The Ancient Solution to a Happier, Healthier Brain
Some ingredients work so well, we wonder why they ever lost their place in the spotlight. Brahmi is one of those herbs. With recorded use for brain health and mental well-being going back at least to the 6th century and Ayurveda backing it up, it’s no wonder that brahmi is a naturopath’s favorite for increasing brain function and easing stress and occasional anxiety.
Why We Love Brahmi
- At Wile, we love herbs with more than one benefit. It’s that holistic thing. Brahmi’s abilities to enhance both mood and brain function make it a perfect ingredient to support women facing both emotional and intellectual demands, which is every woman we know. Thanks, society.
- Brahmi contains potent nootropic compounds called bacosides. Nootropics increase brain function. While some are synthetic, others, like brahmi, occur naturally. You know how that first cup of coffee snaps you into clarity each morning? That’s because caffeine is also a nootropic. Unlike caffeine, whose effects are almost immediately recognizable, the nootropic effects of brahmi increase over time. If you don’t immediately detect a difference, don’t give up! Some studies have found that the optimal benefits of brahmi use kick in at approximately 12 weeks of use.
- Brahmi is as effective as (if not more than) caffeine in increasing cognitive ability, and it doesn’t have any jittery side effects.
Boosts cognition and memory - brahmi’s nootropic effects make it excellent for maintaining focus, even when you’re feeling burnt out or dealing with hormonal brain fog.
Eases occasional stress and anxiety - brahmi is a popular anti-stress herb. There’s promising research indicating that the bacosides in brahmi can be effective in easing occasional anxiety and its accompanying symptoms.
Decreases symptoms of depression - clinical research is turning up more and more evidence that brahmi can reduce occasional depression, especially when the slump comes after experiencing a lot of stress. You know, that stress crash or hangover after a big project or emotionally charged event? By increasing stress resilience, brahmi can relieve those effects.
May protect against future memory loss - This is the life stage where many of us start to confront Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease in our older loved ones. You may be seeing small declines: repetitive stories, forgotten this or that, less confidence doing daily tasks. These are the wakeup calls that get many of us into prevention now. Brahmi is incredibly rich in antioxidants, which help protect the brain from something called lipid peroxidation. Avoiding lipid peroxidation is indicated as a great way to protect against and helps prevent future cognitive issues.
Brahmi has a rich history of medicinal use through Ayurvedic tradition. As early as the 6th century, an Indian text called the Charaka Samhita mentions brahmi as a remedy for occasional anxiety, lack of concentration, and poor cognition.
It has also been used in Ayurveda as a memory tonic, and Vedic scholars traditionally consumed brahmi to help them memorize long hymns and texts.
About the Plant:
Brahmi is a small plant with round or heart-shaped green leaves and five-petaled flowers. It is native to the wetlands of southern India, but it grows in warm wetlands all over the world. Brahmi is also known as water hyssop, thyme-leaved gratiola, indian pennywort, and herb of grace.
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Things to Know about Brahmi:
Brahmi is considered very safe for most people to use, but it may interact with some medications. Brahmi may lower the effectiveness of liver mediation and interact with cholinergic and anticholinergic drugs. Additionally, there’s some evidence that it could lower heart rate, which could be a problem if you take heart medication or have a heart condition.
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This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.