Bacopa Monniera Benefits
as a Memory Enhancer
research has confirmed what practitioners of Ayurveda have known for
over a thousand years – that Bacopa Monniera significantly enhances
memory. This is especially true in children.
on Central Nervous SystemResearchers
believe that bacopa has the ability to stimulate
acid (GABA), an amino acid that occurs in the central nervous system
and that is associated with transmission of inhibitory nerve
. This enhanced ability to synthesize GABA leads to improved
acquisition, memory and adaptation to new conditions.
on Epilepsy and Anxiety
has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for
epilepsy. Western studies have shown that it does, indeed, have an
anticonvulsant effect when administered at high doses. The
supplementation with bacopa extract has also led to significant
decreases in anxiety symptoms, levels of anxiety, levels of
disability and mental fatigue. Significantly, these benefits occurred
in the absence of the amnesiac side effects associated with many
popular anxiety related drugs ( i.e Lorazepam). On the contrary,
memory enhancement was achieved.
inhibiting the breakdown of the enzyme cholinesterase, a key
nuerotransmitter which fails in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia,
Bacopa has the potential to positively affect sufferers of these
on Bronchitis and Asthma
has been shown to have a relaxant effect on chemically induced
bronchoconstriction. Animal studies have also demonstrated that
Bacopa has potent mast cell stabilizing ability with a resultant
potential to control asthma and allergies. Human trials are needed to
confirm these potential benefits.
vitro research points to some exciting benefits for cancer patients.
It has been demonstrated that Bacopa saponin
fractions have cytotoxic activity for sarcoma-180 cells. Reseacrhers
belive this is due to bacopa’s ability to inhibit DNA replication
in the cancerous cell line.
extracts have shown potential to inhibit calcium flux across cell
membrane channels. This suggests that Bacopa can provide relief for
those who suffer from conditions resulting from intestinal spasm,
such as irritable bowel syndrome. Bacopa may have a curative effect
upon gastric ulcers. Taken in high doses Bacopa has a stimulatory
effect upon thyroid function, thus benefiting suffers of
hypothyroidism. Bacopa extracts also have potential to diminish the
side effects of certain drugs, including morphine and phenytoin.
in India the leaves of the Bacopa Monniera plant were used to treat
skin conditions, anemia, sprains, fractures, diabetes, hemorrhoids,
and asthma as well as cough and rheumatism. The plant was also used
to increase fertility and prevent miscarriage (No author listed). The
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