Small forgetfulness, mood disorders, intellectual fatigue… these inconveniences are frequent and are the signs of a saturated brain.
However, this is not an inevitable situation and Bacopa can be a great help. Discover this precious adaptogen plant…
What is Bacopa?
Bacopa or Bacopa monnieri is a plant native to Southeast Asia and particularly India used for several thousand years for its many benefits.
Belonging to the Scrophulariaceae family, this plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for nervous disorders. The Indians also call this plant “brahmi” in reference to Brahma, the founding god in the Hindu religion.
Today it is essentially the dry extract of bacopa which is used in particular for its very interesting active principles.
Bacopa contains flavonoids, plant pigments with antioxidant properties, as well as alkaloids, organic substances of plant origin.
It also contains sterols (a family that includes cholesterol and phytosterols) and potassium.
One of the essential elements for its benefits are bacosides, notably bacosides A and B, two active molecules that have been studied for their effect on the nervous system.
What are the roles of Bacopa?
Bacopa is a powerful antioxidant. It prevents oxidative stress, stimulates anti-oxidant enzymes, and slows down cellular aging.
This plant is a real ally for your brain. Indeed, it acts on the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in memorization as well as on the prefrontal cortex and the striatum, one is an area involved in emotions and the other in decision making.
Thus studies have shown that taking bacopa would increase cognitive performance.
Bacopa’s major role on the reduction of stress and anxiety allows in particular to improve the quality of sleep and attenuates the physical and mental tiredness.
Bacopa and memory
Ayurvedic medicine has made no mistake, Bacopa is a valuable plant for those who want to stimulate their cognitive functions in the broadest sense.
Scientific research has shown that Bacopa has a beneficial effect on concentration, reasoning, learning, and decision making. In short, the functions of thinking and judgment.
The flavonoids, alkaloids, vitamin C, triterpenoid saponins, and Bacosides contained in its leaves are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help fight oxidative stress and prolong the life of neurons in the hippocampus, the area of the brain associated with long-term memory.
Bacopa is of particular interest in the treatment of certain age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. An American study has shown that in elderly people, taking Bacopa improves discernment and decision making in the long term.
Bacopa and stress
More recent research also highlights the properties of this plant as a neuroprotector and its benefits against mood disorders, anxiety, depressive states, and mental fatigue.
Its action on concentration and memory, coupled with its benefits for the mood, make it a real ally for active people on the verge of overwork.
What to allow you to approach this re-entry with serenity and to better apprehend the small annoyances of the daily newspaper.
If you’re considering ways to try and reduce stress and anxiety, and also help with your sleep, then Bacopa is a great plant to consider. As always, consult your doctor if you are unsure.