Bacopa Monnieri is a natural Nootropic supplement with key benefits that promote to reduce anxiety, improve sleeping patterns, improve memory formation and may improve symptoms of ADHD.
What Is Bacopa Monnieri?
Bacopa Monnieri is one of the best natural Nootropics thought to reduce anxiety, improve memory and reduce symptoms of stress in both the young and the elderly.
It is also called Brahmi and is extracted from the leaves of a plant that are found in India. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
In history, it was used to improve clarity and boost brain function. It was also used for inflammation, asthma, indigestion and ulcers.
Today, it is not only used for it’s potential effects on anxiety but also as an antioxidant and as an anti-aging brain supplement known to protect against damage to the neurons that occur over time.
Benefits of Bacopa Monnieri For Anxiety
Bacopa Monnieri is a natural Nootropic that is used to combat anxiety, stress and reduce racing thoughts. It is associated with anxiolytic properties. These are medicines or supplements that help reduce anxiety and promote REM sleep.
It is believed to provide a feeling of calmness and is considered to have a sedative effect. This naturally puts you in a better mood. It also may be very beneficial for people suffering from social anxiety.
The herb itself contains hersaponins or what are called glycosides. This is a compound formed from simple sugars which are believed to promote relaxation.
This is not only potentially very beneficial for people who suffer from panic attacks or anxiety disorders but may also be promising for ADHD.
It is thought to promote a restful REM sleep. Therefore, some users like to take it only at night rather than during the day. If taken in small doses, there should not be a problem with taking it during the day and reaping its benefits.
Benefits of Bacopa Monnieri on Memory
A compound called Bacosides is the main ingredient in Bacopa Monnieri extract. This is thought to positively influence brain cells by triggering rejuvenation of brain tissue. As we age, brain decline is common.
Bacoside-A increases activity in the synapses which induces stimulation in the nerve cells. This is thought to be especially active in the hippocampus of the brain.
This is the part of the brain that plays a major role in memory functions. As we age, neurons tend to be less responsive and the activity in the hippocampus of the brain slows down.
Using Bacopa Monnieri is believed to enhance both your long-term and short-term memory by increasing the activity in the hippocampus and neurons, making them more responsive. When transmission of these cells increase speed, memory formation, memory recall and long-term memory are improved.
It is also thought to be an anti-aging supplement, protecting and preventing neuron damage. It acts as an antioxidant to slow down the process of cognitive decline that affects the memory and learning capabilities.
Bacopa Monnieri Promotes;
- Improved short and long term memory
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Mental clarity
- A better mood
- Improved sleeping patterns
- An increase in attention span
How does Bacopa Monnieri Work?
Bacopa Monnieri has a component called bacosides, this directly affects dopamine and serotonin levels. These chemicals affect our mood, motivation, sense of peace and mental energy. This is also thought to increase communication between signals and neurons.
Bacopa Monnieri also increases a chemical called GABA (GABA receptors). GABA is thought to be responsible for controlling the fear of anxiety attacks and reducing anxiety in general.
GABA reduces over activity in the neurons that it binds to. Bacopa Monnieri is also considered an adaptogen, blocking signals that induce stress.
It also promotes the increase of kinase, allowing nerve cells to be more stimulated and increasing the rate of memory recall.
Bacopa Monnieri Stacking Options
Stacking Nootropics means taking supplements together to either enhance or supplement the effect. This is because each Nootropic has it’s own unique effect and can’t provide all cognitive benefits in one supplement.
Bacopa Monnieri is commonly used together with all other strong Nootropics including Oxiracetam, Aniracetam or Noopept to potentially enhance memory function, reduce fatigue and to provide the additional effects and benefits that these other Nootropics may offer.
Bacopa Monnieri Side Effects
This supplement is likely safe to use when taken within the recommended dosages. Some possible side effects reported have been;
- Increased urination
- liver toxicity
- increase in heart rate
Bacopa Monnieri is not recommended if you are taking thyroid drugs, anti depressants, calcium blockers or have a serious heart condition. Please consult your doctor first.
Bacopa Monnieri Dosage
It is recommended to always stay within the lowest dose available when starting on any new Nootropic supplement. This helps you gauge your body’s effect and find what works best for you.
The most common dosage is 500mg-1000mg per day.
This Nootropic can take up to two hours to be fully effective. Do not raise the dose.
These are just guidelines, please consult your doctor first if you have any concerns.