Bacopa has been used in Ayurveda for improving memory and learning, strengthening the mind and nervous system.
Bacopa has mechanisms to increase antioxidants in the brain. For example, studies have shown that Bacopa lessens the neurotoxic effects of nicotine and aluminum. * Other studies show Bacopa reduced levels of amyloid deposits in the brains of mice. ** More studies reveal Bacopa increases cerebral blood flow which increases oxygen to the brain cells and waste removal.***
Bacopa is also considered an adaptogenic herb, helping with effects of stress. It has been used for depression and anxiety, sleep problems, hearing loss and vision problems, helping students prepare for exams, tinnitus, high blood pressure, reducing blood sugar levels, and helping with digestion. It has a strong anti-inflammatory action and has been used as a heart tonic.
Bacopa is cooling and bitter, and balances vata, pitta, and kapha.
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