Bacopa Ext (aerial parts) Bacopa herpestis

Bacopa is a creeping plant with oblong leaves and purple flowers. It is also referenced as Bacopa monnieri, Herpestis monniera, water hyssop, and Brahmi. Bacopa grows primarily in India and tropical areas, as it grows well in wet soil, or even shallow water and marshes. It also produces a fruit in the summer. [1]

Bacopa has been used for centuries in India as an Ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally, it has been used for memory enhancement, epilepsy, and as a sedative. This plant species is also widely used as a tonic for the cardiovascular, digestive, and respiratory systems.

Recently, Bacopa has been receiving much attention in the arenas of medical research, particularly for its purported memory enhancement effects. The majority of completed studies have supported its traditional uses in Ayurvedic medicine. To date, studies for epilepsy, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, digestive complaints, and respiratory disease have been carried out in animal models, though it has not been readily applied to humans. Research is currently being conducted on the antioxidant and possibly anti-cancer effects of Bacopa.

There are several different therapeutic constituents found in the Bacopa plant, including alkaloids, saponins, and sterols. The primary alkaloids are Brahmine and herpestine; the main saponins are d-mannitol and hersaponin; and the bacosides, especially A and B, are considered effective anti-oxidants. Betulinic acid and beta sitosterol are some of the more recently discovered constituents.

It is thought that the Bacosides A and B are primarily responsible for the cognitive effects exhibited by Bacopa. Being antioxidants, they may also exert an anti-cancer effect. The Bacosides are active in several areas of the brain and function as free radical scavengers. [2] There may be a potential use in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

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