Bacopa Monnieri

Why we include:

For centuries, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have touted the benefits of Bacopa monnieri. In recent years, Western scientists have begun to back up anecdotal evidence of its efficacy with lab-based findings. A comprehensive review conducted at Taylor’s University in Malaysia found that the bacosides in Bacopa monnieri have neuroprotective properties that might reduce the risk of developing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. They also noted that the potent herb appears to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.  

A study released via Rejuvenation Research suggested that Bacopa monnieri improves cerebral blood flow and improves the effectiveness of the focus-promoting neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine. Another paper published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that bacopa monnieri improved participants’ recall, while also keeping anxiety in check during memory tests.