Bacopa monnieri - Brahmi 101
Bacopa Frequently Asked Questions
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Are Bacopa and Brahmi the same thing?
Yes! Bacopa monnieri also goes by the names Brahmi and Waterhyssop. It’s often referred to as the plant of universal consciousness.
Other less common names include Andri, Herb of Grace, Herpestis Herb, Herpestis Monniera, Hysope d’Eau, Indian Pennywort, Jalanimba, Jal-Brahmi, Jalnaveri, Kleines Fettblatt, Moniera Cuneifolia, Nira-Brahmi, Sambrani Chettu, and Thyme-Leave Gratiola.
What are its health benefits?
The plant has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years. Called the plant of universal consciousness, it is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind, a memory enhancer, and a meditation support that can increase clarity of thought.
Bacopa has therapeutic uses as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, and antiepileptic agent. It’s used to address backache, mental illness, joint pain, and hoarseness. Other uses are as a cardiac tonic and as an aid with bronchitis, respiratory allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastric ulcers.
It interacts with the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, renal, and integumentary body systems. Today, it’s generally recognized that it supports a healthy lifestyle approach related to issues with cardiovascular disease, immunity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, psychological stress, and neurocognition. There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to optimal health will benefit from support from Bacopa as a health supplement.
How did you choose your Bacopa supplier?
For each of the products we sell, company owner Michael Van der Linden and members of our team do substantial research, visit the source, and meet with the collectors and processors personally. We back up our faith in our source and our processors with testing.
Is it used as an anticonvulsant?
It has been used in traditional medicine as a sedative and antiepileptic agent.
Can it provide support for breathing problems?
It’s often used to relieve respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory allergies.
Is it an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory?
Yes. It’s often used to address backache, joint pain, and other aches and pains.
Does it provide support for intestinal issues?
It’s often used to combat intestinal issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.
Does it support skin health?
It’s an antipyretic and is used to support skin health and relieve skin infections like ringworm.
Can it help with stress?
Bacopa is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body combat the effects of stress and enable the body to function normally during traumatic periods. It may help maintain the balance of the nerves and boost energy.
Does it support brain health and memory?
The plant of universal consciousness, Bacopa is commonly used to rejuvenate the mind and provide meditation support. It’s believed that it can increase clarity of thought. It’s often used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and to improve learning. It also acts as a tonic for the nerves and may help sharpen the memory.
It’s also a nootropic (a substance that may improve cognitive function, particularly memory, creativity, and motivation). Bacopa has traditionally been used to support clarity in thinking, learning, memory development, and concentration in otherwise healthy adults. Some research suggests it may also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
It also acts as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations. It is used to improve memory and to address anxiety, epileptic disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergic conditions, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also used as a general tonic to fight stress.
Are Its Health Benefits Backed by Science?
The short answer is “yes.”
Rejuvenation Research says this: “This review synthesizes behavioral research with neuromolecular mechanisms putatively involved with the low-toxicity cognitive enhancing action of Bacopa monnieri (BM), a medicinal Ayurvedic herb. BM is traditionally used for various ailments, but is best known as a neural tonic and memory enhancer. Numerous animal and in vitro studies have been conducted, with many evidencing potential medicinal properties.
“Several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have substantiated BM’s nootropic utility in humans.”
You can read more scientific studies on Bacopa at the National Institutes of Health website.
What are the plant’s traditional uses?
Bacopa has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years. Its use and effects are described in texts such as the Charaka Samhita, Atharva-Veda, and Susrut Samhita as a Medhya Rasayana-class herb. Medhya means intellect and/or memory. Rasayana means a therapeutic procedure or preparation that, with regular practice, may help to boost a target body system.
Ancient Vedic scholars allegedly used the herb to help them memorize lengthy sacred hymns and scriptures. It is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind, a memory enhancer, and a meditation support that can increase clarity of thought.
According to Ayurveda, the plant is bitter, pungent, heating, emetic, and laxative. Therapeutic uses include helping to treat bad ulcers, tumors, ascites, enlargement of spleen, indigestion, inflammations, leprosy, anaemia, and biliousness. According to the Unani system of medicine, the plant is bitter, aphrodisiac, and helpful in the treatment of scabies, leucoderma, and syphilis. It is considered a promising blood purifier and useful in treating diarrhea and fevers.
Can you describe the plant?
It’s a perennial, creeping herb in the family Scrophulariaceae. It is native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
The leaves of this plant are succulent, oblong, and thick. The plant has small, white actinomorphic flowers with four to five petals. Its ability to grow in water makes it a popular aquarium plant. It’s a medicinal herb used in Ayurveda, where it is also known as Brahmi, after Brahmā, the Hindu God of creation.
How do I consume Bacopa extract?
Add 1/2 teaspoon of extract to 1/2 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil or ghee and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite nut butter. Mix thoroughly. Take 2 servings a day.
Does Bacopa have caffeine?
What phytochemicals does it include?
Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants. They generally help plants thrive or thwart competitors, predators, or pathogens.
Its alkaloids include brahmine, herpestine, and nicotine.
Its saponins include d-mannitol, hersaponin, acid A, monnierin, and monnierasides I–III.
Its triterpenoid saponins include saponins A, B and C, as well as pseudojujubogenin glycoside.
Its flavonoids include luteolin and apigenin, luteolin-7-glucoside, glucoronil-7-apigenin, and glucoronil-7-luteolin.
Its sterols include betulic acid, stigmasterol, stigmastanol, beta-sitosterol, cucurbitacins, and plantainoside B.
Its bacogenins include jujubogenin; bisdesmosides; bacopasaponins A, B, C, D, E, F, and G; pseudojujubogenin glycosides; and bacopasides I, II, IV, and V.