Bacopa monnieri (aka. water hyssop) is an ayurvedic adaptogenic herb that been used traditionally for longevity and improved cognition. In the research, it appears to reliably improve memory formation. Additionally, it has been shown to prevent increases in anxiety levels and improve depression to a small degree.
Bacopa monnieri works as an antioxidant and by influencing dopamine and serotonin. In order to improve memory, it also increases the rate at which neurons communicate by promoting the growth of new nerve endings.
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Recommended dose: Take 300-500mg per day with food.
For memory, greater improvements are seen after 8-12 weeks than those seen after 4-6 weeks, implying that long-term supplementation is preferable.
For anxiety, its effects are considered to work acutely.
Some reported adverse effects include nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea when taken on an empty stomach.