Bacopa monnieri is among the best nootropic, neuroprotective herbs available to help improve neuroinflammation, memory, and learning.
Bacopa monnieri is a nootropic, an antioxidant, and an adaptogen. Saponin substances found in the plant, including bacosides, may enhance collaboration between brain chemicals engaged in cognition, reading, improving memory, and reducing inflammation in the brain.
Neuroprotective Herbs: Try Bacopa monnieri
Bacopa monnieri is an herb used in the Ayurvedic medicine tradition for its anti-inflammatory activity. A 2022 study published in CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets evaluated the anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties of the Bacopa monnieri extract. The results showed that Bacopa monnieri extract may protect against acid-induced cytotoxicity, mitigate the mechanical trauma of injury-induced damage, and accelerate the healing of wounds. The results indicate that Bacopa monnieri extract might become a promising candidate for the treatment of neuroinflammation.
Bacopa Neuroprotective Properties
A 2017 study published in Annals of Neurosciences reviewed Bacopa monnieri extract (Brahmi), noting that it “promotes free radical scavenger mechanisms and protects cells in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum against cytotoxicity and DNA damage implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.”
In the study, neuroprotective herbs were analyzed alongside cognition-enhancing medications often used to help treat Alzheimer’s disease. Bacopa monnieri extract was shown to protect the cholinergic neurons and reduce anti-cholinesterase activity similar to donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine.
The study’s subjects were tested on general information, orientation, mental control, logical memory, digit forward, digit backward, visual reproduction, and paired associated learning. Bacopa extract improved the total memory score. Maximum improvement was seen in logical memory and paired associate learning in humans and reversed phenytoin-induced memory impairment in an experimental model.
Alzheimer’s disease is an age-associated, irreversible, progressive neurodegenerative disease, characterized by severe memory loss, behavioral changes, and a decline in cognitive function. This chronic and incurable condition mostly affects aging populations, causing progressive deterioration of neurons, sensory information transmission disruption, and movement control.
Neuroprotective herbs like Bacopa monnieri are increasingly being studied due to the biosafety profile of many all-natural herbs and their potential usefulness in addressing cognitive impairment.
Learn More About Bacopa monnieri
Bacopa monnieri is one of the small number of healthy herbal teas and extracts we sell. We sell Bacopa monnieri in sizes of 200 grams and up and as one of our smaller size Health Made Simple products, AHA! Memory Support. To learn more about Bacopa monnieri, a good place to start is with our Bacopa FAQ.