Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Bacopa monnieri, also called brahmi, water hyssop, thyme-leaved gratiola, and herb of grace, is a staple plant in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It grows in wet, tropical environments, and its ability to thrive underwater makes it popular for aquarium use.
Bacopa monnieri has been used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for centuries for a variety of purposes, including improving memory, reducing anxiety, and treating epilepsy. In fact, research shows that it may boost brain function and alleviate anxiety and stress, among other benefits.
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-
Balances neurotransmitters level: Bacosides, the dynamic elements of Brahmi improves efficient transmission of signals along nerve fibers by modulating the release of neurotransmitter like serotonin, dopamine and GABA which in turn, fortifies memory, learning and balances emotion.
Antioxidant and neuroprotective: Brahmi is rich in antioxidant compounds that terminate the attack of free radicals and thus reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders.
Increases Cerebral Blood Flow: Bacopa increases blood flow to the brain. That transports oxygen, nutrients, hormones, neurotransmitters and glucose essential for healthy neurons.
Increases Brain Plasticity: Bacopa enhances brain plasticity by increasing the formation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that encourages the formation of new brain cells.
Increases Resilience to Stress: Bacopa is an adaptogenic herb. It increase resilience to stress and promote overall health by stimulating mood influencing neurotransmitter like serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline bringing the body into a state of balance.