Bacopa monnieri is a plant originally from Asia, Africa and North America, used for 3,000 years in Indian traditional medicine. It is a perennial plant. Its leaves are succulent and relatively thick. Their shape is oval, arranged opposite on the stem and color is variable, depending on the amount of sunlight. The floating leaves when exist, have the same aspect with submerged leaves. Flowers are small and white in color. The plant can reach 50-90 cm in height and 4-8cm in width.
Chemical composition – The plant contains alkaloids: Brahmin, herpestine. Sapinoside- monnierine, hersaponine. Bacosides A and B, D, monnitol, Betulic acid, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, heptacosan, mono and octocosane, dotriacontane, nicotinic acid, 7-glycoside, alpha-alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, and serine. Other saponins include Bacoside A1, A3 bacoside, A- F.
Properties – Cognitive, anxiolytic, brain tonic, sustains memory and intellectual functions, anticonvulsant, anti-stress, antioxidant, supports nail and hair growth.
Recommendation – Problems related with memory, Alzheimer, oxidative stress, anxiety, depression, speech difficulties, nocturnal enuresis, menopause, stress.