Bacopa Monnieri has over 1400 years of use in Ayurvedic medicine. It was used by ancient Vedic (Brahmanism or a form of Hinduism) scholars to memorize long scriptures passages. Traditionally, it has been known as an adaptogenic herb that "sharpens the mind and intellect".
Most of Bacopa's effects on memory are attributed to its ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (the enzyme that breaks down choline), raise the activity of choline acetyltransferase, raise the activity of tryptophan hydroxylase (synthesizes 5-HTP from tryptophan), increase cerebral blood flow, and raise antioxidant levels in the brain (glutathione, vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A, specifically).
Bacopa also helps to balance the proper ratios of dopamine and serotonin for optimal brain function. Look for an extract with at least 50% Bacosides.
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