Bacopa to improve brain health and memory, research says

A study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, states that bacopa herb improves memory and health of the brain. The study suggests that bacopa herb can help enhance your cognitive abilities and protect your brain health as you get older.

It found that seniors, fed with 300 mg of bacopa daily, showed a better cognitive functioning than the other people of their age who were not receiving the supplement. In addition, bacopa caused significant improvements in both attention span and the ability of the individuals to process verbal information.

Bacopa monnieri is a nootropic herb that is being used as an Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Also known as brahmi or water hyssop, bacopa is a creeping perennial plant native to India, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and America. This herb has a well-known history as an effective memory aid and common brain health booster. Natural Health 365 reports that shamans in India used bacopa herb to memorize texts that were more than 900 pages long.

More recently, peer-reviewed studies have confirmed the amazing abilities of bacopa herb in enhancing memory and concentration. Moreover, it presents the beneficial effects on information recall, retention of knowledge and visual processing speed. Studies have also linked it to improve emotional well-being, providing relief for depression and anxiety. Bacopa herb also presents a promising treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Studies, conducted in U.S. and Australia, have found that a three-week supplementation of bacopa extract helped the participants of the study to process information more quickly and retain it for longer.

A 1996 study, presented at the International Brain Research Conference, states that bacopa could cut the time required for learning a new task in half. In addition, a rigorous double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled experiment was conducted in 2001 out of Victoria, Australia. It demonstrated that subjects who took bacopa scored higher on cognitive processing tests. The study continued for 12 weeks.

Another study out of the University of Wollongong in Australia’s psychology department validated this fact. It showed that taking bacopa increases both memory and recall substantially.

A similar study was conducted in 2012 at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. The study says that participants consuming bacopa for around 12-weeks scored far better in mental processing tests than those who took the placebo.

Bacopa is a quite inexpensive and freely available herb at health food stores. Moreover, it can be purchased in the form of tablets or capsules. Some people can enjoy drinking it as a tea. 150 mg of bacopa is recommended three times a day. However, nothing less than 225 mg a day should be taken.

It is important to realize that bacopa doesn’t provide instant results. Thus, it is a false thought that taking bacopa up to three times in a day can help you as much to reap the benefits. It often takes up to three months for the desired effects of this amazing herb.

Apart from its ability to improve memory and brain health, bacopa herb presents various other advantages regarding health as well. It helps to treat conditions like,

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • A backache
  • Hoarseness
  • Joint pain (rheumatism)
  • Sexual problems
  • Fluid retention

Excessive use of the herb brings side effects as well. It may cause your heart rate to slow down, ulcers, GIT (gastrointestinal tract) blockage, urinary tract obstructions, and thyroid disorders. However, all of these side effects are on chance and occur if someone is excessively consuming the respective herb.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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