Bacopa monnieri is a creeping perennial that has small oval shaped leaves and purple flowers. You can find Bacopa in warm wetlands, and is native to India as well as Australia. This plant is also common as a weed in rice fields throughout East Asia and the United States. Unlike the potentially addictive and forceful action of widely used psychostimulants, chronic and moderate administration of BM appears to nourish rather than deplete neurons, an action compatible with 1400 years of Ayurvedic study.
BM has been studied extensively in animal models and in vitro. While BM is implicated in the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative disorders, this review will concentrate on cognition, learning, and memory. The clinical studies cited focus on memory, omitting other facets of cognition like fluid intelligence or creativity. Past clinical studies were not longitudinal, typically lasting only 12 weeks. As a result, the long-term effect of BM on humans is unknown, but animal models suggest considerable protection against age-related neurodegeneration rather than progressive toxicity or tolerance formation.
The benefits are as follows.
- Contains powerful antioxidants
- Reduction of inflammation
- Boosting brain functions
- Helping reduce ADHD symptoms
- preventing anxiety and stress
- Lowering blood pressure levels
- May have anticancer properties