Commercial name Gotu Kola
Botanical name Centella asiatica
Botanical family Umbelliferae
CAS # 84696-21-9
Plant part Whole Plant
Manufacturing place China
Active ingredient(s) Asiaticoside
Extraction’s method Solvent extraction
Extract ratio 250:1
Centella asiatica Extracts
Gotu Kola most commonly known as a cognitive enhancing supplement. It also has additional benefits for cardiovascular health (renowned for chronic venous insufficiency), skin regeneration and wound healing. It is a traditional medicine that is mostly used in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
We are definitely in love with this plant and its extracts. Many of its empirical uses are now proven by science and the extracts produced from it become a must in many preparation. Just google centella asiatica in cosmetic and you will be convinced.
It’s recommended by WHO as one of the most important medicinal plant species to be conserved and cultivated.
Commercial name Gotu Kola
Organoleptic Specification Method of analysis
Aspect Fine powder Visual
Color White to creamy Visual
Odor & Taste Characteristic Organoleptic test
Particle size 98% pass 80 mesh 80 Mesh screen
Bulk Density 0.45 – 0.55 g/cm3 USP34-NF29<616>
Loss on drying NMT 4% USP34-NF29<731>
Ash NMT 1% USP34-NF29<281>
Reconstruction of the dermis
Accelerate nervous activity
Good for increasing memory
Studies that have been done on Griffonia simplicifolia suggest that when supplemented as an herb, it may rival the effects of supplementing 5-HTP in isolation. However, further research is needed to confirm this effect. There may be other bioactives in the plant that are still undiscovered. Additional studies are needed to determine whether supplementing Griffonia simplicifolia is truly comparable to supplementing 5-HTP.5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter sometimes touted to be responsible for happiness. 5-HTP is a simple way to increase brain serotonin levels by bypassing the rate-limiting step, and users reap either the rewards or the hazards of increased brain serotonin.
Green Coffee extract is produced by using unroasted coffee bean. The extraction process aim to concentrate the Chlorogenic acids, molecules having small phenolics bound to a Quinic acid group.
The Chlorogenic Acids in Green Coffee Extract are readily absorbed, and they themselves or their metabolites (such as ferulic acid) mediate many of the benefits of Green Coffee Extract.
Green Coffee Extract may weakly reduce body weight in overweight and obese persons (the mechanisms involved in this remains currently unknown, thought to be related to preventing carbohydrate uptake from the intestines after a meal). Some studies suggest that green coffee supplementation improve the blood health by increasing vasoreactivity and lowering blood pressure. This improvement benefit mainly to benefit people with poor vascular function or high blood pressure. Some studies have attributed this property to the ferulic acid metabolite.
Our opinion: Green Coffee Extract is a good and healthy ingredient. However, for validated all the benefits it is touted for, more studies should be done and we still consider that it seems to not be as efficient as some other supplements.