Bacopa is an Indian herb rich in compounds called bacosides. These compounds are thought to not only repair damaged neurons but to promote new nerve growth as well.
Bacopa’s ability to improve cognition is thought to be a result of reduced anxiety. Because it improves neuron communication with the brain, users both old and young benefit from improved mental performance and memory formation. Because Bacopa monnieri functions as an adaptogen, some individuals may experience a decreased capacity to work after taking it.
The herb is widely used in treating symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s, giving it a positive influence over age-related cognitive decline.
Supplements with Bacopa Monnieri:
- Pase, Matthew P., et al. “The cognitive-enhancing effects of Bacopa monnieri: a systematic review of randomized, controlled human clinical trials.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18.7 (2012): 647-652.
- Wikipedia, Bacopa Monnieri: Bacopa Monnieri.
- The Best Supplements, Bacopa Monnieri: Bacopa Monnieri, 2019.