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Bacopa Monnieri is a nootropic herb with a history of medicinal use in India (Ayurvedic medicine) with strong adaptogenic and nootropic properties.
Bacopa has demonstrated immense potential for cognitive enhancement in both healthy people1www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746283/ and the elderly7www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18611150. In terms of specifics cognitive enhancements, it appears to most strongly enhance memory above all else.2www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/205904803www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/120936014www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/186838525www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/207033436www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/114987277www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18611150
Bacopa is often used to improve mood as well, and as such it is a fairly well-rounded supplement that can be used for a variety of benefits7www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/186111508www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/114987279www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2104698610www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1734340811www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12046860, including promoting feelings of calmness and clarity of mind16www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1295722417www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12410544.
Bacopa has also been shown to provide neuroprotection16www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1295722418www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1760437319www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2136695720www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2236689521www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/879264022www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/879264023www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17189676, and prevent neuroinflammation18 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1760437324 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198697.
Bacopa increases levels of serotonin in the hippocampus, and prevents depletion of dopamine and serotonin from certain environment and genetic stressors, which helps demonstrates its efficacy as adaptogen.13www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1732108914www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2216086315www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19744517
Bacopa is a bit of an underdog in the natural nootropics market, but it shows a lot of promise. More high quality research will be needed to determine it’s full potential.
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Bacopa Dosage Information
The standard dose for bacopa monnieri is 300mg with a 50% of the extract12 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153866/ . In powder form, taking 750-1500mg of the leaf or powder would yield similar results. Bacopa monnieri is fat soluble and should be taken with meals. When taken on an empty stomach it may cause GI problems and not be absorbed properly.
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