Bacopa or Brahmi as it is called in Sanskrit grows in swamps and other water logged marshy areas. Its leaves are able to store large quantities of water. Ayurvedic medicine considers Bacopa to be the premier memory enhancing herb and bacopa has been traditionally given to children in India during exam time to improve their focus!
Bacopa has been used in traditional Indian medicine for brain health. Bacopa / Brahmi helps in the following brain functions:
1. Improves learning
2. Increases attention span
3. Promotes focus
4. Dramatically improves memory retention
5. Calms the mind
6. Helps to stay positive
Action of Bacopa:
Bacopa extract contains Bacosides A and B as well as Triterpinoid. These have been shown to improve the functioning of neurons in the brain. New information is better understood, learnt and retained. Bacosides also protect brain cells from free radicals especially the frontal cortex which contains what is known as the "seat of memory".
Bacopa Research and clinical studies:
Several clinical studies have been carried out to test Bacopa's effect on memory and cognition and it was found to have consistent results on learning most of the time.
In one such study conducted in Australia 76 adults between 40-65 years were enrolled and administered bacopa. Testing sessions were held before the trial, after 3 months and then after 6 months. It was consistently found that Bacopa monnieri had a significant effect on retained memory and reduced the rate of forgetting new information.
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