Bacopa monnieri, also known as water hyssop, is a nootropic plant that is normally used in traditional Indian medicine, which is called Ayurveda.
Bacopa Monnieri, or brahmi, has been shown to help with treating Alzheimer’s disease, improve memory, and reduce anxiety. It also helps with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because it is an adaptogen, a compound that helps prevent stress. Other benefits include treating allergic conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.
Bacopa Monnieri works by increasing certain brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, but its main objective is promoting neural communication. It helps improve brain functions by enhancing the rate at which the nervous system can communicate by increasing the growth of the nerve endings. Some of the research suggests that it might be able to protect the brain cells from chemical related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Bacopa Monnieri’s major effect is that it helps improve memory. Studies have demonstrated that adults who take Bacopa Monnieri show an improvement in memory function. Another well-known positive effect is that it improves memory and hand-eye coordination in children between the age of 6 and 8.
On the other hand, when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Bacopa seems to have no effect, the symptoms of the disease returning after remission.
Other benefits are yet to be proven, but so far tests have shown that taking Bacopa syrup daily for 4 weeks can reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness, racing heart, headaches, tiredness, etc. Another study has shown that by taking Bacopa extract for a certain amount of time, you can prevent seizures in some people with epilepsy.
Other uses for Bacopa, that haven’t been fully tested, involve asthma, backache, mental illness, and so on. There are many tests being made to see how much can Bacopa do.
Bacopa Monnieri is normally safe for adults to be taken orally appropriately and short-term, up to 12 weeks. Some of the common side effects that you may encounter include increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth and fatigue.
Due to the fact that there are tests still being done with Bacopa, it is not yet safe to assume that it is all right for pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding to consume it.
People suffering from bradycardia, or in other words, who have a slow heart rate shouldn’t consume Bacopa Monnieri because it can slow the heart rate even more, up to a dangerous level.
Bacopa isn’t safe for people suffering from thyroid disorders because it might increase the levels of thyroid hormone, therefore it should be used with caution or avoided completely if you have a thyroid condition or use thyroid hormone medications.
Consult your doctor before deciding to consume Bacopa Monnieri to see if it is the right nootropic for you. Otherwise, Bacopa is very useful for improving your brain function.