavandulaefolia aroma improved memory performance compared to the control group. From: Moss, M., Rouse, M., & Moss, L. (2014). Aromas of salvia species enhance everyday prospective memory performance in healthy young adults. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 4, 339-346.
In this double blind, randomized, placebo controlled study of 44 adults, a combination of sage, rosemary, and melissa ethenal extracts taken internally improved verbal memory, especially in the older age group. From: Perry, N. S. L., Menzies, R., Hodgson, F., Wedgewood, P., Howes, M. J., Brooker, H. J., … & Perry, E. K. (2017). A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled pilot trial of a combined extract of sage, rosemary and melissa, traditional herbal medicines, on the enhancement of memory in normal healthy subjects, including influence of age. Phytomedicine.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT