The “small fat leaf” (Bacopa monnieri), also called “navelwort”, is a creeping plant with strongly fragrant white and light blue flowers. It is originally native to South Asia, especiallya in India, Vietnam and Nepal. It grows up to altitudes of around 1400 m BC.a in swampy areas. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 3,000 years and is referred to as a “remedy for the mind”. It is also called “Brahmi” after the Indian god Brahma. It is used in Ayurveda as an anti-stress and brain tonic medicinal plant. In Hinduism, infants were traditionally anointed with it to “open the gate to intelligence.” It belongs to the same plant family as ginkgo and is considered an excellent nerve tonic.
From an alternative medicine perspective, Brahmi is also an adaptogenic plant. Adaptogenic plants have aroused particular scientific interest in recent years because of their ability to adapt to environmental factors. DH They take away what there is too much of and fill up what is lacking. DH The idea behind using these plants is that they could also contribute to this self-regulation in the human organism.
Benefits and mode of action
In Ayurveda, Brahmi is used to calm the Vata and Kapha doshas. It is classified as “rasayana”; These are plants that, according to Ayurvedic understanding, rejuvenate intellect and memory.
Mainly responsible for the properties attributed to the small fat leaf are the saponins (v.a Bacoside A and Bacoside B). Saponins protect plants from fungal attack. Due to their complex structure, saponins can trigger very different pharmacological effects that are not yet fully understood. Ua cholesterol-lowering, antibiotic, blood pressure-increasing and immunomodulating effects are known. (Source: https://flexikon.doccheck.com/de/Saponin)
A study by the School of Health and Human Sciences in New South Wales/Australia with 136 older test subjects who suffered from memory problems and who took Brahmi showed an improvement after a twelve-week test phase: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20590480/
A study by the Neuropsychology Laboratory at the University of Victoria/Australia found in a double-blind study that after taking Brahmi for twelve weeks there was a significant improvement in comprehension and learning ability as well as memory (short - and long-term memory): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11498727/
A study by the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland also examined the effects of Brahmi on older people - with the result that the cognitive performance of the test subjects improved: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18611150/
A study from 1998 focuses on Brahmi as an anxiolytic, i.e.H as a means of reducing pathological or excessive fears and was able to prove its effectiveness in animal experiments: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23195757/
The following study from 2014 demonstrated that a standardized Bacopa monnieri extract effectively alleviates the symptoms of ADHD in children and is also well tolerated by the children: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24682000/
A 2018 study found that in vitro, i.e.H in the reaction tube, the bacosides contained in Brahmi were able to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30037060/
In an in vitro study published in 2013, Brahmi extract was able to inhibit the growth of tumor cells: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22467255/
This study from 2012 examines the effect of Brahmi on Colchicine-induced dementia uses animal experiments; the results suggest the therapeutic potential of Brahmi in the treatment of Alzheimer's-induced cognitive decline: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22700087/
A good overview of clinical studies on Bacopa monnieri can also be found here.
How do you find your optimal product?
Brahmi is a high quality product that can be made completely vegan. If this is important to you, look for a “vegan” seal when making your choice. You are best off with authentic raw material from India and yet a high standard of quality and purity. You can find this information on the packaging below the eco-seal (where does the raw material come from) and of course through the organic seal.
Legal consumer information
German and European case law wants to protect consumers from supposedly misleading claims about effectiveness. The statements made here refer to the original Ayurvedic and TCM texts. This ancient knowledge, which is thousands of years old, is based on experiences that are passed on from generation to generation. It is not intended to claim that the products described here have an effect in the sense of western medicine. All products are nutritional supplements; they are not medications and have no medical effect. If you are sick and need medical care, please contact your doctor or pharmacist