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12 Amazing Health Benefits of Brahmi!

Brahmi leaves and powder
Written by Dr Prachi Garg
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Brahmi or Bacopa monnieri is a medicinal herb used in India by Ayurvedic practitioners. It has soft stems which bear bright green oval leaves and small white flowers. It grows in damp areas and marshy lands.

Health Benefits of Brahmi:

  • Powerful Antioxidant:

Brahmi leaves contain proteins which are good antioxidants. [1]

Antioxidants protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, known as oxidative stress. [2] Oxidative stress has been linked to diseases of heart, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, other inflammatory conditions etc.

Thus, brahmi protects us from a variety of diseases of different organ systems.

  • Reduces Anxiety & Stress:

Too much anxiety, fear and stress for a prolonged time can drastically affect our physical and mental health. It can lead to several anxiety disorders like panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder etc.

Brahmi is used as a nerve tonic by Ayurvedic practitioners since long. Consumption of Brahmi syrup was found to be effective in reducing the level of anxiety and associated symptoms. [3]

Brahmi is also found to significantly reduce stress levels. [4]

Read More: 7 Different Relaxation Techniques That Help Fight Stress

  • Memory Booster:

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease associated with loss of memory.

Brahmi was found to be neuro-protective and effective in Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases with cognitive impairment. [5]

Brahmi improves our brain functioning and enhances both short-term and long-term memory. [6]

  • Treatment of Insomnia:

Sleep is extremely essential for physical and mental relaxation and rejuvenates us. The fast-paced life, stress, unhealthy eating and sleeping habits disturb our sleep pattern, leading to insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Consumption of Brahmi calms us. It effectively reduces stress and anxiety. Brahmi at bedtime induces sleep and is helpful in insomnia. [7]

  • Reduces Blood Pressure:

Stress and unhealthy eating habits lead to a rise in cases of high blood pressure or hypertension. Such patients are further susceptible to heart diseases, stroke, congestive heart failure etc.

Brahmi is found to reduce blood pressure. [8]

Read More: 7 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure

  • Good for our Hair:

Brahmi is a usual constituent of hair oil as it nourishes the hair roots, strengthens the hair and prevents dandruff. [9]

Read More: 5 Home Remedies for Dandruff

  • Helps in the Treatment of Diabetes:

Brahmi was found to be effective in the management of diabetes mellitus. [10]

Read More: 8 Effective Herbs That Help Lower Blood Sugar

  • Anti-epileptic:

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain with learning, cognitive and memory impairments.

Brahmi is neuro-protective and effectively enhances mental performance, concentration, alertness and memory. [11]

  • Wound Healing:

Bacosides present in Brahmi accelerate wound healing. [12]

  • Intelligence Booster:

Brahmi is a wonder herb known to enhance intelligence. [13]

It increases alertness and concentration. It also improves memory.

  • Analgesic & Antipyretic:

Consumption of Brahmi brings down temperature, thus reducing fever and also gives relief from pain. [14]

  • Useful for Asthmatics:

Brahmi possesses relaxant properties.

It is known to cause bronchodilation, thus helping patients with asthma to breathe better. [15]

Some People May Experience Side Effects Like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps

Some Common Names of Brahmi are :

  • Bacopa
  • Bacopa monniera
  • Herb of Grace
  • Herpestis monniera
  • Indian Pennywort
  • Jalanimba
  • Jalnaveri
  • Nira-Brahmi
  • Thyme-Leave Gratiola
  • WaterHyssop

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About the author

Dr Prachi Garg

A Gold Medallist Physiotherapist from the Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences (MUHS), and also a qualified Dietician who later
went on to establish the “Mera Health Genie Wellness, India” in 2009
with a vision to offer the best remedies possible through the medium
of alternative medicines.
Effectively used Physiotherapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, and
Acupressure to help numerous people recover from an injury or
manage a long term problem, achieving fitness goals, managing
weight and well being.

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