May 18

“Brahmi” (Bacopa monnieri) benefits the brain by balancing levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones, thus improving cognitive and mental health. The many ways that bacopa benefits cognitive and mental health are impressive. Bacopa is a foundational herbal remedy in the ancient healing traditions of both China and India. It has been highly prized as a brain tonic for reducing stress and anxiety, boosting mental energy and clarity, and protecting the brain from aging. It is very easy to grow. (Full article down below.)

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How Bacopa Benefits Balanced Brain Chemistry:

Bacopa benefits the brain by balancing levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones, thus improving cognitive and mental health. Get details on using it.

The many ways that bacopa benefits cognitive and mental health are impressive.

Bacopa is a foundational herbal remedy in the ancient healing traditions of both China and India.

It has been highly prized as a brain tonic for reducing stress and anxiety, boosting mental energy and clarity, and protecting the brain from aging.

Bacopa is neither stimulating nor sedating but works by bringing the body and mind into a state of balance.

In this article, I’ll look at this traditional herb and why it deserves a place on any list of top brain supplements.

Traditional Uses for Bacopa

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is a creeping herb with white flowers and small fleshy leaves that grows in bogs and wetlands on every inhabited continent.

It’s of major importance in India’s traditional Ayurvedic system of healing.

It also goes by the name brahmi after Brahmā, the Hindu god of creation. (1)

Its use as a nerve and brain tonic for improving memory, learning, and concentration goes back at least 3,000 years.

According to legend, it was used by ancient scholars to memorize lengthy hymns and scriptures.

It has also been used to treat insomnia, fatigue, and disorders of the heart, lungs, and digestive system. (2)

Bacopa Balances Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are chemicals brain cells use to communicate with each other.

They regulate mood, appetite, addictions, energy, libido, motivation, and more.

They control your ability to focus, concentrate, learn, remember, and turn off your mind when it’s time to relax and go to sleep.

Bacopa is a master neurotransmitter regulator that dials their production up or down as needed.

In this way, bacopa brings the levels of three major neurotransmitters — serotonin, dopamine, and GABA — into balance. (3)

Bacopa also increases the level of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter of memory and learning. (4)

The symptoms of low levels of acetylcholine are typical of what we joke about as “senior moments” — struggling to find the right word, constantly losing things, and not remembering what you’ve just read.

Without adequate acetylcholine your brain can’t turn short-term memories into long-term memories. (5)

Since Alzheimer’s patients typically have extremely low acetycholine levels — usually around 10% of normal — it’s suspected that this brain chemical plays a significant role in Alzheimer’s. (6)

The drugs currently used to treat Alzheimer’s work by blocking the breakdown of acetylcholine.

So far about a dozen bioactive compounds have been found in bacopa, the most important of which are bacopaside A and bacopaside B. (7)

These compounds encourage the growth of new nerve endings called dendrites which brain cells need to communicate with each other. (8)

In one study, bacopa was tested against two very different kinds of cognitive enhancers — the ancient herbal remedy ginseng and the popular smart drug Modafinil. (9)

Bacopa exhibited superior cognitive benefits compared to both of them.

Bacopa can improve attention, memory, and the ability to learn in seniors, children, and everyone in between. (10)

This versatility makes it a popular addition in brain-boosting nootropic formulas and in supplements that address age-related mental decline.

Bacopa Balances Stress Hormones

Bacopa belongs to a small group of herbs known as adaptogens.

Adaptogens promote overall health by bringing the body into a state of balance known as homeostasis.

Like all adaptogens, bacopa balances the level of the potentially damaging stress hormone cortisol and supports healthy adrenal function.

The adrenal glands are an important part of a properly functioning stress response system.

Adaptogens have the unique ability to calm a stressed mind and increase energy without being either sedating or stimulating.

In many ways, adaptogens act like a thermostat that keeps you in an emotional “comfort zone.”

