We looked into Standard Process MediHerb Bacopa Complex to discover the benefits of each ingredient and how well the combination lives up to the manufacturer’s claims.
Bacopa supports mental performance and improves concentration. Schisandra has been used traditionally for nervous tension. Eleuthero root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to calm nerves and help with mental and emotional stress. Rosemary essential oil is excellent for anxiety, mental issues and also indigestion – which is one of the potential major side effects of Bacopa and Schisandra.
Digestion problems have been reported, and they include an increase in bowel movement frequency, upset stomach and loss of appetite. Other potential side effects have been identified as lower blood pressure and skin rashes.
MediHerb Bacopa Complex is available in 40 tablet bottles which cost $26.50 each from Standard Process Inc., who say they only make them available through qualified practitioners – and only after a consultation which, we have to assume, needs paying for.
We love the idea of a supplement that can help us physically, mentally and emotionally all at the same time. But we certainly have a problem with such a potential for side effects that can make our life a misery.
We’re also not thrilled by the fact that we’re told it takes twelve weeks of taking Bacopa Complex before we get the maximum benefit from it.
And we’re not at all happy about having to find a Standard Process approved medical practitioners and pay for a consultation with them – purely for the chance of being able to purchase a bottle of Bacopa Complex tablets.
So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to give Standard Process MediHerb Bacopa Complex the thumbs down.
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Bacopa Complex is a long-term tablet course which takes users twelve weeks before they gain its maximum benefit, which – whether taken to combat the effects of physical, mental or emotional stress – can help with all three types at the same time.
The complex is made up of four main ingredients, three of which (Bacopa, Schisandra and Eleuthero) have been used traditionally in such locations as China and India for centuries, while the fourth ingredient – Rosemary essential oil – has long been a favourite here in the Western world.
Standard Process recommends one Bacopa Complex tablet at a time, 3–4 times daily, or as your local Standard Process approved healthcare practitioners – who’ll provide the tablets – directs.
It’s for adults only and shouldn’t be used if you’re breastfeeding, pregnant or hope to get pregnant in the near future.
Standard Process claims its MediHerb Bacopa Complex tablets:
According to the few customer reviews we’ve found online, yes, Bacopa Complex tablets do work – but often at a cost. And that cost is physical discomfort – mainly in the digestion department. Many of those reviewers had left their not-too-positive feedback after using the tablets for less than a single month.
This makes us wonder whether they actually stuck with the course for the whole twelve weeks at which point, according to Standard Process, the tablets would start delivering their optimum benefit. Our guess is that many of them didn’t.
Each tablet contains:
Yes – apparently very much so.
Let’s take the ingredients that make up Bacopa Complex one at a time:
Schisandra: For a start, Standard Process is very clear that you shouldn’t take their Bacopa Complex if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Schisandra is known to reduce appetite, upset your stomach and even cause hives.
Bacopa: This is known to be a potential ‘gastrointestinal irritant’. Common side effects include increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, dry mouth, and fatigue.
Eleuthero: Again, you shouldn’t go anywhere near this if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It can also cause insomnia, palpitations, increased heartbeat and hypertension.
Rosemary: And once again, you should avoid Rosemary in essential oil form if you’re breastfeeding, pregnant … or even hoping to get pregnant any time soon. There’s also the chance of fever and even epilepsy.
It’s definitely not for you if you’re pregnant or nursing, and you should stop taking it at once if you’re suffering from fever or an acute infection.
Yes, there are five-star reviews on Amazon for MediHerb Bacopa Complex – in fact every single review there gives it the full five stars. That’s reassuring, until you realise there are only three reviews in total, from 2013, 2014 and 2016.
There’s another review giving Bacopa Complex five stars. It’s on brainopinions.com, it dates back to 2011 … and it’s the only one there.
On WebMD, though, there are significantly more customer reviews for MediHerb Bacopa Complex, but all with significantly fewer stars, like this one with a single-star satisfaction rating:
Bacopa is in this supplement I take called remember by Enzymatic Therapy Inc. I have bad stomach cramps and will never take again. I believe that the bacopa caused it. I took the supplement twice, after eating. The first time I had mild cramps but second time I had horrible cramps and stomach pain. Beware of bacopa and they remember supplements.
And how about these two:
I have been taking this product for only a few weeks and noticed more mental clarity. However, I’ve put on a few pounds and I’m wondering if this product is to blame. Has anyone noticed weight gain after using this product?
Only used it once. Be careful because it can lower blood pressure drastically. … Got home, checked blood pressure, low like 110/65. Must have been lower at gym. Took about 2 hours to return to 120/80.
It’s a great question to ask, but it’s a really difficult one to answer: so much depends on where you’re going to buy it from. The Standard Process Inc. website tells us we’ve got to speak to our local Standard Process approved health care professionals for any of their products.
On the bright side, there’s a fill-in-your-zip-code form on their website so you can find a local healthcare professional who’ll provide you with a consultation, a recommendation and the appropriate Standard Process and MediHerb supplement.
As the Standard Process website says:
Our founder Royal Lee believed that each individual’s unique nutritional requirements are best evaluated through a consultation with a health care professional. Therefore, our products are available only through consultations with qualified practitioners.
But then again, MediHerb Bacopa Complex is definitely available on Amazon. You can get 40 tablets for $74.95, but at least shipping is free.
On the other hand, there’s always ebay.com – there you could purchase a 40-tablet bottle of MediHerb Bacopa Complex for $64.90, but for shipping options you needed to contact the seller.