Bacopa Monnieri for Memory, Brain Power and Overall Happiness

Bacopa MonnieriBacopa is a classic Ayurvedic nervine and brain tonic. It has been reported that the plant has been used for thousands of years as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy, asthma, and mental clarity.

Bacopa is included in a class of Ayurvedic herbs called “Brahmi”, literally translated this mean “Godlike”.

Here are 4 of the top health benefits of Bacopa:

1) Enhances memory, thinking and mental focus

2) Supports emotional health – positive mood, imagination

3) Eases nervousness and mental strain

4) Stimulates vital neurotransmitters that process information and enhances brain power

Obviously, Bacopa is held in great esteem in the science of Ayurveda to earn this title, and rightfully so due to its multitudinous effects on the body and mind. This herb is used to maintain healthy learning, memory, speech, imagination, and ease nervous and mental strain.

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Bacopa – “Godlike”

Taken from an article written by — Gina Mohammed, Ph.D.,a plant physiologist

Bacopa is the classic Ayurvedic nervine and brain tonic. It has been reported that the plant has been used for thousands of years as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy, asthma, and mental clarity. Bacopa is included in a class of Ayurvedic herbs called “Brahmi”, literally translated this mean “Godlike”. Obviously, Bacopa is held in great esteem in the science of Ayurveda to earn this title, and rightfully so due to its multitudinous effects on the body and mind. This herb is used to maintain healthy learning, memory, speech, sleep patterns, imagination, and ease nervous and mental strain.*

Bacopa“Bacopa monnieri, an aquatic plant also known as water hyssop, has emerged from the recesses of a 3,000-year-old Indian medicinal tradition to claim its place in today’s pharmacopoeia. It was used historically as a brain tonic for memory and learning, a nerve tonic for anxiety or epilepsy, and a cardiac and respiratory aid. Research nowadays has honed in on the herb’s prospects for improving memory, and the studies are very encouraging.

Bacopa apparently improves our ability to learn and retain new information. For example, a well-designed (double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled) Australian study of adults aged 18 to 65 indicates that taking 300 mg of bacopa extract daily for up to 12 weeks can enhance brain function. Using various tests of cognitive performance, the study revealed that subjects were able to process visual information more quickly, learn faster and consolidate new material into memory more effectively.

Calm Frazzled Nerves

Learning and memory seem to operate better when we are calm and relaxed — and one of the ways bacopa may act is by allaying anxiety. In a 1980 study, patients treated with bacopa for anxiety neurosis saw their anxiety levels lowered by about 20 percent and experienced reduced mental fatigue and better short-term memory performance. Four weeks of bacopa therapy also produced a decrease in average systolic blood pressure, from 117 mm-Hg to 112 mm-Hg, and a 37 percent increase in respiratory function, as assessed by breath-holding time. Other symptoms of anxiety, such as insomnia, headache, irritability, lack of concentration, tremors, palpitations and nervousness, also were notably relieved. In other words, bacopa may improve memory and productivity by reducing anxiety and related problems. An added advantage is that it may be a safe substitute for anti-anxiety drugs without the attendant side effects.

Another aspect of memory relates to motor function in our bodies, and bacopa may participate here as well. Memory operating at a molecular level is involved in transmitting chemicals that govern motor responses and nerve signals. Researchers believe that, among its other mechanisms, bacopa may help regulate these important chemicals by stimulating production of a neurotransmitter in the brain known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA inhibits convulsive behavior and assists locomotor function. This neurotransmitter further helps prevent pain from super-sensitive nerve endings and can serve as a sedative. So we can now understand why bacopa has been used successfully for millennia to help counteract epilepsy, a serious neurological disorder.

Help for ADHD in Children

Bacopa’s positive influences also are seen in children. In one study from India, published in the Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine, healthy children aged 6 to 8 who took bacopa syrup daily for four weeks not only solved problems more quickly and accurately, but they also showed greater exploratory behavior — a key ingredient of curiosity, attention and motivation. Children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have been shown to benefit. Another Indian study of 8- to 9-year-olds, published in 2000, found that children who received bacopa extract twice daily for 12 weeks did better on tests, such as sentence repetition, logical memory and paired associate learning tasks (the ability to recall pairs of items presented together). It is not surprising, then, that bacopa syrup is commonly given to schoolchildren in India.

