I wanted to take this opportunity to write about a recent issue I found that highlights a danger of Bacopa Monnieri. Overall, the plant is well studied however, there’s always risk with putting things into your body.
Why do People Take Bacopa Monnieri?
People take Bacopa Monnieri due to it’s effects on memory. The herb is able to improve memory formation. It does this by “increasing the growth of nerve endings”, as stated by examine.com
So What’s So Dangerous?
Bacopa Monnieri inhibits some enzymes in your body and can cause reactions with prescription medication that previously one might not have experienced. Specifically, Bacopa Monnieri alters the following enzymes CYP2C19, CYP2C9, CYP3A4, CYP1A2. Prescription medication which rely on these enzymes for metabolizing the drugs may have unexpected effects.
Prescription medications that rely on those enzymes could cause psychotic episodes, or minor side effects like throwing up. It’s hard to know exactly which drugs rely on those enzymes, as I don’t know that science. Therefore, before taking Bacopa Monnieri, do some research to determine how your drugs may interact with it. Alternatively, ask your Physician.