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Brahmi

Improves memory.
Increases learning capacity.
Relieves stress and anxiety.
Ideal for students and the elderly.

BRAHMI THE TRADITIONAL AYURVEDIC BRAIN TONIC

Bacopa Monniera, more commonly known as Brahmi, originates from traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is a creeping plant found in damp, marshy regions throughout India. Of all Indian herbal therapies, Brahmi was, and still is, considered to be the premier herb for treating brain problems and age-related mental decline as well as to improve cognitive processes such as memory.

The practice of Ayurveda is holistic and classifies people into having one of three main body types -- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These help determine all aspects of the person from physical stature to personality traits. Whilst most people possess qualities of each, there is usually one body type that is predominant. In conjunction with this, Ayurveda sees that different nutrients and foods exert different effects on people depending on their body type. However, the herb Brahmi is exceptional as it is recognised as a tridoshic balancing herb which means it is suitable for all body types. In particular, Ayurvedic physicians found that the Vata dosha, which governs the nervous system, benefits the most from the effects of Brahmi. It was through the success of these ancient medical practices over three thousand years ago that Brahmi was established as a powerful nervine and brain tonic.

HOW IT WORKS

Although Ayurvedic practitioners and their patients have known of Brahmi's benefits for thousands of years, it was not until the Central Drug Institute of India was established in 1951 that formal scientific studies determined exactly how this herb works. They discovered that Brahmi contained two main active ingredients, Bacosides A and B. The neurobiological effects of these isolated molecules were found to increase protein kinase activity and new protein synthesis, specifically in cells in regions of the brain associated with long term memory. They determined that this long-treasured herb had the amazing ability to facilitate learning, memory and concentration by stimulating neural activity.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BRAHMI?

The effects of Brahmi can be of benefit to anyone wishing to stimulate their powers of recall and concentration. Although Brahmi has shown to be helpful in treating ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), age-related mental deterioration and concentration difficulties due to stress, it may be incredibly beneficial where there is no health condition, but only the desire to improve cognitive function. An animal study in 1982 found that Brahmi improved the initial acquisition of learned information as well as retention ability. The study also showed that Brahmi delayed the length of time it took for the information to become extinct or 'unlearned'.1

Brahmi is as eminently suited to a healthy, young student looking to maximise their ability to focus and study, as to an elderly person hoping to regain their memory. It enables people to optimise their intellectual potential and mental vitality for the betterment of both personal and professional pursuits.

TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF STUDY AND WORK

Aside from increasing intellectual and cognitive function, Brahmi induces a sense of calm and peace in its users. It is unique in its ability to invigorate mental processes whilst reducing the effects of stress and nervous anxiety. This makes Brahmi extremely applicable in highly stressful work or study environments where clarity of thought is as important as being able to work 12462881pressure. Many people have the intelligence to perform to strict standards, but lack the composure and self-confidence to reach them. Additionally, Brahmi helps soothe the restlessness and distraction that nervousness causes. Brahmi is ideal for students and workers faced with this problem.

As a nervine tonic, Brahmi has been used to help those affected by stroke, nervous breakdown or exhaustion and Attention Deficit Disorder. It may also be of value in assisting those with epilepsy.2

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS

The potential healing benefits of Brahmi extend beyond just that of the brain. Traditional Ayurvedic practitioners utilised the herb for a number of conditions. It was used as a blood cleanser and to treat fevers, inflammations, joint pain and a variety of skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, boils and ulcers. Brahmi is also reputed to stimulate hair, skin and nail growth.

A study conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Brahmi in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) found the herb to exert beneficial effects, particularly on the form where diarrhoea was predominant.3 Clinical studies on healthy human volunteers have also shown multiple doses of Bacosides to be well tolerated and devoid of any untoward reaction or side-effects.

BRAHMI FORMULATIONS

This exceptional herb is often combined with the circulatory booster Ginkgo biloba and choline-rich Lecithin. Like Brahmi, these nutrients have long been associated with the brain. Although they have independent modes of action, they may work well synergistically to improve cognitive function, particularly powers of memory and concentration.

 

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