Bacopa Monnieri is among the most well-renowned natural herbal Nootropics, having been used by many seeking an increase in mental clarity for centuries. Bacopa has been used by Indians as a means of increasing focus, as well as having been administered for the treatment of asthma, epilepsy, tumors, ulcers, and general inflammation over the years.
While many of these treatments have been done to extensive scientific research, used mainly in the fields of Ayurvedic medicine, there is a large body of modern research to back up many of the long-held claims of Bacopa’s ability to provide cognitive enhancement. Bacopa has been shown to reduce anxiety, increase memory retention, increase overall mental focus, as well as lowering feelings of depression and forgetfulness.
Bacopa acts on dopamine and serotonin pathways in the brain, but has been shown to aid in memory performance by actually increasing the length of neural nerves (dendrites) within the brain. This allows more robust neural networks to form, as well as decreasing the overall time it takes for neural nerves to communicate with one another. Bacopa is a very safe natural Nootropic, and has only had mild side effects reported such as nausea, cramping, or bloating when taken on an empty stomach. Many people take Bacopa as an effective means to increase conversational attention, as a study aid (over long periods of time), as an overall promoter of well-being, and also as a powerful anti-oxidant.