Bacopa monnieri may improve alertness

Ayurvedic doctors have long used bacopa monnieri for neurological and behavioral problems.

In this analysis, doctors reviewed nine placebo-controlled studies covering 437 participants who took a standardized extract of bacopa monnieri for at least 12 weeks. Overall, compared to placebo, those taking bacopa monnieri had better visual attention, were more mentally flexible, and were able to switch tasks, and scan, search, and process visual information more quickly. On a test of reaction times, the bacopa monnieri groups were able to choose more quickly between multiple options, indicating they were generally more alert and had better speed and control of body movements.

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