Bacopa monnieri is also known as Bacopa monniera, brahmi, and water hyssop. Bacopa monnieri has been used in India for many years for its ability to enhance cognitive function, and it has also been used in the treatment of epilepsy. While Bacopa monnieri is most typically used for its ability to enhance cognitive function, it also acts as an adaptogen (helps the body adapt to physical and mental stress), it is known to increase production of the thyroid hormone T4, and it has mood boosting and anti-stress properties.
Bacopa monnieri has been shown in both human and animal studies to enhance cognitive function. Bacopa monnieri has been shown to increase focus, learning speed, and memory. The adaptogenic effects of bacopa monnieri have been shown to be quite significant. Adaptogens can be beneficial to athletes by allowing for faster and more complete recovery of the muscles and central nervous system following training. Bacopa monnieri appears to exert its anti-stress effects without a sedative effect, so it can effectively relieve stress and boost mood without causing the user to feel sleepy as some other anti-stress herbs might. Finally, Bacopa monnieri may assist in fat burning as it has been shown to significantly boost production of the thyroid hormone T4 in animals. Unfortunately levels of the primary active thyroid hormone T3 appear unaffected by Bacopa monnieri. Bacopa monnieri will probably not significantly elevate metabolic rate, but it might work well to help prevent the metabolic slowdown that is typically associated with dieting.
It is best to get a Bacopa monnieri supplement that is standardized for bacosides, the active constituents of Bacopa monnieri. Bacopa is available in powder and capsule form. It is also included in a variety of supplements including fat burners, adaptogenic blends, and brain boosters. Bacopa monnieri will have some immediate effects, but the full benefits of this herb should build over a period of weeks. Bacopa monnieri should be taken on a daily basis for best results.
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