“Elixir of life” in traditional Ayurvedic medicine due to its supposed benefits to cognition
Celastrus paniculatus, also known as black oil plant, jyothismati, or malkanguni is a wild shrub native to India, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Celastrus oil is believed to help treat various health conditions, such as asthma, arthritis, gout, brain dysfunction, and leprosy [1, 2, 3].
This plant is also referred to as the “elixir of intellect” or the “elixir of life” in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, due to its supposed benefits to cognition .
The leaves and seeds of the plant are used medicinally or to prepare extracts or celastrus oil.
The seeds contain celastrine and paniculatin (alkaloids), which may contain antioxidants. According to some researchers, compounds in the seed extract block acetylcholine esterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. This may increase acetylcholine levels in the brain, which potentially could have nootropic effects [5, 6]
We use Celastrus in Lions Mane capsules and its oil in the Cognition blend