Bacopa monnieri is an herb commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its cognitive enhancing and memory-boosting effects. The active compounds in bacopa are called bacosides, which have been shown to have neuroprotective and cognitive-enhancing properties. 

When it comes to selecting a bacopa supplement, it is important to consider the concentration of bacosides in the extract. Research has shown that a bacopa extract standardized to 40% bacosides is the most effective supplement for improving cognitive function.

Bacopa 40% optimized purity

  • A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that taking a bacopa extract standardized to 40% bacosides for 12 weeks improved cognitive function and memory in healthy elderly participants compared to placebo (Stough et al., 2008).
  • Another study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that a bacopa extract standardized to 40% bacosides improved memory retention and recall in healthy adults after 12 weeks of supplementation (Roodenrys et al., 2002).

Overall, these studies suggest that a bacopa extract standardized to 40% bacosides is the most effective supplement for improving cognitive function and memory. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.

References:

  1. Stough, C., Downey, L. A., Lloyd, J., Silber, B., Redman, S., Hutchison, C., ... & Nathan, P. J. (2008). Examining the nootropic effects of a special extract of Bacopa monniera on human cognitive functioning: 90 day double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(6), 715-721.
  2. Roodenrys, S., Booth, D., Bulzomi, S., Phipps, A., Micallef, C., & Smoker, J. (2002). Chronic effects of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) on human memory. Neuropsychopharmacology, 27(2), 279-281.