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Bacopa monnieri – standardized to 25% saponins

Bacopa monnieri, also known as Waterhyssop and Brahmi, has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years. The plant of universal consciousness, it is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind, a memory enhancer, and a meditation support that can increase clarity of thought.

Bacopa monnieri also has therapeutic uses in traditional medicine as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, and antiepileptic agent. In addition, it is used to address backache, mental illness, joint pain, and hoarseness. Other traditional uses are as a cardiac tonic and as an aid with bronchitis, respiratory allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastric ulcers.


Ayurvedic and other traditional medicine systems suggest Bacopa monnieri may support:

  • Memory enhancement
  • Healthy immune response
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Healthy mood
  • Healthy brain function
  • Intestinal health
  • Healthy nervous system
  • Analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  • Healthy hippocampus

Serving Suggestion

Serving suggestion: Add 1/2 teaspoon of extract to 1/2 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil or ghee and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite nut butter. Mix thoroughly. Take 2 servings a day.

Additional Information

Traditional Uses >

The information herein is intended for educational purposes only. This information should not substitute for seeking responsible, professional medical care. The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency. Not intended to be used for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or curing of any medical condition. Consult with your healthcare provider before using any herbal supplement.

Bacopa monnieri (Waterhyssop, Brahmi) has traditionally been used as a brain tonic to support clarity in thinking, learning, memory development, and concentration in otherwise healthy adults. Some research suggests it may also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

Bacopa monnieri acts as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations. It is used to improve memory and to address anxiety, epileptic disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergic conditions, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also used as a general tonic to fight stress.

Other Names >

Andri, Bacopa, Bacopa Monniera, Bacopa Monnieri, Brahmi, Herb of Grace, Herpestis Herb, Herpestis Monniera, Hysope d’Eau, Indian Pennywort, Jalanimba, Jal-Brahmi, Jalnaveri, Kleines Fettblatt, Moniera Cuneifolia, Nira-Brahmi, Sambrani Chettu, Thyme-Leave Gratiola, Water Hyssop, and Waterhyssop

Phytochemicals >

Alkaloids: brahmine, herpestine, nicotine

Saponins: d-mannitol and hersaponin, acid A, and monnierin, monnierasides I–III

Triterpenoid Saponins: saponins A, B and C and pseudojujubogenin glycoside

Flavonoids: luteolin and apigenin, luteolin-7-glucoside, glucoronil-7-apigenin, and glucoronil-7-luteolin

Sterols: betulic acid, stigmasterol, stigmastanol, beta-sitosterol, cucurbitacins, and plantainoside B

Bacogenins: jujubogenin, bisdesmosides, bacopasaponins A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, pseudojujubogenin glycosides, bacopasides I, II, IV, V

Possible Side Effects >

Possible side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. If pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using any herbal supplement.