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Month: September 2021

Centella asiatica and the Time Value of Money

What if an asset had both inherent value and caused you to gain time.

The plant Centella asiatica has inherent value because it requires work to cultivate it.

Yet, unlike any other form of manual or office labour, it does not “cost” time, for it adds time to your life.

Chinese lore has it that the sage Li Ching-Yuen1 used to consume Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) and lived for 256 years.

You see, Centella asiatica stimulates the body to produce Telomerase – an enzyme, whose discovery won Carol Greider a Nobel in 20092. Telomerase contains a template for adding the repeating code “TTAGGG” to our DNA, that acts like a cellular counter.

Each cell division, the cell loses some of this repeating code ~ called Telomere, present at the edges of Chromosomes. The loss of “TTAGGG” repetitions prevents loss of actual DNA genes during cellular division (aging). Think of Telomeres as cellular sentinels!


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