Brahmi: The Brain Herb Gaining Attention

ABSTRACT: Bacopa or brahmi has been used for thousands of years in Indian “Ayurvedic” medicine as a brain tonic to improve brain activity. In an increasingly competitive world, brahmi has rapidly become popular.

Stress and anxiety affects learning and memory. Bacopa reduces these negative effects while providing benefits in learning and memory. Brahmi enhances nerve impulse activity and neurotransmission within the brain. It also aids neuron repair, supports new neuron growth and regulates memory processes. In addition to these qualities, bacopa is neuroprotective, and reduces oxidative stress through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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In a rapidly developing society, the search for an edge over others around you can be important. Whether you are a student, professional or elderly citizen, Brahmi boasts a variety of brain enhancing effects for increased performance.

Bacopa monnieri, known as Brahmi, is a herb which has traditionally been used in Indian “Ayurvedic” medicine for more than 3,000 years. Ayurvedic medicine describes Brahmi as a brain tonic that boost one’s ability to think and reason. Originally given to infants in order to “open the gateway to intelligence”, Brahmi has gained more recent scientific support for its beneficial effects on the brain and learning. Brahmi has rapidly become popular and in demand around the world for these reasons. So how does it work and what are the benefits of taking Brahmi?

The main pharmacologically active ingredients of Brahmi are saponins, called bacosides. It is these substances within Brahmi that promotes brain health and function. Brahmi’s bacosides enhance nerve impulse activity and transmission within the brain, aid neuron repair, and support new neuron

growth.[1] Brahmi has also been shown to have antioxidant effects in specific areas of the brain, including the hippocampus which regulates memory function.[2] Another beneficial effect of Brahmi is its potent anti-inflammatory properties.[3] All of these qualities of Brahmi provide for the basis behind the positive results seen in clinical trials. A recent animal study has shown the beneficial effects of Brahmi on reducing the harmful substances within the brain that causes plaques in Alzheimer’s disease,[4] and another animal study showing the positive effects of Brahmi on depression.[5] It has long been thought that Brahmi is helpful in people with anxiety, and can improve memory and learning, now supported by evidence from recent clinical trials.[6] Brahmi may also provide relief from stress.[7] It seems that the use of Brahmi in Ayuvedic medicine as a brain tonic was justified, and additional benefits of Brahmi on brain and mental health are likely to be uncovered.

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  1. Singh, HK, Dhawan, BN (1997). Neuropsychopharmacological effects of the Ayurvedic nootropic Bacopa monniera Linn. (Brahmi). Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Volume 29, pp359-365.
  2. Bhattacharya, SK, Bhattacharya, A, Kumar, A, Ghosal, S, (2000). Antioxidant activity of Bacopa monniera in rat frontal cortex, striatum and hippocampus. Phytotherapy Research, Volume14(3), pp174-9.
  3. Channa, S, Dar, A, Anjum, S, Yaqoob, M, Atta-Ur-Rahman, (2006). Anti-inflammatory activity of Bacopa monniera in rodents. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 104(1-2), pp286-9
  4. Holcomb, LA, Dhanasekaran, M, Hitt, AR, Young, KA, Riggs, M, Manyam, BV, (2006). Bacopa monniera extract reduces amyloid levels in PSAPP mice. Journal of Alzheimers Disease, Volume 9(3), pp243-251.
  5. Sairam, K, Dorababu, M, Goel, RK, Bhattacharya, SK (2002). Antidepressant activity of standardized extract of Bacopa monniera in experimental models of depression in rats. Phytomedicine, Volume 9(3), pp207-211.
  6. Stough, C, Lloyd, J, Clarke, J, Downey, LA, Hutchison, CW, Rodgers, T, Nathan, PJ, (2001). The chronic effects of an extract of Bacopa monniera (Brahmi) on cognitive function in healthy human subjects. Psychopharmacology, Volume 156, pp481-484.
  7. Sheikh, N., Ahmad, A, Siripurapu, KB, Kuchibhotla, VK, Singh, S, Palit, G, (2007). Effect of Bacopa monniera on stress induced changes in plasma corticosterone and brain monoamines in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 111(3), pp671-6.

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