17th Mar 2013

Gotu Kola: The New Super Food

Kola Kanda is a traditional Sri Lankan street food made up of a variety of green leaves and herbs, the main ingredient being Gotu Kola. It is mixed together with coconut milk, rice and salt, and is often served with Jaggery, a sweet treat that compliments the flavours and caters for the sweet tooth. I tend to drink it without the Jaggery as I like the healthy green flavours. Kola Kanda is a nutritious and wholesome start to the day, I've been going down to the local harbour every morning for the past few weeks at sunrise to get my dose. The positive results and feelings that come from this traditional and natural drink is amazing. Aside from the fact that it really sets you up for the day, I can really notice the effects on my brain power. Further research into the medicinal properties of Kola Kanda have shown that it is often used as a remedy for many diseases and especially used in Ayurvedic practices. Sounds too good to be true but I've recommend it to everyone I've met and have never heard a complaint!
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine. It is an ancient healing system and is based on 5000 years of tradition. In Sri Lanka, approximately 60% of the population are treated using Ayurvedic practices and Gotu Kola plays an important role in all aspects of this ancient healing practice. The preparation of Kola Kanda is not mentioned in Ayurvedic texts, as it is indigenous to Sri Lanka.

Gotu Kola has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and is thought to be one of the most spiritual and rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It is deemed by many cultures as a "miracle elixir of life" as it is an adaptogen as well as a great tonic and detoxifier.
Years ago, the people of Sri Lanka noticed that elephants, renowned for their longevity, munched on the leaves of the plant regularly, and since then it has played an important part in their cuisine.
Gotu Kola has antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, anxiolytic and diuretic properties. It is also shown to possess great healing properties and anti-rheumatism characteristics. It is also believed to improve intelligence and memory capacity and is said to fortify the immune system, both cleansing and filtering it, and strengthens the adrenals. It is also improves reflexes, energises the central nervous system and rebuilds energy reserves. The list goes on and on, have a look for yourself, it really is the new super food of the century.