Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri is an herbal supplement that primarily aids in improving memory and helping the brain adapt to stress.

First used in ancient India as a medicinal tonic, it is swiftly becoming regarded by modern medicine as a potent nootropic treatment of memory and stress-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and anxiety.

What is Bacopa Monnieri?

Bacopa Monnieri is a perennial plant found in humid wetlands across the globe, particularly in the middle east.

Known as “Brahmi” in India and other eastern cultures, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a treatment for all sorts of ailments, from ulcers and leprosy to infertility.

Modern studies of how Bacopa Monnieri extracts interact with the brain suggest that it can improve memory, particularly acquisition and retention.

Some believe that certain compounds in the plant protect against brain cell degradation and promote healing of brain tissue.

While the FDA still lists Bacopa Monnieri as a poisonous plant in their database, it has granted access to Bacopa Monnieri as a dietary supplement since the passing of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

You can find it online or in local vitamin and supplement stores all over the United States as a capsule, powder, or tincture. The plant itself is also available for sale online and from specialty garden stores.

Bacopa Monnieri works similarly to the synthetic nootropic Piracetam. Studies have focused on using it as a natural treatment for age-related memory disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, for stress-related anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Alternative Names for Bacopa Monnieri

Andri, Bacopa, Bacopa Monniera, Bacopa Monnieri, Herb of Grace, Herpestis Herb, Herpestis Monniera, Hysope d’Eau, Indian Pennywort, Jalanimba, Jal-Brahmi, Jalnaveri, Nira-Brahmi, Moniera Cuneifolia, Sambrani Chettu, Thyme-Leave Gratiola, and Water Hyssop.

Editor’s Note

I appreciate that Bacopa Monnieri is a natural supplement derived from a plant, rather than synthesized.

I find the fact that it has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries comforting. I’m not so fond of the extraordinarily bitter taste, however, and much prefer to take the capsule.

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