Bacopa monnieri is one of the oldest Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurveda is a holistic healing system developed in India over 3,000 years ago. The plant is frequently called Brahmi, a reference to Lord Brahma, a deity in the Hindu pantheon. Bacopa is a perennial plant, also known as water hyssop, moneywort, and the "herb of grace." It grows in tropical wetlands throughout India and East Asia and is cultivated domestically and often used as an aquarium plant.
Bacopa may provide some protection from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and prion diseases, and could help slow progression in people who already have the condition. Betulinic acid is a component of bacopa that reduces inflammation in the brain and central nervous system. Beta-amyloid protein deposits are associated with many neurodegenerative disorders. The proteins build up in the brain and kill cells. Bacopa contains phytochemicals called bacosides that can inhibit the formation of these deposits and make it harder for the protein to enter brain cells. Bacopa also helps repair damaged neurons and restore synapses, to better transmit signals between nerve cells.
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