Scientists have really only begun to dig into the mysteries of this plant. Work is progressing on many fronts, including bacopa’s antioxidant actions, antimicrobial properties and its possible capacity to combat cancer, cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory ailments. What appears to be emerging is that bacopa may have an adaptogenic effect, meaning it strengthens the body’s overall resistance to stress and disease.

Clean Your Central Nervous System

Bacopa apparently provides a specialized cleansing and repair system for our nervous system. Its “memory chemicals” are unique saponins known as bacosides. Saponins are natural detergents present in many plants and are commonly used in soaps because of their foaming action. They help flush out damaging chemicals, such as free radicals and excess cholesterol, from the body, protecting molecules such as DNA from damage. The key ones in bacopa, bacoside A and B, are a mixture of saponins that further serve to repair damaged nerve cell connections by aiding protein synthesis, thereby allowing nerves to transmit signals more effectively. The bacosides, combined with many other chemicals in the plant — such as useful alkaloids, sterols and flavonoids — provide a well-stocked cache of brain and nerve foods to boost learning and memory.

What can this mean to people at risk for, say, Alzheimer’s disease? The main feature of this ailment is a loss of nerve-cell function in the brain’s hippocampus, and animal studies indicate bacosides have antioxidant activity in the hippocampus as well as the frontal cortex and striatum. This suggests they may help protect the integrity of the brain’s nerve cells in these regions and perhaps deter the onset or development of the disease. “

*A Note on Dosage: It is advisable to take Brahmi for at least three months for significant effects and thereafter adjust the dose to suit the individual. It is wise to treat the brain like a muscle – use it or lose it. Regular, stimulating mental activities keep the brain sharp, just as a vigorous workout helps keep muscles fit and performing optimally. The brain is susceptible to dehydration, so drink plenty of clean, pure fluids as part of any brain nutrition program. Supplemental herbs such as Bacopa may prove efficacious to a brain power plan, but give any supplement program enough time to work before evaluating its effects. Based on the metabolic rate of brain cells, the benefits may not be noticed for at least 90 days.

Contraindications, Toxicity, Cautions, and Safety: As with all dietary or herbal supplements, you should inform your health care professional that you are using this product. Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to consult with a physician prior to use. When a preparation of the plant was evaluated for safety and tolerability it showed no adverse effects, but there were some reports of mild gastrointestinal symptoms. However, this herb has been used safely by healthy people of all ages in India, and Brahmi tea is actually given to infants starting in their first month of life to encourage optimal brain development. To date, no other side effects have been reported with Bacopa. Laboratory studies on rats indicate that extracts of the plant can improve memory capacity. Recent studies suggest bacopa may improve intellectual activity, and in a randomized clinical trial of 98 healthy older people (over 55 years) Bacopa significantly improved memory acquisition and retention.

Tattva’s Herbs natural supplements combine the wisdom of Mother Nature with the very latest technology known as supercritical extraction. This state of the art technology delivers a very pure extract that is both full spectrum and extremely concentrated at the same time. It is so pure that you can actually smell the qualities of the original herb in the extract, and you are greeted with this aroma when you open a bottle. It is sweet and powerful. There is simply no other extraction method so effective that you can actually smell the purity, fragrance and essence of the herb. This is a testimony to the great care that goes into the selection of the herbs and the supercritical extraction process itself. To give you an idea of the potency and concentration of the extract, we can often use as much as 200 to 250 pounds of fresh herbs to produce just one pound of supercritical extract. All of the herbs are grown on organic farms and selected with the greatest of care. The supercritical process produces an exceptionally broad representation of the herbs’ active constituents, which oftentimes traditional methods of extraction cannot even begin to extract. Furthermore, the supercritical process does not use any chemical solvents at all. Instead, it utilizes safe and environmentally friendly carbon dioxide, the same carbon dioxide that is found in your sparkling water.

Finally, the supercritical extract, post-supercritical extract (PSE) (a water-soluble extract), and the raw whole herb are combined to create our herbal formula. The finished product is superior in terms of both freshness and breadth of active constituents. It delivers the full spectrum of the herbs with a potency that cannot be surpassed. In addition, all of the herbs are independently tested for heavy metals and other contaminates. The result is an exquisite formula that delivers simplicity, purity and incredible potency all at once.

