Are you one of the 80% of Fibromyalgia patients that suffers from cognitive difficulties, otherwise known as “brain fog” or “fibro fog”? As if the pain, fatigue, depression and <insert any number of your other symptoms here> weren’t enough, right? Now toss in the frustrating and sometimes humiliating symptoms of fibro fog. On paper fibro fog is described as a lack of mental clarity and an inability to focus, pay attention or recall information. In reality it is that and more. Patients we’ve spoken with describe varying degrees of the condition, from difficulty speaking to complete unawareness of what is going on around them – as if a dense fog has settled on their brain – hence the name fibro fog.
So what can you do to clear the fog? There are a number of things you can do to help improve your cognitive functions, including mind exercises and dietary changes (all of which we’ll share with you in future posts). Today we’ll focus on an all natural herb that has proven itself as a cognitive enhancer: Bacopa Monnieri.
Bacopa Monnieri is an herb native to wetlands of southern India, Australia, Europe, Asia, and North and South America. According to a study conducted by Wollongong University in Australia, bacopa monnieri was shown to have a significant positive affect on patients’ ability to retain new information. These results are backed by years of use of bacopa to improve memory as well as mental focus and alertness.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, one reason bacopa is so beneficial for the brain is because it contains phytonutrients known as bacosides. Bacosides enhance nerve impulse transition by repairing damaged nerve cells, thus improving your cognitive functions.
Bacosides also contain other beneficial compounds such as saponin, alkaloids and sterols. Each of these compounds has various benefits, including the lowering of cholesterol, reducing the risk of certain types of cancers, stress reduction, heightened awareness and mood enhancement. So not only can bacopa monnieri improve mental clarity, it can improve your mood!
With so many benefits, bacopa monnieri would be a wise choice for anyone to consider. For those with Fibromyalgia, it is all the more important given the fibro fog so common among sufferers. Bacopa Monnieri is one of the ingredients in our Fibrolief Support Formula. Combined with the other mental clarity promoting ingredient in our formula (SAM-E), our support formula can help get you your mental edge back – all while fighting your other fibromyalgia symptoms.