Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is another staple of Ayurvedic wisdom and knowledge. It's a small, succulent herb with numerous branches. It is found in wet soil, shallow water, and marshes. Its small flowers are purple or white in color with 4 or 5 petals. Every part of the plant can be used for its medical properties, therefore its effects are visible on multiple areas of health and well-being.
Recent research shows the immense potential Brahmi has for boosting and enhancing brain function. The effects are most visible on memory, but also on spatial learning. One study showed that Brahmi improved the speed of processing visual information, attention, and learning rate.
Along with these potential cognitive-enhancing effects that work in synergy with those of Reishi, Lion's mane, and Ashwagandha, it's also a so-called "tonic for the mind", meaning that it increases clarity and subtlety of the mind and has an overall calming and focusing effect.
Antioxidants are chemical compounds naturally present in the body, but they can also be ingested from external sources, like Brahmi. Antioxidants protect the cells from harmful free radicals - chemical entities that destroy the structure of everything they come in contact with, which is especially harmful to cells. Free radicals also cause fat molecules in the cell membranes to undergo a process called lipid peroxidation, which morphs their structure and diminishes their structural properties.
Brahmi, or rather, its compounds such as backsides, have shown to neutralize free radicals and prevent fat molecules from reacting with free radicals.
Inflammation is the natural way for the body to defend against disease and heal. However, sometimes the inflammation can persist, usually, in a subtle, almost non-noticeable manner and this can cause chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Brahmi studies, both in test-tube and in animals showed that it appears to suppress the inflammatory response by suppressing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, as well as by suppressing the activity of enzymes that play a key role in inflammation and pain - cyclooxygenase, caspases, and lipooxygenases. A study even showed that Brahmi might have anti-inflammatory effects similar to those of diclofenac and indomethacin - two very common non-steroidal inflammatory drugs.
Aside from the aforementioned main effect areas of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), it has also shown great potential in reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, reducing ADHD symptoms, etc.