Other Benefits of Bacopa
Having been a cornerstone treatment in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 70 centuries, bacopa could quite possibly been used to treat just about every ailment out there. Our theory is that the herb primarily helps improve brain health which in turn helps improve every other system in your body.
Specifically though, bacopa has been studied to help with:
Bacopa and Liver Health
Bacopa and Neonatal Hypoglycemia
Bacopa Helps with Opioid Dependence
Bacopa Encourages Normal Blood Pressure
Bacopa as a Strong Antioxidant
Epilepsy and Bacopa
Bacopa as a Treatement for Bronchitis and Asthma
Side Effects and Adverse Reactions To Bacopa Monnieri
We have seen that bacopa is a very powerful plant used for thousands and thousands of years. Because of the diverse use of this plant across ages, races, and health situations there is a good body of knowledge around side effects and adverse reactions to bacopa.
As with any herbal and medical treatment, we strongly encourage you to consult with your physician before taking any supplements! Every human is different and has a unique biology which will react differently to any ingestion of chemicals (both naturally occurring and man-made).
That being said, the worst side effects reported from taking bacopa seem to be around upsetting your intestinal tract. Increased bowel movements, a bit of nausea, cramping, or bloating may occur. And the simplest way to avoid these side-effects would be to ingest the herb with food (always a good idea with most supplements).
We have also seen reports that the beneficial effects of reducing anxiety can also be exaggerated and be overly sedative.
If you experience any of these side effects they tend to go away almost immediately with discontinued use of bacopa.
There is one study we could find on adult male mice which looked at the effects of Brahmi on fertility. The study found that the treatment on mice resulted in a reversible suppression of spermatogenesis without any apparent toxic effects.
The only other negative we could find about bacopa monnieri is that studies indicate that it is not immediately effective. Studies set expectations for the herb at least 4-6 weeks with even better results seen after 8-12 weeks. If you are looking for a stimulant type effect, bacopa is not the supplement you are looking for.