Bacopa Monnieri is one of the three main natural ingredients in Thrive, our nootropic supplement for working memory, mental speed, and attention. It’s a powerful herb that dates back thousands of years to combat stress and increase memory recollection, sharpen focus, and inspire creativity.
What is Bacopa?
Bacopa is a perennial plant that has been found to safely and naturally improve memory, enhances cognition, and much more. Also called Brahmi, it’s been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, inflammation, and even leprosy.
The herb dates back to the 6th century A.D., where it was described in texts as a plant taken to sharpen the mind and weaken mental impairments. It was allegedly used by ancient scholars to help memorise long texts, scriptures, and sacred hymns.
Bacopa grows in wet, damp marshlands across temperate climates such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, and even the southern United States.
It is an adaptogen, as it helps the body overcome stress and adapt to anxious experiences.
What can it help with?
The benefits of Bacopa are numerous, and many studies have found that it does stimulate cognitive function.
Research conducted in 2011 shows that Bacopa significantly improved learning and memory retention. The same study also found that Bacopa decreased dopamine levels and increased serotonin production, which improved moods alongside of cognitive function.
Similarly, a 12-week double-blind trial conducted in Australia declared that Bacopa can “improve higher order cognitive processes that are critically dependent on the input of information from our environment such as learning and memory.”
It can also be used to potentially treat brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. While no human studies have been performed, animal research indicates that Bacopa can protect the brain from many common symptoms that affect those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's, such as anxiety, memory loss, mood, and more.
Why do we use it?
We use Bacopa Monnieri in Neurogenika because we can see the results. Every Neurogenika formula is proven to work in repeated, high-quality clinical trials.
Five separate clinical studies have established Bacopa’s significant impact on working memory, consolidation of new information, and mental speed. Studies employed a range of methodologies to assess participants’ ability to accurately acquire, retain and rapidly recall new information.
Bacopa is a workhorse: the long list of benefits and the proven track-record that goes back centuries speaks for themselves. It’s a non-addictive, safe, completely natural way to boost your brain and increase brain health.
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