What is Bacopa?
Bacopa Monnieri, often used in herbal supplements, is a perennial herb that grows mostly in wetland regions and produces a beautiful blush pink flower. In modern nomenclature it goes by the name Water Hyssop but Bacopa is perhaps most known for it esteemed place in Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine.
Perhaps Bacopa was held in such high regard because of its ability to enhance cognition. In fact, Bacopa was recommended to use for memorizing long passes of the traditional texts. Bacopa benefits were thought to help to retain information and sharpen the memory.
Expected Results of Bacopa
Like most supplements, the effects of Bacopa are not immediately felt, but consistent use can produce profound results. Although some may begin to feel a lifting of daily anxiety levels after 3-5 days of use, most benefits will be noticed after 4-5 weeks of use.
The effects seemingly remain even after stopping supplementation, suggesting long term benefits. In one Australian study, measurements after 5 weeks of use showed benefits related to cognition such as memory increase and processing speed of the mind contributing to overall learning enhancements.
Traditional Use of Bacopa
Bacopa Monnieri is an herb that originated in India and Southeast Asia. In traditional Ayurveda, an ancient Indian form of holistic medicine, Bacopa Monnieri was used to address conditions that effected the nervous system and mental health.
In ancient Ayurvedic texts, Bacopa Monnieri was referred to as “Brahmi” a seemingly prestigious nickname that derives from the God Brahma in Hindu Religion. Bacopa was considered a rasayana, a term used for medicines that were made into tonics. It was thought to revitalize the tissues in the body as well as boost intellect.
Bacopa As A Nootropic
With the rise of popularity in nootropic supplements, Bacopa has been put front and center. Partially because of its aforementioned use as an Ayurvedic herb, but mostly because of the overwhelmingly positive research for its ability to enhance brain function.
Such research has shown Bacopa has the ability to help process visual information, improve the rate of information processing, decrease anxiety, and enhance spacial memory.
The Science Behind Bacopa
The active components of bacopa are bacoside A and bacoside B. Both of which are chemical compounds (referred to dammarane-type triterpenoid saponins) that can help your body rebuild damage caused to neurons, in turn increasing neuro-signaling in the brain.
A study conducted on 54 volunteers, taking 300mg per day, showed how Bacopa Monnieri can help learning and memory. After 12 weeks, volunteers had reported;
-Increased attention span
-Enhanced focus while learning
-Improved scores on memory tests
-Word recall ability enhancement
The brain loses neural efficiency when under chronic stress. Bacopa protects the brain from stressors that come from heat shock proteins and increases detoxing cytochrome enzymes.
Dosage And Safety
Bacopa does not have any regulated dosage guidelines and has been shown to be tolerable at a dose of up to 5,000 milligrams per kg of bodyweight, making it very safe to use.
Studies showed efficacy when used in doses of anywhere from 300-640mg per day. For that reason, the Bacopa Extract used in The Sandalwood by HerbBox contains a daily dose of 500mg.
Bacopa is a supplement that is fat-soluble, so it is recommended to take your daily dose with a healthy fat source such as MCT Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil to help your body properly absorb the beneficial compounds.
Bacopa is a powerful adaptogen that helps your body produce natural chemical reactions that increase memory and learning capacity.
Having been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine, Bacopa has a long standing as an effective herbal supplement to increase your mental capabilities.