Bacopa Monnieri: A Herb With Cognitive-Enhancing Effects (2018) 5/5 (2)

Bacopa Monnieri is a herb initially used in traditional Indian medicine. It is known for improving cognition and memory formation and has been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, ADHD and many other conditions. Because of its brain function benefits, it is also commonly used as a nootropic.


Successfully improves memory

Reduces everyday stress

Helps with anxiety

May cause nausea and other digestion problems

Its relaxing effects may result in laziness

1. What is Bacopa Monnieri? 

Bacopa Monnieri is a herb with a long history and many different uses. It was first mentioned in 6th Century as a substance that helped ancient scholars memorize long and difficult books. Since then it has been widely used in traditional Indian medicine system called Ayurveda, modern alternative medicine approaches and as a nootropic as well. [1]

Bacopa Monnieri Review

Bacopa Monnieri Review

Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi and water hyssop, has been known to improve cognition and memory formation and used to support the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, ADHD, epilepsy and many other conditions. [2]

“How?” you may ask.

It has been proven by several studies that Bacopa Monnieri consists of neuroprotective and memory-restoring ingredients that prevent degradation of lipids, cell death and stress by facilitating neuronal activity and blood flow in the brain. It also elevates levels of serotonin receptors and therefore promotes information encoding and neuron communication. Moreover, it has been recognized as a substance that helps grow dendrites (nerve endings). [3]

2. What for is Bacopa Monnieri used in nootropic stacks?

Bacopa Monnieri is a powerful nootropic mostly used for:

  • improving memory formation
  • reducing stress
  • reducing anxiety
  • improving cognitive brain functions

3. Bacopa Monnieri Benefits

As mentioned before, there are many benefits to supplementing Bacopa Monnieri.

Let’s have a look at the most important ones:

  • Improving Memory

Many studies have shown that taking Bacopa Monnieri for a longer period of time improves memory. Interesting enough, positive effects are recognized among healthy people and also those in cognitive decline. This amusing herb needs a little bit of your patience though. First results can only be seen after 4-6 weeks of use. [1]

  • Decreasing anxiety

Bacopa Monnieri may slightly help you with anxiety. It won’t diminish it, but Bacopa’s compounds will most definitely lower its levels and provide you with some sort of relief. [1]

  • Reducing stress

Since Bacopa Monnieri is an adaptogen, its compounds are capable of preventing chemical and physical effects of stress. This will help you stay calm while pursuing your busy schedule, checking things off the day’s to-do list and managing other activities.

This benefit is not a benefit for everyone though. If you are generally a very relaxed person or don’t experience much stress, taking Bacopa Monnieri as a supplement may cause you to be slightly less motivated or even kind of lazy. [1]

  • Improving cognition

Cognition includes all mental processes regarding gaining knowledge and comprehension. I’ve mentioned Bacopa Monnier’s effects on memory before, but besides that, it also improves overall cognition. That’s why it is also widely used with patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. [4]

And even if you are a completely healthy individual, your cognition, thinking and recalling information may improve if you take Bacopa Monnieri supplement.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri

4. How to Take Bacopa Monnieri and How Much?

The standard dose is 300 mg. When consuming it, take into account that there is only about 55% of active compound bacoside.

You can take it in a form of a tablet, capsule or powder. Whatever suits you best.

Since Bacopa Monnieri can cause nausea, cramps and other digestion irregularities when taken on an empty stomach, it is strongly advised you consume it together with food. You may also take it with fatty foods since it is fat soluble.

Bacopa Monnieri Benefits

5. Bacopa Monnieri Side Effect Profile

As mentioned before, Bacopa Monnieri can cause:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • cramping
  • bloating

All of these side effects can be avoided by taking Bacopa Monnieri with a meal or after it. Some also report feeling lazy or unmotivated after taking it, due to its relaxing anti-stress ingredients.

Besides that, it is a fairly safe nootropic.

 6. Bacopa Monnieri Reviews

There are some promising and a little less promising reviews and feedbacks on Bacopa Monnieri – let’s read some of them:

“I love the de-stressing and anxiolytic effects of Bacopa Monnieri, and I do believe it also increased my cognition.”

“Absolutely love Bacopa, I have been taking it on and off for a couple years. When I first was taking it, I was having stomach issues that I thought was due do the Bacopa but am pretty sure I found the suspect and it isn’t Bacopa.”

” I have a bad memory, and ADHD soi decided to give it a try. I cant believe how clear my head is! It takes a little while to take effect, but it is amazing!”

“I think I noticed an improvement in my memory and usually I am pretty disbelieving in supplements. Started getting headaches all the time though so I stopped taking it and so did the headaches.”

 7. Where to Buy Bacopa Monnieri?

It is easily available and commonly sold for this purpose via online supplement and nootropic vendors.

As a standalone product, I do recommend ordering it here.

I also have to mention that you can find Bacopa Monnieri in some of my favorite nootropic stacks:

  • Mind Lab Pro

Most Bacopa extract supplements supply only a limited spectrum extract of Bacopa Monnier’s bio-active parts. In Mind Lab Pro Bacopa Monnieri alongside ten other high-quality ingredients delivers the promising effects.

If you want to read my whole review of Mind Lab Pro, you can do it here.

  • Qualia Mind

Qualia Mind contains 300 mg of Bacopa Monnieri which is the standard dose if you want to get the most out of it. I totally love the Qualia Mind product! As I mentioned in my review (which you can read here) the brand is like a Mercedes among cars – totally classy and totally worth it.

  • Alpha Brain

The last but not least nootropic stack that contains Bacopa Monnieri and is definitely one of my favorites, is Alpha Brain developed by Onnit.

I remember I was really fascinated through my testing period that I didn’t even need a typical 3-week test period, I noticed the effects after just 2 weeks.

Still, it is better to leave you with my whole review, which you can read here – check it out and decide it for yourself.

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