What if a cup of tea can make you smarter? Sounds ridiculous, but with brahmi tea, it’s not impossible! Brahmi, or Bacopa monnieri, is a highly valued plant in ayurveda. It’s named after Lord Brahma, the creator of ayurveda.
Brahmi is also known as the “Herb of Grace” or water hyssop.1 When consumed as a tea, this herb is both delicious and rejuvenating. Here are 7 ways it can help boost health.
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1. Improves Brain Function
Brahmi made its claim to fame with its effect on brain function. It strengthens neurons while enhancing the communication between them.
The best part is that this happens in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning, feelings, and memories. All of these areas will flourish as the hippocampus improves and consequently, the cognitive speed gets better.2
2. Enhances Memory
Since brahmi makes the hippocampus stronger, you can reap the benefits of a better memory with this tea. Long-term, short-term, and spatial memory will get a boost.3
Drinking brahmi tea will also reduce the cell density of neurons. This reduces the decline in learning and memory, keeping your mental health in check.4
3. Relieves Depression
Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders. If you’re dealing with this condition, consider brahmi tea. The tea exhibits antidepressant effects, making it a possible alternative to prescription drugs.5
4. Lowers Stress Levels
Feeling anxious? Brew a cup of brahmi tea. Aside from improving cognitive function, it will also help you relax. A study in Phytotherapy Research found that brahmi can reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. The participants also experienced a significant improvement in their mood. Both these benefits can kick stress to the curb.6
5. Prevents Brain Damage
From stress relief to neuron production, brahmi tea protects your brain. Your risk for neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, will decrease.7 It can even make age-related cognitive decline take a backseat.8
Of course, you can’t just depend on brahmi herb tea. It can serve as a complement to regular exercise, healthy eating, and mental activities.9
6. Boosts Immune System
When it comes to immunity, echinacea usually steals the spotlight. However, according to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, brahmi has greater benefits.
Compared to echinacea, brahmi does a better job at promoting antibody production. It does this by positively controlling T helper cells, which are crucial for a healthy immune system.10 This means your body will get an extra dose of protection.
7. Protects Heart Health
Drinking brahmi tea will relax your arteries and heart muscles. In fact, the overall health of your blood vessels will improve. It may even reduce damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.11
Here’s a recipe to help you reap the benefits of this powerful drink.
Tulsi Brahmi Tea Recipe
Yields: 2 cups
Time: 10 minutes
- ½ teaspoon dried organic tulsi leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried organic brahmi leaves
- 2 cups water
- In a saucepan, boil 2 cups of water.
- Add the tulsi and brahmi leaves.
- Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- For more flavor, add honey or lemon and mix well.
- Strain and serve.
Brahmi pairs really well with tulsi (holy basil), which is known for its energizing yet calming effect. Together, these herbs will help you take on the day!
|↑1, ↑8||Stough, Con, Hemant Singh, and Andrea Zangara. “Mechanisms, efficacy, and safety of Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) for cognitive and brain enhancement.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 (2015).|
|↑2||McPhee, Grace M., Luke A. Downey, Anthony Noble, and Con Stough. “Cognitive training and Bacopa monnieri: Evidence for a combined intervention to alleviate age associated cognitive decline.” Medical Hypotheses 95 (2016): 71-76.|
|↑3||Phelps, Elizabeth A. “Human emotion and memory: interactions of the amygdala and hippocampal complex.” Current opinion in neurobiology 14, no. 2 (2004): 198-202.|
|↑4||Wetchateng, Thanitsara, and Pritsana Piyabhan. “Cognitive enhancement effects of Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) on novel object recognition and neuronal density in the prefrontal cortex, striatum and hippocampus in sub-chronic phencyclidine administration rat model of schizophrenia.” Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand= Chotmaihet thangphaet 98 (2015): S56-63.|
|↑5||Kadali, SLDV Ramana Murty, M. C. Das, and A. S. R. Srinivasa Rao. “Antidepressant activity of brahmi in albino mice.” Journal of clinical and diagnostic research: JCDR 8, no. 3 (2014): 35.|
|↑6||Benson, Sarah, Luke A. Downey, Con Stough, Mark Wetherell, Andrea Zangara, and Andrew Scholey. “An Acute, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Cross‐over Study of 320 mg and 640 mg Doses of Bacopa monnieri (CDRI 08) on Multitasking Stress Reactivity and Mood.” Phytotherapy Research 28, no. 4 (2014): 551-559.|
|↑7||Uabundit, Nongnut, Jintanaporn Wattanathorn, Supaporn Mucimapura, and Kornkanok Ingkaninan. “Cognitive enhancement and neuroprotective effects of Bacopa monnieri in Alzheimer’s disease model.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 127, no. 1 (2010): 26-31.|
|↑9||Prevention and Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Alzheimer’s Association.|
|↑10||Yamada, Koji, Pham Hung, Tae Kyu Park, Pyo Jam Park, and Beong Ou Lim. “A comparison of the immunostimulatory effects of the medicinal herbs Echinacea, Ashwagandha and Brahmi.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 137, no. 1 (2011): 231-235.|
|↑11||Srimachai, Sirintorn, Sylvie Devaux, Celine Demougeot, Sarawut Kumphune, Nina D. Ullrich, Ernst Niggli, Kornkanok Ingkaninan et al. “Bacopa monnieri extract increases rat coronary flow and protects against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine 17, no. 1 (2017): 117.|