Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)

What is Bacopa monnieri?

The white flowering plant, Bacopa monnieri is a traditional Ayurvedic (Indian) medicinal herb which helps to support memory and learning.

The history of Bacopa monnieri use

Bacopa monnieri, also known as bacopa or brahmi, has a very long history of traditional use. It is cited in the religious, social and medical literature of India from as long ago as roughly 1500 BC.

Bacopa monnieri can also be traced back to the time of Athar Ved (C.800 BC), where it was mentioned in the third chapter of Athar Samhita. It was later found in the compilation of teachings of the ancient Persian prophet Zoroaster (the founder of the Zorastrian religion, c. 600 BC).

More recently, the government of India has recognised the benefits of Bacopa monnieri by releasing a postal stamp featuring the herb.

In its many mentions throughout history, Bacopa monnieri has been associated with a variety of health benefits - yet its memory and learning effects have attracted the most attention in recent decades.

The specific extract used by Flordis

Flordis uses a specific Bacopa monnieri extract known as CDRI 08, which is extracted and formulated using a special process. This individual and highly technical process ensures a consistentcy of Bacopa monnieri is used in every batch of Flordis' KeenMind  - meaning each final product will contain the same high-quality clinically proven extract.

The health outcomes of natural medicines can vary considerably depending on how they are produced. As such, Flordis pays very specific attention to the growing, harvesting, and processing of its products to ensure consistent medicine from one batch to the next.

Flordis always uses the same CDRI 08 Bacopa monnieri extract in each pack of KeenMind to ensure the consistency and reliability in every product. This means that when you take KeenMind, you are choosing a reliable natural medicine that will live up to the outcomes demonstrated in the clinical trials.

The specific Bacopa monnieri extract used by Flordis is known as CDRI 08. CDRI 08 is extracted and formulated using a special process. This individual and highly technical process ensures a consistent form and amount of Bacopa monnieri is used in every formulation - meaning each final product will contain the same high quality extract.

Brahmi: from seed to patient

  • The specific species of herb is selected
  • Standardised cultivation and harvesting occurs (helping to ensure a consistent phytochemical profile) - followed by harvesting, drying and processing.
  • A series of strict controls are applied to the manufacturing processes - including everything from solvents and extraction methods through to packaging, storage and transportation of the final product - helping to ensure that every single product is consistent (we refer to this as “batch to batch consistency”)
  • This finished product is produced based on the results taken from clinical trials that demonstrated positive health benefits and tolerability.

How it works

Researchers are still investigating exactly how Bacopa monnieri supports cognition and learning. The herb’s properties are thought to be multiple and complex.1,2,3,4 The available scientific evidence indicates that Bacopa monnieri is an effective and well-tolerated herbal nootropic (a cognitive enhancer).

Also, due to its possible neuroprotective and antioxidant properties, Bacopa monnieri extract CDRI 08 may play a role in helping to both benefit and protect certain cognitive functions. Some research indicates that Bacopa monnieri extract CDRI 08 can have a calming effect - meaning it can potentially be useful at times when your mental performance and mental clarity are compromised by feelings of stress and mild anxiety.5

Key studies on CDRI08

KeenMind contains the specific CDRI 08 extract which has more than 40 years of research supporting its benefits*, conducted by the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in India.

KeenMind was first researched in 1974 and is still the subject of ongoing research.

Most recently, studies have been conducted at at Swinburne University in Australia.5,6 In this research, CDRI 08 was linked with a positive effect on learning, memory and attention - with one double blind, placebo-controlled trial of 46 healthy adults finding that the extract significantly improved speed of visual information processing, learning rate and memory consolidation. The results also revealed that CDRI 08 can be beneficial when you’re feeling stressed or mildly anxious. This study also showed short-term effects on stress and mood by decreasing mild anxiety after taking CDR1 08.

Another trial conducted by the same research team showed that CDRI 08 decreased forgetfulness in 76 healthy mature adults after 90 days of treatment.6

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*CDRI 08 was first researched in 1974 and is still the subject of ongoing research – Singh chapter