Also known as Brahmi, there are many benefits of Bacopa Monnieri (“Bacopa”), it is no wonder that Bacopa is contained in many popular nootropic stacks. Bacopa was studied and shown to improve memory in older adults (ref). In addition to improving memory, Bacopa was studied and has been noted to reduce anxiety and depression and increased overall cognitive performance. In randomized, placebo controlled, crossover human trial, administration of a proprietary extract of Bacopa monnieri (Bacognize, 300mg/day) to medical students significantly improved (p<0.05) several parameters of cognitive function, including memory, focus and attention (see fig.1). Kumar et al. Effects of Bacopa monnieri (Bacognize) on memory in medical students.
In another randomized, placebo controlled trial in older adults, positive trends in working memory, attention and focus were seen in the Bacognize® group (300mg/day) compared to placebo. Headapohl et al. Effects of Bacopa monnieri (Bacognize) on memory and cognitive function in healthy older adults: A double-blind placebo-controlled study.
Pharmacology research on Bacognize® and its isolated constituents showed strong regulation at serotonin receptors that are key for higher cognitive functions such as memory, mood and focus. Pharmacology of Bacopa monnieri (Bacognize) at 5HT1a and 5HT2a receptors. Presented at 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Corvallis, Oregon
The dosage is dependent upon the individual, but most individuals should take the dose recommended on the bottle; this product contains 300mg of BaCognize® Bacopa Monnieri per capsule.
Note that we only carry the branded extract of Bacopa Monnieri known as BaCognize®; this is done because the company that produces BaCognize®, Verdure Sciences Inc., has high quality control standards and regularly produces a bacopa product which we feel is better than other vendors’ bacopa extract with less heavy metals. Bacognize® is manufactured in Verdure Sciences’ hands-free, botanicals-only, ISO-certified, NSF GMP-registered facility. There are not any studies which directly relate to the toxicity of Bacopa Monnieri generally. One study in older adults using a dose of 300mg/day notes increased gastrointestinal issues when compared to placebo. Interestingly, some studies of Bacopa noted a repair in stomach lining and protection from ulcers caused by drugs like aspirin (ref). If you experience adverse effects from taking this product, discontinue use immediately and contact your health care provider.
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Bacopa Monnieri is one of the most well-respected and tested nootropic herbs, which has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
- Bacopa monnieri produces improved memory retention and learning ability (ref) (ref)
- Powerful anti-oxidant that improves general health and reduces stress and anxiety (ref)
- Increases brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin to feel happier and perform better (ref)
- Considered “…one of the safest and most effective memory enhancers…” by Reddit community (ref)
Bacopa Monnieri Studies and Benefits
Bacopa monnieri has been used in traditional Ayurvedic societies for thousands of years. In fact, it is one of the oldest nootropic compounds known to man, which is often used by children, adults, and the elderly alike. The popularity of this drug in the ancient world has obviously translated into an interest in the effects for us today. Our modern scientific knowledge and tools have allowed us to more readily analyze bacopa monnieri benefits and see whether they are true or not.
Most of the studies (of which there are hundreds) are quite positive with regard to bacopa monnieri. Many of them show bacopa improves mental performance primarily through anti-anxiety. This reduction in the level of anxiety helps to shut down certain parts of the brain, which acts to improve mental performance and cognition.
Of course, this same effect is useful for people who are stressed and need some kind of anti-anxiety supplement. The anti-anxiety effects of bacopa monnieri are useful for social situations as well as generalized problems with the condition.
Bacopa Monnieri Side Effects
Bacopa side effects are rare and usually revolve around discomfort more than any kind of negative consequences for your brain or body. The bacopa monnieri side effects include gastrointestinal distress, which is often a result of taking too much of this supplement. Some other side effects include nausea, drowsiness, or cramps.
Most people do not have to deal with the side effects of bacopa. If you are taking a high dosage or your dose of bacopa is not standardized to a particular extract of bacosides A and B, then you might find gastrointestinal distress more common. If you can get the recommended dosage, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Buy Bacopa Monnieri
Even though it is an herb that has been used for thousands of years does not mean you can buy bacopa from anywhere. Many of the manufacturers that create the bacopa monnieri extract do so with poor methods that leave heavy metals. In fact, in some studies 40 – 60% of the Indian produced products have heavy metals that are in unsafe quantities.
To avoid this, you must find not only a reputable vendor, such as Pure Nootropics, but also a reputable extract that is patented. The BaCognize brand is a standardized extract that makes sure you are getting exactly what you order.