A few days ago I wrote about a herb that I had been trying for stomach inflammation issues. I want to be able to put an end to all palpitations, regardless of their origin. I can honestly say that tripping into this herb has been a godsend. It is changing my life in ways I never expected.
As a computer geeks who spends far too much time sitting at the computer, I carry too much weight, and that weight surely must affect my overall health.
So what I have noticed since I started taking Bacopa is that I just feel great, and I feel like doing more stuff! Example, last night I got home from work at 6 pm. Normally I’d go for a quick nap then have dinner and work on my websites for the rest of the evening. But last night I got home and grabbed my golf clubs, then went out and walked 18 holes of golf! That is a ton of exercise that I otherwise would not have gotten!
In addition, I notice that I am just not as hungry as I normally am. So, I’m eating less and getting about 80% more exercise. That has to be good for me. I’m down two belt notches in the past week. I’ve googled “bacopa and appetite” for have not yet found any indication for Bacopa to be a diet pill. Perhaps I should write to Dr. Oz about this? Regardless, I feel so good that I am going to continue with this trial for another month or two and see where it takes me.
Oh yes… and PALPITATIONS? They are the furthest thing from my mind while taking this supplement.
I am always looking for new holistic methods to fight inflammation and aging. This we, I discovered one of the hottest new beauty trends from Bollywood? The discovery includes centuries-old herbal ingredients borrowed from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian method of holistic healing. The Ayurvedic herb of my focus right now is one that’s finding its way into skin and hair care products all over the world. It is called “bacopa monnieri.”
This delicate creeping flower is probably better known for its brain benefits, but bacopa’s potent antioxidant properties have also caught the attention of cosmetic manufacturers for its potential as a skin-saving free radical fighter. Some are even adding bacopa to hair and body treatments, making it a pampering bioactive that can boost beauty from head to toe. While this is interesting, it is not why I’m looking at it.
Bacopa is also known as water hyssop or brahmi, grows wild throughout India, where it has been used since at least the sixth century AD as a tonic for the nervous system and heart. This is the part that caught my attention. Packed with phytosterols and flavonoids, bacopa’s real claim to fame is bacopasides – the saponins thought to repair damaged neurons in the brain.
Lab research has shown that bacopa protects against DNA damage in human fibroblasts – cells that form connective tissue. More recently, lab studies suggest that bacopa also encourages apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells. If future studies support these findings, cosmetic manufacturers may look to bacopa as protection against skin damage, premature wrinkles, and age spots. We will, of course, monitor this closely.
But skin isn’t the only place you will find bacopa’s beauty benefits. Women throughout India have long used bacopa for luxuriously long, shiny hair. Known as brahmi oil, bacopa is infused into either sesame or coconut oil. This light moisturizing oil is applied to the roots of hair and gently massaged into the scalp to stimulate and revitalize it. Brahmi oil is also wonderful in a warm bath or used during massage, especially if you have dry, damaged skin.
No one is quite sure how bacopa influences neurological chemistry – and research is still in the early stages â but studies show a clear link between bacopa and the brain.
One recent double-blind trial of 68 healthy participants found that those taking 150 mg of bacopa twice daily for 90 days experienced a significant improvement in their working memory compared to those taking a placebo. In the past week, I have personally spoken with several university students who claim to have used bacopa to give them the mental edge they needed for exams. While this is only anecdotal evidence, I will be looking for some clinical trials to back this up.
Other studies discovered that bacopa reduced anxiety while helping the mind learn quickly and retain information. And because of bacopa’s protective effect on neurons, some researchers believe it may help prevent and treat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Once again, this is something that bears watching as more research is conducted.
For heart palpitations, however, a less well-known benefit is bacopa’s effect upon gastrointestinal issues – especially for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A clinical trial of 169 patients with IBS compared the effects of an Ayurvedic preparation containing bacopa to standard drug therapy.
At the end of the trial, those participants with IBS characterized by constipation did better on the drugs. But the subjects suffering from IBS with diarrhea got more relief from the ayurvedic therapy – probably because of bacopa’s ability to ease spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.
My own research already shows me that a spasming GI tract is a big issue for us here on the palpitations site. Quite often, these spasm are so aggressive that they are mistaken for heart palpitations. When this happens, we often go into a full blown anxiety attack. Of course, this only worsens the problem.
If you want the benefits of bacopa, think both inside and out. Studies show that taking 200 to 400 mg of a bacopa supplement to boost cognition and memory while potentially protecting your brain from age-related dementia. I buy most of my stuff rom Amazon.com. They are simply the best retailer on the planet. my stuff arrives in two days and is always top quality. Amazon will not deal with disreputable companies.
I am currently taking 250 mg per day – an hour before a meal – to measure the effects upon my GI tract.
In the coming weeks, I will report back on any benefits that I experience from this trial.
Bacopa (Bacopa monniera) – 60 Vcaps – Mental Alertness – Bacopa is included in the Brahmi category of Ayurvedic herbs, which are those that support the normal function of the mind, intellect, consciousness and good spirit. Bacopa assists in supporting mental acuity and the physiological processes involved in relaxation. (These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease).
Still family owned, Himalaya Herbal Healthcare has been in existence for 77 years and is now available in 76 countries. With an 80,000 sq. ft. R&D facility and more than 100 physicians and scientists on staff, over 20 billion tablets and Vcaps are produced each year in GMP facilities. One Himalaya product is bought every quarter of a second somewhere in the world. Herbs are grown on over 700 acres of organic farmland and 1,112 clinical trials have been published on Himalaya products.
One of the “staple” supplements that I use is spirulina. I’ve had a lot of feedback on this stuff and it just keeps on producing outstanding results. One friend wrote to me to tell me about his wife’s “diabetic gastroparesis”. She had palpitations, among other things, and after starting with spirulina, she completely turned her life around. No longer in pain, she could once again enjoy the good things in life.
Spirulina grown in environmentally controlled cement ponds specially constructed for this purpose. Spirulina may be considered a dietary super food useful in nutrient boosting diets such as the programs competitive athletes use to enhance performance.
A wonderful aspect about spirulina is that it is about 70% protein when beef is only about 22% protein. Spirulina contains the following: vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin K, biotin, pantothenic acid, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), and inositol.
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