Shatavari – “Queen of Herbs”

Shatavari RootsShatavari, also known as Asparagus racemosus  is known as the “Queen of Herbs” because it promotes love and devotion. It is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb which has a special affinity with women, though it is also excellent for men.

The name Shatavari comes from an Indian word meaning “a woman possessing a hundred husbands. It is used to maintain and nourish the female reproductive organs and is the main herb, and highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine for issues connected to women’s fertility, menstrual irregularity and controlling blood loss, menopausal issues, and loss of libido. It acts as a womens’ rejuvenative, helping to balance estrogen, stimulate lactation and prevent miscarriage. For men it is a nutritive tonic similar to ginseng. Because Shatavari is a gentle herb, acting as a systemic tonic and is calming, it is considered, along with Ashwagandha and Brahmi, (or Bacopa) to be excellent for people of all ages.

Shatavari has also been used as a tonic for circulatory, digestive and respiratory organs, ulcers, bronchial infections, diarrhea, rheumatism, diabetes, bleeding ulcers, gastritis, dysentery, dry cough, sore throat, inflammation in the lungs due to dryness and heat, male fertility and impotence, building body mass and muscle tissue, nourishing the blood, the immune system, calming the nerves, and insomnia.

Tattva’s Herbs natural supplements combine the wisdom of Mother Nature with the very latest technology known as supercritical extraction. This state of the art technology delivers a very pure extract that is both full spectrum and extremely concentrated at the same time. It is so pure that you can actually smell the qualities of the original herb in the extract, and you are greeted with this aroma when you open a bottle. It is sweet and powerful. There is simply no other extraction method so effective that you can actually smell the purity, fragrance and essence of the herb. This is a testimony to the great care that goes into the selection of the herbs and the supercritical extraction process itself. To give you an idea of the potency and concentration of the extract, we can often use as much as 200 to 250 pounds of fresh herbs to produce just one pound of supercritical extract. All of the herbs are grown on organic farms and selected with the greatest of care. The supercritical process produces an exceptionally broad representation of the herbs’ active constituents, which oftentimes traditional methods of extraction cannot even begin to extract. Furthermore, the supercritical process does not use any chemical solvents at all. Instead, it utilizes safe and environmentally friendly carbon dioxide, the same carbon dioxide that is found in your sparkling water.

Finally, the supercritical extract, post-supercritical extract (PSE) (a water-soluble extract), and the raw whole herb are combined to create our herbal formula. The finished product is superior in terms of both freshness and breadth of active constituents. It delivers the full spectrum of the herbs with a potency that cannot be surpassed. In addition, all of the herbs are independently tested for heavy metals and other contaminates. The result is an exquisite formula that delivers simplicity, purity and incredible potency all at once.

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An Ayurvedic View on the Balanced Mind

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression is a Western psychological diagnosis, characterized by mood swings between elation (or mania) and depression. There are an extensive amount of symptoms and manifestations relating to these diagnoses that can vary greatly, depending on the environment and varied imbalances of the individual. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time in modern life. It can cause unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Depression also affects one’s mood and ability to cope by causing a sense of hopelessness, despondency, cheerlessness, worry, anxiety and sorrow.  In susceptible individuals, bipolar disorder and depression are primarily amplified by low ojas (vigor, immunity, strength, contentment, essentially the fluid of life) and high vata (biological principle of movement and dryness) in the mind and nervous system. As we shall discover, Ayurveda offers a multitude of holistic tools and ways of approaching this disease that can restore health so one does not have to rely as heavily on conventional western treatments and medications that can carry with them so many negative side effects.

Traditional Ayurveda has no specific equivalent description for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder written in the classical Ayurvedic texts.  One of the main ancient treatises on Ayurveda is the Charaka Samhita, describe such mental disorders as “wandering about of mind, intellect, consciousness, knowledge, memory, inclination, manners, activities and conduct.”  Some of the descriptions and symptoms written in these texts are similar to western diagnostics, and some parallels can be drawn. One who is familiar with the practice of Ayurvedic medicine will look at the underlying causes of the symptoms in the individual. Brain, or mood disorders manifest due to imbalances in the three fundamental biological qualities, or doshas that govern the body and mind; vata, pitta and kapha; and the mental principles of sattva, rajas and tamas, which, to simplify, are the “qualities of consciousness.”

