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Updated 25 July 2023
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Bacopa Monnieri

In pursuit of enhancing brain function, many individuals turn to nootropics, substances used to improve cognitive abilities. Among natural supplements, Bacopa Monnieri stands out as one of the most well-studied and effective options.

Bacopa is a creeping herb found in wetlands across the globe. Sometimes, it's called "Brahmi," "Water Hyssop," "Herb of Grace," or "Indian Pennywort." And it has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for millennia.

In this article, we'll delve into the world of Bacopa, exploring its potential for memory enhancement and benefits to cognitive health. From scientific research to recommended dosages, we'll provide you with all the information you need to harness Bacopa's power for a sharper mind.

The Science of Bacopa

Numerous studies have investigated the memory-enhancing effects of Bacopa. They have explored various aspects of memory, such as the ability to recall information, retrieval speed, and retention duration. And the results have been promising. They show that Bacopa may improve memory across these dimensions to varying extents, rarely with any side effects.

There have been at least ten human studies. Participants have included young and healthy older adults. They've also included people with common memory challenges associated with aging. Here are summaries:

Science can be complex. Differences between study participants, environments, and supplement variables may be difficult to control. Reflecting that difficulty, a couple studies of Bacopa Monnieri have not demonstrated nootropic effect:

There are at least a couple possible explanations for these results, in contrast to other studies. The 2013 study may have used a bacoside dosage that was too low. And the 2001 study may have been too short.

In summary, research indicates that daily supplementation with 120 mg of bacoside for at least two to three months consistently showed positive effects on memory. However, lower dosages and similar dosages for shorter periods yielded inconsistent results. High doses for shorter durations were somewhat effective but not more so than the recommended daily intake.

Bacopa Monnieri Daily Supplementation Dosage, Time, and Effect

Sometimes scientists perform studies of studies – or meta-analysis. In doing this, they often combine the results from multiple studies to increase confidence in a general observation. The following meta-analysis confirms the nootropic efficacy of Bacopa Monnieri supplements:

In another meta-analysis, scientists used Cohen’s D to compare Bacopa with a popular nootropic drug. Cohen’s D is a method that measures magnitude of effect on a scale of 0 to 1. A magnitude of 0 is no effect, .2 is small effect, and .8 is large effect.

Theses studies reinforce the nootropic potential of Bacopa Monnieri. They have shown that Bacopa may enhance cognition, particularly the speed of attention. And, in fact, the magnitude of Bacopa's effect on cognitive function appears to be comparable to that of certain pharmaceutical interventions.

Bacopa Supplements

When selecting a Bacopa Monnieri supplement, it's essential to consider the dosage and bacoside content. Look for supplements with a serving size of at least 120 mg of bacoside. For instance, you may choose an extract standardized to 20% bacoside at 600 mg or an extract with at least 50% bacoside at 240 mg.

Ideally, choose a supplement with 320 mg of Bacopa standardized to 55% bacoside. This is among the most common and potent extracts in Bacopa studies. And it has consistently demonstrated nootropic effect.

In the United States, the principal source of 55% bacoside is Synapsa, which is a patented extract. For more than 30 years, scientists have studied the effects of Synapsa on the cognitive performance of healthy adults. At least six human studies have demonstrated that Synapsa may improve visual processing, learning rate, working memory, and information retention.

To maximize the benefits of Bacopa Monnieri, consider complementing it with other natural nootropics that offer additional cognitive advantages. Traditionally, Bacopa has been paired with Gotu Kola. Other well-researched options include Rhodiola Rosea for focus and energy, L Theanine for relaxation without sedation, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids or Zinc for improved mood.


Based on studies referenced above and others, Thrivous developed Clarity Daily Nootropic. It’s a dietary supplement for daily use to enhance memory, focus, and mood.

Each serving of Clarity contains 320 mg of Synapsa, the premium Bacopa Monnieri extract. It is standardized to 55% bacoside. And it provides about 175 mg bacoside per serving.

In addition, Clarity contains a clinical dose of Rhodiola Rosea, to decrease fatigue and to enhance focus and mood. It contains L Theanine to enhance relaxation without sedation. And it also provides nootropic vitamins and minerals to support healthy brain function.

Thrivous supplements pass through rigorous quality control. We test each ingredient multiple times to ensure purity, potency, and safety. And we publish all test results from our suppliers, manufacturing, and third party labs on our website for your review.

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