Brahmi, whose biological name is Bacopa Monnieri, has long been used as an Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory and combat stress. Brahmi comprises of a complex mix of phytochemicals that have many benefits for the brain. Phytochemicals are chemicals that occur naturally in plants. Researchers are in the process of evaluating benefits of brahmi to fight neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Let us take a look at the primary benefits of brahmi in fighting Alzheimer’s.
(1) Enhances Cognitive Performance
Brahmi is known to support cognitive performance and learning capabilities. According to a study that was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, elderly participants who were healthy were administered a dose of 300 mg of Brahmi for a period of 12 weeks. These participants showed marked improvements in performance and functioning of their brains. Participants of the study additionally reported a decline in anxiety and improvement in word recall. Brahmi can also assist in the effective management of cognitive decline that is caused by age. Further, it helps in regenerating neural tissues. What’ more, with its stress-fighting abilities, it has a positive effect on the brain.
(2) Improves Memory
Brahmi has been used in the science of Ayurveda for centuries as a memory booster. In a study involving adults from ages 40 to 65, who were given Brahmi on a regular basis, it was found that Brahmi improved the eventual rate of retaining information that was newly acquired.
(3) Neuroprotective Properties
It is believed that Brahmi has neuroprotective properties for the brain. The chemicals present in Brahmi work effectively in the protection of the neural system from damage as well as in the overall improvement of performance of the neurons. This fantastic herb is further said to offer protection to the neural system against neurotoxins such as cigarette smoke, morphine, and aluminum.
(4) Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties
Though the precise causes of Alzheimer’s diseases are not fully known, people suffering from this condition are found to have abnormal amounts of amyloid plaques (which are protein fragments) and fibers in the brain. These eventually reduce the efficacy of healthy neurons. Brahmi has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is found to eliminate amyloid and heavy metals from the brain. This is why it is tested as an herb that fights Alzheimer’s. Studies conducted on the effect of Brahmi on neurons indicate that it reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by suppressing neuronal oxidative stress.