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July 10 2014

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Centella, Ella, Ella, Eh, Eh, Eh

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CENTELLA ASIATICA / n. / 1. Also called Gotu kola, a slender green and red herb with tiny flowers that is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, where it often grows in wet areas; / n. / 2. A nutritious leafy green used in a variety of traditional Asian dishes like Sri Lankan mallung, Indonesian sambai, and Malian ulam; / n. / 3. Considered a true brain food, the tonic is believed to increase attention span and memory capacity and combat fatigue; / n. / 4. An antibacterial, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates circulation and collagen production to help fight aging, e.g., “Boost memory and skin radiance with Centella asiatica.”

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