WHAT IS BACOPA?
Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is a perennial herb native to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Eastern India, and North & South America. It is known by several names such as Indian pennywort, water hyssop, and herb of grace. Ayurveda practitioners believe Bacopa can reduce anxiety, improve memory, and enhance vitality.
WHAT IS BACOPA GOOD FOR?
Bacopa affects the dopamine and serotonin pathways, although its primary mechanism involves neuron communication by increasing the dendrites. As a result, Bacopa consumption may improve brain function. Aside from this, here are several emerging benefits of this herb:
- The antioxidant content of Bacopa can help prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. There are plenty of studies proving that antioxidant consumption can reduce the risks of heart disease and diabetes.
- Hypertension is a serious health condition because it stresses the heart and blood vessels. Research shows that Bacopa may help maintain a healthy blood pressure range. It does this by discharging nitric oxide, a compound that dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow.
- Active compounds in Bacopa have demonstrated anti-cancer potential. In test-tube and animal studies, these have inhibited the growth of cancer cells.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE BACOPA DAILY LONG TERM?
Bacopa is considered safe however, it may not be recommended for pregnant and lactating women and people under medication. Consult a healthcare provider before starting to take Bacopa.
HOW MUCH BACOPA DO YOU NEED?
There is yet to be a recommended daily intake for Bacopa. The dosage recommendation varies depending on the type of product.