Bacopa Enlighten is Bacopa monniera Linn, a herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for support of cognitive function. Recent science supports this role along with powerful neuroprotective effects through the upregulation of the brain's own antioxidant defense enzymes.
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Bacopa monniera extract (50% bacosides A & B) 300 mg
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Bacopa monniera Linn (formerly Herpestis monniera), the water hyssop, is creeping annual plant with succulent leaves and delicate mauve flowers. While it can be found throughout the world in marshy areas, Bacopa is revered in India, where it is known as Brahmi. The observation that this beautiful botanical supports cognitive function and promote tranquility goes back to the very beginnings of Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India. The two core Vedic medical texts, the Caraka Samhita (first to sixth centuries CE) and the Sushruta Samhita, which may go back into the early centuries BCE, both speak of its ability to provide a wide range of benefits to mental function. The later Bhavprakasa Varg-Prakarana informed readers that Brahmi "acts as a brain tonic and promotes longevity."
Even today, newborn babies in India are ceremonially anointed with Bacopa in the belief that it will open the gateway of intelligence, and children are given Bacopa teas and syrups to promote their mental development. In such a cultural context, it is therefore not surprising that most of the earlier human Bacopa trials in humans were performed in children. In one double-blind, controlled study, 110 boys, ages 10 to 13, of average intelligence as measured on IQ tests, took either a Bacopa supplement or a dummy wafer every day for nine months. Before and after starting the supplement program, the boys took a battery of tests of brain function, including intelligence, memory, and reaction time.
At the end of the trial, there were no significant improvements in the cognitive functioning of the boys who had been given the dummy wafers. But math skills, direct memories, and several subtests of a variation on the IQ tests were all significantly improved in the boys who took the Bacopa supplement.
But later studies have also been performed in adults. One of them focused on people with anxiety disorders - another aspect of cognitive function for which Bacopa is traditionally believed to be helpful. After four weeks of taking a Bacopa syrup, a group of 35 workers with anxiety were found to have improved memory, less anxiety, better social adjustment (as measured by the Asthana-Bell adjustment inventory), and less mental fatigue at work - something measurable in terms of greater work output. The supplement also very slightly lowered their blood pressure, from 117 to 112 millimeters of mercury (on the "top" number of your reading - the systolic blood pressure).
All of these effects were mild, however - probably because of the short duration of the trial. A longer (twelve-week), better-designed study on the brain-boosting powers of Bacopa has given the herb a much stronger endorsement. Australian researchers performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 46 healthy men and women. The whole group took a battery of neuropsychological tests. Then, half of this group took a 300 milligrams of a Bacopa supplement (carefully standardized to contain at least 50% of the two known active markers, bacosides A and B) every day, while the remaining 23 took dummy pills designed to look, smell, taste and weigh the same as the real thing.
The participants were re-tested five weeks later, and again at the twelve week mark. No significant differences between the folks taking the real supplement and those taking the bogus pill were reported after the first five weeks - a fact which might explain why the effects in the four-week syrup study, discussed above, were so mild. But at the end of the twelve-week study, compared to the group taking the placebo pill, men and women supplementing with Bacopa showed significant improvements in cognitive function, processing visual information 15% faster as measured by the inspection time (IT) test, showing a 14% greater rate of learning, a 33% lower rate of forgetting, verbal information, along with a a remarkable 108% better ability to consolidate new information without interference from previously-learned data ("proactive interference") - all detected by Rey's Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT), still the standard for verbal learning tests.
Few side effects were se