Bacopa is an Ayurvedic “adaptogen” herb that may enhance and accelerate learning and mental performance under stress.
Bacopa has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic health practices as a Brahmi herb to enhance cognitive function. Modern research backs traditional uses, suggesting Bacopa has many brain-boosting activities:
- Protects brain cells. Bacopa is an antioxidant that rejuvenates the activity of other potent brain enzyme antioxidants, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).1
- Fights brain plaque deposits. Early animal research seems to suggest it may help to fight the amyloid plaque deposits that are tied to Alzheimer’s.
- Anti-inflammatory. Bacopa exhibits soothing effects that appear to counter the inflammation that contributes to brain degeneration and cognitive decline.
- Anti-cholinesterase. It neutralizes the enzyme that attacks and degrades acetylcholine, an important brain chemical for memory and mental performance.
- Brain circulation booster. Researchers have suggested that Bacopa’s cerebral circulation benefits may partly account for its nootropic effects.