What is Bacopa ?
This article about an herb called Bacopa monnieri which is an excellent option for memory support in all humans. It is also known as Brahmi and is a native of India and grows mostly in wet, damp and marshy places.
Bacopa useful parts and the chemical constituents-
The entire plant has useful parts. The chemical Constituents include Bacosides A and B (Saponin– mixture), Becogenin A1 and A2 , Bacopasaponine D, Pseudojujubogenin, Hersaponin, Monnierin, Brahmine. Hersaponin possesses Cardiotonic, Sedative and Spasmodic properties.
More recent studies have also shown the effect of Bacopa monnieri on learning ability in rats. In animal studies, researchers stated that rats that were given Bacopa, learned quicker and were fully adapted after 20 days, whereas controls had not adapted to situations. The alcoholic extract of Bacopa increases the learning performance of rats and this activity is due to the saponin mixture consisting of Bacoside A,B and other saponins. The dried extract (hydro -alcoholic) has shown to induce sedative effect in frogs and dogs in the dose of 10- 20 mg/100g of body weight. The extract in a dose of 25mg/ lb, when given exhibited tranquillizing effect in albino rats.
Bacopa acts as a brain tonic, improves concentration, memory and learning ability. It is also useful to help with nervous exhaustion.
Bacopa monnieri decreases fluctuation of attention and distraction. It helps to improve intellectual performance in stressful working atmosphere. Bacoside B is known to nourish brain cells. Bacosides A and B possess hemolytic activity. In studies Bacosides A and B significantly improved acquistition, consolidation and retention in learning schedules, in shock- motivated brightness discrimination response, active conditioned- avoidance response, etc.
Even though a lot of information provided above was technical, I hope the article explains to all Bacopa’s uses. This is an herb that should be on one’s radar for memory support and more.
Dr. Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
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