It’s this ability to restore balance that makes bacopa equally beneficial for anxiety and depression. (11)

Bacopa Is a Multipurpose Brain Protector

Bacopa can protect the brain from damage now and thus from degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s that reveal themselves later in life. (12, 13)

It’s an herb that increases cerebral blood flow, delivering more oxygen, nutrients, and glucose — the brain’s primary energy source — to the brain. (14)

Bacopa acts as an antioxidant to fight the effects of free radical damage to the brain. (15, 16)

Free radicals are unattached oxygen molecules that damage and age all cells, especially brain cells.

Bacopa is also an anti-inflammatory agent.

When the immune system becomes overactive, it results on chronic inflammation.

This can happen anywhere in the body including in the brain.

Bacopa helps calm chronic brain inflammation, a major contributing factor in depression, anxiety, memory loss, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. (1718)

Lastly, bacopa protects the brain from the accumulation of aluminum, a neurotoxic metal that causes memory loss and is found in high concentrations in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. (1920)

Bacopa Supplements Dosage and Side Effects

Bacopa is a very popular ingredient found in many brain supplements.

It’s also available as a single-ingredient supplement.

Bacopa supplements are almost always sold in the form of capsules and only occasionally as a liquid extract or powder since it doesn’t taste very good.

To be sure you are getting genuine bacopa, look for a supplement that specifically states Bacopa monnieri on the label.

Bacopa can easily be confused with gotu kola (Centella asiatica), another Ayurvedic remedy that shares the common name brahmi.

Bacopa Dosage

The standard daily dose for Bacopa monnieri is 300 mg if standardized to 55% of bacosides. (21)

The University of Maryland’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide recommends taking 50 to 100 mg of bacopa three times per day, once with each meal. (22)

Note that bacopa is not a quick fix.

While its anti-anxiety effects are usually evident immediately, it can take two to three months to experience maximum cognitive-enhancing benefits.

Bacopa Side Effects

Bacopa is considered very safe — safe enough to give to children.

The rare side effects of bacopa such as dry mouth, nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhea can largely be avoided by taking it along with meals. (23)

Historically, traditional practitioners understood this and administered bacopa cooked with clarified butter known as ghee.

Since bacopa is fat soluble, cooking it would have increased its bioavailability.

Taking bacopa along with a meal that includes some fat will almost certainly help it work better for you too.

Bacopa Benefits: The Bottom Line

Bacopa is an herbal brain tonic with a long history of use that is widely recognized as a safe and effective cognitive enhancer today.

It balances neurotransmitter levels and aids brain cell communication by growing new dendrites on nerve cells.

Bacopa also protects the brain from the damaging effects of stress, free radicals, inflammation, and environmental toxins.

Supplementing with bacopa is an excellent choice if you have memory loss accompanied by burdensome stress or are seeking to prevent or minimize age-related mental decline.


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6 Responses to “Donation & The Many Benefits Of “Brahmi” (Bacopa monnieri)”

  1. squodgy Says:

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    Stress, obesity, hypertension, insomnia are but a few modern society ailments, for which the prescribed medication can cause bladder leakage and incontinence, but wait…it might be fashionable soon…

    I can just imagine Procter & Gamble putting a spin on Pampers for adults…another potentially big market, again spun off from BigPharma.

  2. squodgy Says:

    First poor harvests, then inflated prices.

    Food shortages next. Kissinger’s Law becomes reality.

  3. squodgy Says:

    The deliberate crash in oil prices has wiped out marginal fracking fields, but for the corrupt arabs to jump in and buy the equipment for scrap, can only mean they actually want to scrap it and remove it from the equation.

  4. squodgy Says:

    How do these people hold office?
    The shuttle was decrepit, the only alternative was a rocket, but due to lack of research & investment by the Bush & Obama regimes, the Russians had developed a reliable & competitive engine, the use of which was of benefit to the US Space Program.
    How easy is it for procrastinating American bureaucrats to shoot themselves in the foot?

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