Bacopa Benefits | Memory, Mood & Nervous System Support

Bacopa Health Benefits

Bacopa, also called 'Brahmi', means "supreme knowledge" and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to sharpen the mind, alleviate mental deficiencies and nervous system rejuvination.

Bacopa Pharmacology

Botanical Name

Bacopa monniera

Other Common Names

Brahmi, Herb of Grace, Indian Pennywort & Water Hyssop

Part Used

Aerial parts / Leaves & Stalks

Main Therapeutic Compounds

Saponins (bacosides), alkaloids (brahmine & herpestine) and flavonoids

Herbal Actions

Cognition enhancing
Nervine tonic
Brain Tonic
Thyroid stimulant (combined with ashwagandha)

Bacopa Herbal Benefits

Anxiety || Memory || ADHD
Cognitive Function || Stress Relief || Nervous System Tonic

Nervous System & Cognitive Function

Bacopa is well known for improving mental function, memory, concentration and reducing learning time. Bacopa helps to support healthy neurotransmitters, serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and acetylcholine. These actions may be beneficial for balancing the mind, mood and cognitive process.
Recent research shows that Bacopa's antioxidant and saponin compounds may assist in protecting against the neural oxidative damage associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Mood & Anxiety

Bacopa is a useful nervine tonic for reducing the stress hormone cortisol and regulating the stress response. It is traditionally used to decrease anxiety by supporting serotonin production and calming the nervous system.

Bacopa Typical Use

Tea & Infusion

2-10 grams daily in capsule, tablet or powder form.

Tincture & Liquid Extract

Typical use of Bacopa tincture or liquid extract is approximately 10mls daily, or as directed by your practitioner.

Herbal Combinations

Combines well with Passionflower, Ashwagandha, Skullcap, Schisandra & Oat Seed.

Cautions & Safety

Not recommended during pregnancy.
If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner prior to use.


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