Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi)
|By Jonathan Roseland||Connect|
Bacopa is another historical Nootropic, it has been used in India as a form of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Bacopa owes its Nootropic effect to boosting serotonin levels. As one of the three essential nuerotransmitters serotonin is linked to depression, anxiety and mood balancing effects.
Bacopa also feeds your brain two important P450 enzymes, PROD and EROD which help you deal with stress. Bacopa improves overall intelligence, reduces anxiety, ability to concentrate, memory, and since it's a nuerotransmitter assister, motor learning plasticity. A chemical ingedient, Bacosides protect the synaptic functions of the nerves in the hippocampus, which is regarded as the seat of memory. It has strong antioxidant properties which protect your memory centers and is also believed that it helps with neuronal synthesis. It also protects your brain the the nuerotoxins in glutemate and is an acetylcholinesterase (a negative chemical that hinders the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) inhibitor.
An extensive double-blind placebo-controlled, study done by the Swinburne University, School of Biophysical Science in Victoria, Australia, it came to the conclusion that it consistently improves higher order cognitive processes:
- Improved speed of visual information processing
- Learning rates
- Memory consolidation
- Reducing state anxiety
A 2003 study found that it scavenges free radicals in the body and protects DNA.
Rat testing has also suggested that it, also reduces the onset of Alzheimer's diseases.
Bacopa monniera or Brahmi is an extract of a perennial herb is found in India, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and southern part of the USA. Bacopa is taken now as capsule supplement and is very affordable $6-$12 for a monthly supply.
It can take up to 12 weeks to get the maximum mind power benefits from a Bacopa regimen.
In one remarkable case from many years ago, I had an opportunity to use a similar formula with great success. A friend’s wife came down with bacterial meningitis. Luckily, they caught it early enough. She was rushed to the hospital and given intravenous antibiotics. Her life was saved and she was discharged from the hospital, but she still had severe cognitive problems. Her ability to hear, see, speak, and smell all were seriously impaired. She was unable to hold a conversation, work, or read; even food had a strange taste. Her doctors had done all they could do and advised her that these troubling symptoms would hopefully resolve after six to twelve months. I was asked to help at this point and recommended several nootropic and adaptogenic herbs. In two weeks, she reported significant improvement, and after a month on this formula, she stated that she was “back to normal, and maybe even better than that.” This case, although remarkable in its quick and total success, is not all that unusual and shows how herbs can offer significant benefits for many “untreatable conditions.”
Winston, David; Maimes, Steven (2007-03-22). Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief (p. 224). Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.