Bacopa monnieri, the Baby's tears
BACOPA MONNIERI, A NATURAL COGNITIVE ENHANCER
Bacopa monnieri, a.k.a. Bakopa a creeping herb commonly known as Baby's tears  and Centella asiatica that grows in wetlands and muddy shores, has been popularly used in aquariums . In spite this herb grows mainly in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, it has also been found in Florida, Hawai and other southern states of the USA .
In spite some of the active constituents found in this herb are known to be powerful anti-cancer compounds, as apigenin, Bacopa monnieri has traditionally been known to be able to enhance cognitive performance and be effective against cognitive impairment , some of them providing evidence suggesting that Bacopa monnieri improves memory free recall with evidence for enhancement in other cognitive abilities .
Some studies even suggest that it may be a potential source of active constituents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease . Image: Bacopa monnieri by Robert Lafond under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Common name: Baby's tears, Centella asiatica, Waterhyssop, Brahmi, Thyme-leafed gratiola, Water hyssop
BACOPA MONNIERI ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS
Some of the active constituents found in this herb include:
- 1. Alkaloids (brahmine and herpestine),
- 2. Saponins (d-mannitol and hersaponin, acid A, and monnierin) and
- 3. Flavonoids (luteolin and apigenin) .
Pure apigenin is a flavonoid used primarily in research as a protein kinase inhibitor that may suppress tumour promotion and that has anti-proliferating effects. Scientific evidence was found about the benefits of apigenin on the suppression of cancer cells.
In a study carried out by the UC Riverside biochemists published in the on-line edition of the National Academy of Sciences , Xuan Liu, professor of biochemistry, and Xin Cai, a post-doctoral researcher, found that apigenin is able to find the protein p53, a well-known tumour suppressor that acts as an anti-cancerous agent by stopping cancer cells growth and killing them. Image right: Bacopa monnieri by Alex Popovkin under Creative Commons license (CC BY 2.0).
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