The stresses of today’s modern lifestyles can cause many doshic imbalances, which in turn can cause mood disorders.  As mentioned earlier, western medical doctors are eager to prescribe any number of anti-depressant drugs on the market, without looking at the underlying root causes of these conditions. The main tools used in Ayurveda for managing the mind are “diet and herbs on a physical level, prana and the senses working at a more subtle level, and mantra and meditation working more at the level of the mind itself.”

Keeping regular daily routines, eating a healthy diet, getting appropriate exercise, and using some quality herbal supplements, such as Bacopa, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola and Jatamansi  can make a big difference in managing one’s mental state, and in helping to improve the lives of individuals suffering from these conditions. Triphala is a useful combination of three fruits that help reduce vata in the intestines, and also helps with the absorption of the other herbs and foods that are being taken and will exponentially multiply their effects.

Since Ayurveda is not a quick process, and the science relies on the development of healthy routines and habits over a lifetime, it is important for a patient to practice and have patience with the process.

Bacopa Info

BacopaBacopa is the classic Ayurvedic nervine and brain tonic. It has been reported that the plant has been used for thousands of years as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy, asthma, and mental clarity. Bacopa is included in a class of Ayurvedic herbs called “Brahmi”, literally translated this mean “Godlike”. Obviously, Bacopa is held in great esteem in the science of Ayurveda to earn this title, and rightfully so due to its multitudinous effects on the body and mind. This herb is used to maintain healthy learning, memory, speech, imagination, and ease nervous and mental strain.*

*A Note on Dosage: It is advisable to take Brahmi for at least three months for significant effects and thereafter adjust the dose to suit the individual. It is wise to treat the brain like a muscle – use it or lose it. Regular, stimulating mental activities keep the brain sharp, just as a vigorous workout helps keep muscles fit and performing optimally. The brain is susceptible to dehydration, so drink plenty of clean, pure fluids as part of any brain nutrition program. Supplemental herbs such as Bacopa may prove efficacious to a brain power plan, but give any supplement program enough time to work before evaluating its effects. Based on the metabolic rate of brain cells, the benefits may not be noticed for at least 90 days.

Extraction Information:Tattva’s Herbs natural supplements combine the wisdom of Mother Nature with the very latest technology known as supercritical extraction. This state of the art technology delivers a very pure extract that is both full spectrum and extremely concentrated at the same time. It is so pure that you can actually smell the qualities of the original herb in the extract, and you are greeted with this aroma when you open a bottle. It is sweet and powerful. There is simply no other extraction method so effective that you can actually smell the purity, fragrance and essence of the herb.

This is a testimony to the great care that goes into the selection of the herbs and the supercritical extraction process itself. To give you an idea of the potency and concentration of the extract, we can often use as much as 200 to 250 pounds of fresh herbs to produce just one pound of supercritical extract. All of the herbs are grown on organic farms and selected with the greatest of care. The supercritical process produces an exceptionally broad representation of the herbs’ active constituents, which oftentimes traditional methods of extraction cannot even begin to extract. Furthermore, the supercritical process does not use any chemical solvents at all. Instead, it utilizes safe and environmentally friendly carbon dioxide, the same carbon dioxide that is found in your sparkling water.

Finally, the supercritical extract, post-supercritical extract (PSE) (a water-soluble extract), and the raw whole herb are combined to create our herbal formula. The finished product is superior in terms of both freshness and breadth of active constituents. It delivers the full spectrum of the herbs with a potency that cannot be surpassed. In addition, all of the herbs are independently tested for heavy metals and other contaminates. The result is an exquisite formula that delivers simplicity, purity and incredible potency all at once.

Contraindications, Toxicity, Cautions, and Safety: As with all dietary or herbal supplements, you should inform your health care professional that you are using this product. Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to consult with a physician prior to use. When a preparation of the plant was evaluated for safety and tolerability it showed no adverse effects, but there were some reports of mild gastrointestinal symptoms. However, this herb has been used safely by healthy people of all ages in India, and Brahmi tea is actually given to infants starting in their first month of life to encourage optimal brain development. To date, no other side effects have been reported with Bacopa.

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