Your Brain On Brahmi

By Nora Simmons

Ayurveda has long advocated the use of Bacopa monnieri—known as Brahmi in Hindi and water hyssop in the West—to improve memory and boost cognitive performance. And a recent study from the National College of Natural Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, both in Portland, supports that claim. A relatively modest dose of 300 mg daily for 12 weeks improved information recall and had the added benefit of reducing depression and anxiety.