The herb is made from the leaves and stems of the plant Bacopa monnieri, also known as Brahmi or Indian pennywort. It has been used for centuries to improve brain function and memory. Studies on humans are mixed, but some have been positive. The herb is often recommended as an alternative treatment for ADHD today.
A 2013 study found that adults taking brahmi showed improvements in their ability to retain new information. Another study also found benefits. Participants taking a brahmi extract showed significantly improved performance in their memory and brain function.
Brahmi extract may be taken in combination with other herbal extracts of benefit for memory and learning, such as Gingko biloba, Rosemary, Gotu kola, Pine bark, Green oats, and American ginseng.