Bacopa Boosts Mental Functions
Adapted from LifeVantage Science Newsletter no. 8
Do you easily recall names of your grade school teachers, but can’t for the life of you remember the name of someone you just met? Do dates, places and newly learned facts sometimes elude you?
Often our long-term memories can be much easier to access than our short-term ones. This phenomenon is sometimes associated with aging, but it can happen at all life stages. The good news is that fading short-term memory is not necessarily a foregone conclusion.
The natural world is rich with mind-boosting plants. According to studies, including this one, Bacopa monniera is a powerful stimulus for improving memory retention. In a double-blind study, 76 adults from ages 40 to 65 were tested before the trial, three months into it, and six weeks after its conclusion. The study found that Bacopa had a significant effect on retention of new information.
Native to marshy areas of India and now found throughout the tropic and subtropical areas of the world Bacopa grows to four inches tall and two feet wide. The plant’s long stems are covered in tiny, pristine five-petal flowers. This beautiful, easy-to-grow plant has recently become popular among gardeners.
Bacopa extract, one of the five main ingredients of Protandim, has been important in Indian medicine for centuries, used chiefly to enhance clear thinking and memory function. Like the other ingredients in Protandim (Green Tea, Ashwaganda, Turmeric and Milk Thistle) studies suggest Bacopa provides strong antioxidant defense against stress on the brain. It is also used to improve concentration, alertness and focus.
As with all Protandim ingredients, the antioxidant capabilities of Bacopa are much weaker on their own than when combined with the other components to form Protandim. The synergistic combination in Protandim promotes calmer mental processes; healthy sleep patterns; and sustained levels of energy, strength and physical activity.