Bacopa monnieri is an herb but it’s also a recognized nootropic. It has a centuries-long traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine (common name: Brahmi) where it’s used as a learning enhancement, sedative and anti-epileptic treatment.
I note there are a great many real research studies on this organic compound and the results are similar.
These are clustered around 150 mg per dose, taken times two times a day of a standardized extract. Or 300 mg/day.
Note: there are reports of stomach problems with this herb so taking it with food is recommended. I note this side effect isn’t mentioned consistently in the research. But in practice, this is the recommendation. Sounds to me that it’s an individual thing and if you get stomach problems, adding it at meals is the solution.
Common side effects include
- increased bowel movements,
- stomach cramps,
- dry mouth, and
Does It Work On Younger People?
In a study using 60 university students, researchers summed up the data, ” Statistically significant improvement was seen in the tests relating to the cognitive functions with use of Bacopa monnieri. Blood biochemistry also showed a significant increase in serum calcium levels (still within normal range).”
My research suggest that Bacopa monnieri is a potential cognitive enhancer and neuroprotectant against Alzheimer’s disease.
This herbal nootropic also appears to work for a wide variety of brain related improvements.
It’s also been shown to have an anti-Parkinson effect.
And yes, after researching Bacopa, I take it myself.
The research on this herb is extensive and as conclusive as anything I’ve seen online. I haven’t listed any of these here but have included them in the main text of my book.
I’ve also found that local health food stores don’t carry Bacopa so I get it from Amazon.