Bacopa is a nootropic supplement to help with mental clarity, your nervous system, and healthy brain function. It’s sold by Oregon company Herb Pharm, from the unincorporated community Williams. Their Bacopa is grown in India and seems to be harvested by hand to ensure purity. The resulting product from Herb Pharm can be used by many people, even as a general supplement for overall health. Bacopa is known to improve memory performance over time.
Bacopa contains the following ingredients: Bacopa herb (647 mg).
Usually, people taking Bacopa will try to get 300 mg a day. With this product, that means two to three droppers daily, with meals if you can manage it. The Bacopa monnieri plant is also known as brahmi, thyme leafed gratiola, and Indian pennywort. The nootropic herb grows best in damp conditions. Some people even use it as an aquarium plant. The herb has been used in traditional medicine for epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, enlarged spleen, inflammations, leprosy, anemia, gastroenteritis, and more. While not all of its alleged effects have been proven through scientific study, bacopa does have potential to help with a lot of problems. Side effects are rare. If they do appear, it tends to be nausea more than anything else. Taking supplements with food can offset the risk of side effects, and it’s recommended that you use this supplement during mealtimes.
Herb Pharm recommends taking Bacopa between meals – if you get an upset stomach, just take Bacopa with meals instead of between them. The herb seems to work in people of all ages, although its effects are usually studied in the elderly. If the bacopa extract is of high quality, you only need 200 to 300 mg in a day. The active compound (bacoside content) needs to be more than 50 percent of the extract. The company doesn’t say whether or not their product meets this threshold.
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- Convenient liquid form with an included dropper. Add one dropper to juice or water, at least twice a day, to get a full serving.
- High level of purity. This product allegedly meets Proposition 65 standards in regard to potential heavy metal contamination.
- Doesn’t list the bacoside content, so it’s difficult to know how much of this product you need to take. Not all bacopa products are equal in strength.
- More expensive than similar capsule form supplements.
Most products with Bacopa monnieri are safe and effective. It does depend a lot on the quality of the product, though. You want to look for something which includes 25 percent bacosides or more, if possible. Unfortunately, Herb Pharm doesn’t list their bacoside content. Most people who use this product like it, so it does seem effective. The most common complaint is about the taste. One person said adding it to tea doesn’t help, but juice might. One reviewer said they got a rash, which is highly unusual. Almost everyone who takes this product regularly will see benefits at some point. At most, bacopa needs 4 to 6 weeks for benefits to appear.