Top 5 Health Benefits of Brahmi

Brahmi, also known as waterhyssop and bacopa monnieri, is a non-aromatic perennial herb originating from the wetlands of Australia, Europe, Africa, south east India, Asia and North and South America. It is used in the ancient, traditional Indian medical system, Ayurveda, and it’s named ‘Brahmi’ after Brahmā, the creative aspect of God in the Hindu Trinity. It is considered an herb that promotes “subtle awareness”, as it’s endowed with ‘sattvic’ properties that confer clarity and wisdom Curious? So were we, read on for these Top 5 Health Benefits of Brahmi!

1. Promising effects on cognitive disorders

Although research is still limited it appears that Brahmi could help with Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, the bacosides (a biochemical compound) present in Brahmi may help, by influencing the brain cells and rebuilding brain tissues. There has been a study by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (India) that suggested that the neuroprotective properties of the plant might have a curative potential for patients suffering from memory loss.

2. Supports stress and anxiety reduction

Brahmi is known to reduce and regulate stress and anxiety by decreasing the level of cortisol (the stress hormone). It has been used in Ayurveda as a nervine to calm the nervous system.

3. Rich in antioxidants

Brahmi is rich in antioxidants which help protect bodily cells whilst removing free radicals. It seems that Brahmi is particularly effective against acrylamide a toxin that is connected to several neurodegenerative diseases.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Brahmi has great anti-inflammatory properties. Its leaves can be rubbed on affected parts of the body to help reduce swelling and irritation. It is also used to provide relief from conditions such as arthritis and gout, moreover it soothes gastric ulcers and is effective in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

5. Supports concentration, memory & intelligence

One of most well known benefits of Brahmi is that it stimulates the mind and concentration. It is suggested that Brahmi has a beneficial effect on the hippocampus part of the brain which is responsible for concentration, memory and intelligence. Curiously, the Brahmi leaf has a similar shape to the cerebellum; the part of the brain that helps control memory and concentration.

Brahmi seems to virtually be all about the BRAIN and boosting cognitive ability. The leaves of Brahmi can be used to make a relaxing tea to decrease stress. Brahmi is conveniently available to take as a supplement in tablet, powder, oil and paste forms. Have you tried Brahmi; what effects did you notice on your mind or brain function? What other “lifestyle medicine” products are you into these days? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Want to grab a quick overview of some ultra healthy foods? Check out these other Top 5’s, learn how to eliminate disease once and for all and stay motivated to stick to your goals so you can Keep YOUR Fit ON for the 75% left of 2019!)

Sebastien Combret

Sebastien, from Alsace, France is a food enthusiast with a background in design. He loves to experiment with recipes and find ways to improve them. He's a die-hard culture-vulture having lived in Italy and China, and travelling throughout south-east Asia, Europe and North Africa. Now living in the UK, he's completed an MBA in environmental management, carried on into an MSc in International Innovation, launched a startup and is now going into research. He loves learning and researching science, all things culinary, cooking including of course eating (he's French afterall!) He also practices meditation, qi gong, yoga etc and is always ready to travel!

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