Bacopa (bacopa monnieri, brahmi) is a plant that has been used for centuries in traditional ayurvedic medicine. It increases certain brain chemicals involved in thinking, learning and memory. It might also protect the Brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
Brahmi is a powerful herb great for liver health, which is the main organ responsible for detoxification in the body.
The herb is also rich in antioxidants and helps the body stay focused, owing to it’s nootropic properties.
Bacopa is also considered to be a very powerful cardiotonic, nervine and diuretic.
1. May help lower blood pressure levels
High blood pressure is a serious health concern, as it places strain on your heart and blood vessels.
2. Contains powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that help protect against cell damage caused by potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. Bacopa monnieri contains powerful compounds that may have antioxidant effects.
3. May have anticancer properties
Bacopa monnieri has been shown to block the growth and spread of cancer cells in test-tube and animal studies, but human research is needed to confirm these effects.
4. May boost brain function
Research suggests that Bacopa monnieri may help enhance brain function.
5. May reduce inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to help heal and fight disease.
However, chronic, low-level inflammation has been linked to many chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and heart and kidney disease
Bacopa extract is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken by mouth appropriately and short-term, up to 12 weeks.
Common side effects include increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue.
Other rare side effects include;
-Gastrointestinal tract blockage
-Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
Bacopa is available in powder, capsule and tincture form. The typical dosage ranges from 1tbsp per day in powdered form.
Written by: Oreoluwa Hassan