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Also known as brahmi, water hyssop, thyme-leaved gratiola or herb of grace.
This plant has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a “brain tonic.” Legend has it was used by Vedic scholars to memorize lengthy texts. It is one of the more cherished herbs due to its neuroactive properties and its ability to rejuvenate the central nervous system. In India, bacopa is often given to babies in the hopes that it will open the gateway to intelligence.
Active compounds called bacosides A and B, are proposed to have antioxidant activity, neutralizing free radicals and preventing lipid peroxidation, a process that is linked to neurodegenerative diseases. Bacopa has also been studied in children with and without ADHD, for memory and learning in both scenarios. May also diminish stress and mental fatigue at work if taken over time.
- Country of origin: India
- Part used: Herb 50% Bacosides A & B
- Solvent for extraction: Alcohol
- 20: 1 extraction ratio
- Stored form: Brown powder, characteristic bitter taste