Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Herbs that improve memory

Ayurveda recommends specific herbs to improve memory. Some of the main herbs are:

Bacopa / Brahmi contains two main active ingredients, Bacosides A and B. which have been found to increase protein kinase activity and new protein synthesis, specifically in brain cells connected with long term memory. Bacopa increases intellectual and cognitive function and also induces a sense of relaxation.

Gotu Kola / Mandukaparni has been shown in studies both in India and the USA to have remarkable effects in improving brain functions. In a double blind, placebo controlled test, Gotu kola tablets were administered to mentally defficient children for a period of 3 months. A Binet-Kamat test was administered and the children's Intelligence Quotients were recorded. It was shown that the children taking gotu kola had increased their powers of concentration and attention.

Winter Cherry / Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogenic that helps the mind and body adapt better to stress. Ashwagandha has anti-anxiety and anti-depression effects. Extracts of ashwagandha have shown GABA-like activity and stimulates the growth of axons and dendrites.

Mentat is a formulation of the above herbs as well as 27 additional herbs and minerals. Mentat is formulated according to ayurvedic principles and is designed to improve memory and concentration, boost brain functions and learning ability. It helps to calm and relieve mental stress and promotes relaxation. It improves attention span and is very useful in ADD and ADHD. It can be taken by young and old alike and as a daily brain tonic.Mentat to improve memory
Bacopa capsulesGotu kola capsules

1 comment:

  1. Hello there! I'm growing a couple of Gotu Kola plants in my backyard.

    I'm still propagating them although I am planning to throw some leaves into a salad because I've read of the benefits of eating the plant (like increasing IQ).

    Do you have personal experiences related to eating Gotu Kola? And how does it taste? I heard that it tastes awful. Is that true? I would like to hear a couple of opinions before I eat it in a salad or drink it as tea.