Bacopa, also referred to as brahmi, is an aquatic plant, most traditionally used in India for medicinal purposes. Bacopa has succulent leaves and small, white flowers that consist of approximately four to five petals. Bacopa grows under damp conditions; it is found in wetlands across the continents.
The fact that it is an aquatic plant allows it to grow in water, even waters that have a high salt concentration.
Health Benefits of Bacopa
Most frequently, Bacopa is used to improve cognitive functions, because it is thought to possess neuroprotective properties. These properties may increase chemicals in the brain that have to do with memory, thinking and learning.
Bacopa is used primarily to improve memory and is therefore used as a form of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Because the chemicals released potentially improve thinking, Bacopa is also used to improve concentration and attention of those with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Bacopa is also frequently used to ease the symptoms of IBS and control anxiety levels. Bacopa, when taken for anxiety, can control its symptoms, such as nervousness, headaches, difficulty sleeping at night, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and stomach aches.
There is even some evidence that supports, if taken regularly for a long period of time, that Bacopa can prevent seizures associated with epilepsy. The soothing effects of Bacopa leaves are also used for asthma, stress, back and joint pain, as well as for certain mental illnesses.
How to Use Bacopa
Bacopa is a calming herb that is safe enough for daily use. You can choose to buy supplements containing Bacopa, or you can prepare the leaves yourself for consumption. You can soak the leaves in water overnight and then grind them to make a tonic. You can store the unused, powdered leaves for later use, as needed.
Though Bacopa is safe and has been used for centuries, low dosages are generally recommended over high dosages.
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