The fact that herbs can improve brain function is not limited simply to conventional wisdom but has actually been proven by scientific studies. While it has not been determined exactly how they function, most of the herbs that help boost brain power do so by stimulating the brain's neurotransmitters.
The following are some ayurvedic herbs well known to improve mental abilities.
1. Bacopa monnieri / Brahmi - In India Bacopa is generally given to children during exam time since it helps improve memory and focus. Bacosides A and B are two chemicals found in bacopa which improve the transmission of impulses between the brain nerve cells. They were also found to increase protein kinase activity and new protein synthesis, specifically in cells in region of the brain associated with long-term memory. Bacopa also increases serotonin levels which promotes relaxation. Bacopa's ability to improve mental abilities while reducing anxiety makes it ideal for ADHD and ADD cases. Bacopa is also useful for people who work in stressful conditions as it helps to keep a clear mind while keeping it relaxed.
2. Ashvagandha - This is another well known herb that helps to relax and reduce mental stress. It helps to calm the mind and promote restful sleep that helps the brain function better. Ashvagandha is an adaptogen that improves the brain's ability to maintain its equilibrium and resist stress. Research has shown that Ashwagandha helps to regenerate components of the brain's nerve cells.
3. Mentat - Mentat is a herbal ayurvedic formulation that comprises of over 25 herbs and minerals. It has herbs such as Bacopa, Ashwagandha, Mandukaparni, Jatamansi, Tagara, Amalaki, Arjuna and more. These herbs and mineral have been blended in a formulation to provide benefits of improving mental abilities, memory functions, articulation, relaxing the brain and reducing stress. In fact mentat has even been found useful in early cases of Alzheimers and Parkinson's disease. Mentat is also very good for focussing and meditation.
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