Bacopa Monnieri is a native plant to the wetlands of India, Australia, China and Europe. The plant is semi-aquatic with purple flowers and small oblong leaves. Bacopa Monnieri has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for nervous system disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy. The plant has Benn under the scope of modern medicine as multiple studies have suggested the plant provides a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that Bacopa Monnieri improves memory, cognition and has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety. These studies demonstrated that adults taking Bacopa Monnieri were able to process material quicker, learn new skills and retain more information than those who were taking a placebo. The potential effects of Bacopa Monnieri are thought to reach farther than just mental performance, with other studies suggesting that the plant helps reduce anxiety and stress while increasing mindfulness. The benefits of this plant come from a group of powerful compounds called bacosides.
Bacosides refer to a class of compounds that provide numerous health benefits to our body. The first recorded benefits from these compounds came from a study done in 1982, where researchers found that supplementing rats with bacosides improved their reaction and learning times. Since then, extensive research has been done on the effects of bacosides and the results have been significant. Scientists have proven that bacosides enhance nerve impulse transmission. They believe that these compounds are able to repair damaged neurons which allows them to function at an optimal rate. Nerve impulse transmission plays a vital role in attention span, focus, concentration and learning. As we grow older our nerves start to perform at less than ideal levels. This happens for two main reasons. One arising from the natural process of aging and the other coming from external variables in our environment. Bacosides mitigate this process and restore optimal function by up regulating neuronal synthesis and kinase activity. Bacosides also improve learning, attention and overall wellness by promoting the natural synthesis of serotonin. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating our overall mood. Low levels of serotonin are thought to be a contributor to depression and inattentiveness. This neurotransmitter also plays a vital role in managing our digestive system, sleep and wake cycle and bone health.