Health Benefits of Bacopa Powder
Organic bacopa powder comes from the bacopa plant, also referred to as water hyssop and brahmi, and is native to southern and eastern India. It has long been used as an herbal remedy in the practice of Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, as well as ancient Chinese medicine. While this plant has a variety of health benefits, it is best known for its positive cognitive effects.
The active compounds found in bacopa are known as bacosides, which are being studied for their potential protective effects against neurodegeneration.
Human studies have shown evidence that bacopa may help improve both long term and short term memory as well as the ability to process information.
Adaptogens are herbs or roots which help the body resist stressors and restore normal function. Bacopa is considered an adaptogen which can help reduce anxiety and enhance one's mental performance.
Bacopa is known to have antioxidant and cell-protective properties. Antioxidants work to reduce cell damage caused by "free-radicals." Free radicals react with and damage healthy cells in the body which can eventually caused impairment, inflammation, and disease.
Common Use & Dosage
A common way to take powdered bacopa is mixing with hot water to make a tea, or it can be mixed with drinks and smoothies. A typical dose is about 1/2 teaspoon. There are no known side effects of bacopa, although it is not recommended to take bacopa on an empty stomach as this may cause nausea or gastrointestinal discomfort in some individuals.
When taken daily, most users begin to notice positive effects within 3-12 weeks. Unlike some supplements to which the body builds a tolerance for over time, bacopa's positive effects increase with continued use.
Consult with a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medications.