Bacopa Monnieri May Help Improve Cognitive Function and Learning
Bacopa monnieri is a creeping plant mainly found in wet, damp, and marshy areas throughout India. It has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for memory decline, pain, fevers, and inflammation. Researchers recently reviewed two studies that suggest that bacopa monnieri may help improve cognitive functioning and learning capability.
Participants in the first study included 39 adults new diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. All the participants took 300 mg of Bacopa monnieri twice daily for 6 months. They took the Mini Mental State Examination Scale at baseline and at the end of the study. They showed statistically significant improvements in a number of components of the test including orientation of time, place andperson, attention and in the language component in terms of reading, writing and comprehension.
Sixty medical students participated in the second study. They were given 150 mg of Bacopa monnieri or a placebo twice daily for 6 weeks. Memory tests were administered at baseline and after 6 weeks. Participants in the bacopa monnieri group showed significant improvements in the memory tests.