Bacopa monnieri – The #1 Herbal Nootropic*
Helps Concentration and Memory, Increases Neuroprotection and Cerebral Blood Flow, Balances Neurotransmitters plus Much More*
Bacopa has been so revered over the years that the Hindus named this herb “Brahmi,” named after their creator god Brahma.
Other names include Water Hyssop, Moneywort, or Herb of Grace. It has been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for several thousand years as a Rasayana, to make new again, reversing age related decline in both the physical and mental realms as well as increasing a sense of wholesomeness.*
- May promote optimal mood*
- Reduces stress*
- Increases memory, concentration, and reaction time*
- Protects the brain and neurons*
- May balance certain neurotransmitters*
Bacopa Rejuvenates the Mind and Brain*
The capabilities of Bacopa for promoting memory recall and other mental functions has been the primary use of the herb for a very long time indeed. Research, though limited, has begun to shed light on how it does this.
One method is through its constituents Bacoside A, jujubogenin and pseudojujubogenin which break down in the body to ebelin lactone and bacogenin A1. These two have been shown to have high blood brain barrier penetration and directly bind to receptor sites that act to increase cognitive and memory prowess.1*
Bacopa has also been shown to help manage the neurotransmitter balance in the cerebral cortex (specifically of acetylcholine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and others) and through this action help with mental conditions that can result from an imbalance of these.2*
Another study found very favorable results in restless young children of 7 years old. It effectively decreased restlessness and increased concentration and self-control in the previously diagnosed group after six months of a daily 225 mg extract.3*
Current evidence suggests Bacopa increases cerebral blood flow and also reduces β-amyloid plaques (which contribute to age-related brain decline). It’s also being looked at for helping in other brain health applications with its neurotransmitter-regulating effects.4*
Adaptogen and Rasayana
Bacopa could be considered an adaptogen of the highest order. Its anti-stress effects come primarily through its ability to fortify the mind to withstand prolonged mental stress (whatever that may be) and a sound mind translates into less stress throughout the body.*
Many bodily effects of Bacopa are therefore a rebalancing in reaction to less cortisol in the body.*
One action is through prevention of neuronal dysfunction through oxidative processes.5* This helps the brain recover quicker during sleep which translates to optimal brain performance the following day.* A tired mind is an inefficient mind. Neurons have been shown to get tired with length of stress and lack of sleep. Bacopa helps prevent tired neurons and their much weaker response to daily stressors, restoring work capacity and thus improving all mental functions.*
In addition to helping the mind adapt to stress, Bacopa has been shown to have neuroprotective effects against toxins.6* This is important in today’s human-made chemically saturated world and can help prevent aging of the brain through unseen toxin exposure.
In Ayurveda, particular Rasayana’s target specific organs and so there came to be categories that Rasayana’s would be grouped into. A Madhya Rasayana is a Rasayana that targets the mind specifically.7* This is what bacopa falls under among other herbs like ashwagandha.
Other Benefits of Bacopa monnieri
Traditionally, Bacopa has been used for optimal bowel movements and digestion.* When combined with other herbs in a paste it would be a valuable addition to get herbs through to someone dealing with issues in these areas.
Luteolin, a compound in Bacopa has been shown to possess strong anti-microbial effects against the much-feared bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. It was shown to work better then anti-biotics at binding to the receptor sites of the cell.7*
Additionally, certain fungi found in Bacopa were found to possess a powerful cytotoxic and anti-microbial effect that may be passed along to the rest of the body.8*
Certified Organic Real Spectrum Extract
When it comes to nootropics, most are either drugs or isolated nutrients. But Bacopa is often used in its full form.
Even so, it is often standardized for bacosides. What this means is certain parts of it are discarded in order to reach this “standard” of what we think is the most useful part.
We’ve decided to go in a different direction using a real spectrum extract. This means that everything that is in the plant is here in its natural ratios. This allows you to get the benefits with less of a chance of side effects.
Still, for those curious, there are 15% bacosides in this extract. That means there’s plenty of other saponins, including bacopasides as well as alkaloids like brahmine and monnierasides and much more.
We’re also happy to announce that our Bacopa extract is 100% certified organic.
How to Take Bacopa
This powdered extract comes in a 30-gram bag (approximately one ounce).
The recommended dose is 250 mg twice a day, morning and night. Each dose is about 1/8th of a teaspoon. At this dose, each bag will last you two months!
For best results, you’ll need to take bacopa every day for a couple of months. As an adaptogen, it works better the longer you take it.
That being said this is one that I tend to feel right away and you might too. There’s an immediate amount of focus as the “mental cobwebs” disappear.
It is best to take with food, as bacopa side effects sometimes include upset stomach. Historically, it was typically taken with ghee, as a fat source can provide better absorption and utilization.
You can use it as a pick me up any time you need better concentration and/or to get work done. Bacopa is great for meditating too!
Bacopa monnieri is largely safe for even small children to consume.