Bacopa or Brahmi as it’s called in India (not to be confused with Gotu Kola also known as Brahmi), is one of the long-standing traditional herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine for cognitive health, especially our long-term memory, concentration, and mental performance.
Clinically, Bacopa is used in memory and cognition, but also to treat anxiety, epilepsy, and specifically learning & memory in ADHD, and the research is there to back it up!
Studies have found Bacopa improved memory consolidation, information processing and a reduction in anxiety amongst healthy volunteers. In children, it had improved visual & motor function, short-term memory & amp; mental reaction times as opposed to placebo groups.
Studies in children with ADHD showed treatment with Bacopa resulted in improved learning and memory, whilst uncontrolled trials with Alzheimer’s disease showed improvements in placing people, time and places, as well as reading, writing and comprehension, and an overall improvement in quality of life.
In a nutshell, our amazing Bacopa is our brains and our nervous systems best friend and makes for a great study buddy too. So next time you are cramming for that exam, pop on the kettle and sip away the brain fog. ‘Brahmi’ in India means energy after all, it’s a great way to help you through the 3pm slump minus the caffeine punch in the adrenals.
Actions: Cognition enhancing, nervine tonic, anxiolytic, mild anticonvulsant, thyroid stimulant, anti-inflammatory, apoptogenic.
Indications: Improves memory (especially medium and long-term), improve mental performance, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, anxiety, Epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.
Pregnancy / Breastfeeding safe: Yes
Enjoy in blends:
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Mediherb.com.au– Herbal Monographs: Bacopa monnieri
The Ultimate Herbal Compendium – Kerry Bone