Bacopa monnieri, also known as brahmi, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for the brain to enhance cognition, memory and learning. Bacopa is an amazing herb and one we use often to give our minds an extra boost.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest systems of healing. Similar to botanical medicine, Ayurveda focuses on prevention and maintaining balance in mind, body, lifestyle, diet, etc.
Bacopa is both a nootropic herb and a nervine. Nootropics are a category of herbs and supplements that work on the mind and enhance brain function. Nootropics have been getting a lot of attention recently. Researchers are interested in nootropics’ potential to help with cognitive decline as we age. Nootropics are complementary to adaptogens in enhancing emotional and mental well-being.
As a nervine, bacopa helps to support the nervous system and relieve anxiety and stress. Bacopa has been shown to give you a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.
Alone, bacopa has consistent and notable results on memory. As with adaptogens, you do want to take bacopa consistently for several weeks (4-6 has been suggested in some studies) to experience more notable results. Bacopa promotes cognitive function, learning and concentration.
We use bacopa in Brainiac Chai, our coconut milk think drink. Brainiac Chai helps you get focused and energized without caffeine, while supporting memory and reducing the effects of stress and negative emotions.
You can now also get bacopa a single herb in the Plantry! The Plantry, is our plant pantry - a place where you can stock your kitchen with adaptogenic staples. Our bacopa is organic, with no fillers or sweeteners. It is a 10:1 extract standardized to greater than 50% bacopasides, which is the active compound. You always want to have bacopa that has this level of standardization for optimal effects.
Not sure how to incorporate bacopa extract powder into your day-to-day? Our favourite way is to add it to your morning latte, coffee or elixir.
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