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Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa monnieri, more commonly referred to simply as bacopa, is a herb considered traditional medicine for its life enhancement and now, more recently for its cognitive enhancement. Found almost exclusively in nootropic themed products as well as nootropic matrices in pre-workouts or weight loss aids, bacopa is one of the most effective nootropics available on the market today.

What it does

Bacopa monnieri is an effective memory enhancer showing extremely positive results in verbal learning and memory acquisition[1]. It is also a good way to improve attention while reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression[2], reduce the rate of forgetfulness[3], and help speed up the learning process[4].

How it works

Bacopa monnieri is primarily standardized to two main active components, bacoside A and bacoside B. These compounds are theorized to help increase memory via the tryptophan hydroxylase enzyme which in turn enhances the use of the serotonin transporter. There has also been evidence which shows dendritic intersections for neurons to increase with the use of this herb, allowing for the brain to communicate with itself more efficiently.

Dosing

Traditional dosing using standardized extracts is 300mg/day, while when using leaf or powdered leaf dosing should be increased to 750-1,500mg. Since bacopa monnieri is fat soluble, always take this ingredient with a meal to maximize absorption and benefits.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20590480
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18611150
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12093601
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11498727