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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!

According to a comparative study3, a Centella asiatica extract is 4 times more prolific in stimulating Telomerase production than the molecular formulation TA-65 (250U); latter which one research study found as lengthening Telomeres4 by 530 base pairs of nucleotides – over a period of 1 year.

Telomere length has already been demonstrated5 as the biggest determinant of longevity.

The only caveat here is that a consumer of Centella asiatica should monitor their Telomere Lengths regularly via tests like Q-FISH so that they do not exceed 8,000 nucleotides each (same as a 20 year old’s). Otherwise, if one consumes Centella asiatica non-stop over a long period, they can – in my opinion – develop temporary symptoms due to excess Cellular Division. In that case, the person ought to stop consuming this herb, Centella asiatica, of the Parsley family and the symptoms should abate.

Centella asiatica actually likely prevents Cancer by enhancing Telomere length. In this way, it protects from mutations to DNA such as the one that causes Cancer (Cancer Cells evade Telomere shortening by switching on Telomerase production through a mutation).

Text: Copyright and related rights waived via CC0, by Salman Shuaib.

REFERENCES:
Featured Image: Photo 52991130 / Centella Asiatica © Kerdkanno | Dreamstime.com
1: https://www.theherbprof.com/InfoGotuKola.htm
2: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2009/greider/facts/
3: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6755196/pdf/mmr-20-04-3701.pdf
4: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178008/pdf/rej.2015.1793.pdf
5: https://joshmitteldorf.scienceblog.com/2015/04/29/large-new-survey-tracks-telomere-length-and-mortality/

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