Bacopa monniera is an herb that has long been used in traditional Eastern medicine.
It reduces inflammation, reduce pain and is claimed to improve memory.
Some recent studies support the use of Bacopa monniera to improve brain function.
These studies reported improvements in brain function of animals, children and patients with anxiety after taking the herb. However, evidence for this effect in healthy adult humans was lacking.
The researchers recruited 46 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 60 years.
The subjects underwent a series of tests that measured various brain functions, such as learning rate and memory speed.
After the test, the subjects were randomly divided into two groups:
- One group received capsules containing 150 mg Bacopa Monniera extract
- The other group recieved capsules without active ingredients
The subjects were instructed to take two capsules a day. After five weeks and twelve weeks, the tests were repeated.
The outcomes of several measurements are shown below.
The results indicate that Bacopa Monniera extract taken chronically improves various measurements of brain function.
The researchers found improvements in speed of early information processing, verbal learning rate, memory consolidation and a decrease in anxiety state.
The effects of Bacopa Monierra only were significant after twelve weeks of use.
However, other studies have shown effects in as soon as four weeks. The researchers suggest that this may be related to the higher dose used is those studies.
The researchers are not sure by which mechanism Bacopa Monierra works.
Earlier research has show that the herb influences acetylcholine levels in the brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter involved in brain function.
An alternative explanation is the potent antioxidant effects that Bacopa nibbuera has shown in the brain.
Thus, long term supplementation of Bacopa Monniera seems promising to improve brain functioning.
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