Vinpocetine is derived from vincamine, the major alkaloid found in the periwinkle plant. Vinpocetine has been used orally for many years in Europe to enhance memory and mental function by:
- increasing the neuronal firing rate
- Improving blood supply to the brain
- Increasing oxygen and glucose use by the brain
- Improving brain tolerance to low oxygen levels
- Increasing ATP levels in the brain
- Reducing abnormal coagulation of blood
- Raising brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin
No toxic effects have been seen from vinpocetine use at levels far above therapeutic dosages, which are usually in the range of 5-20mg per day.
Vinpocetine can help with the following
Personal testimonies indicate that vinpocetine, acting as a cerebral vasodilator, may be effective in some people for reducing tinnitus. A typical dosage for this purpose is 20 to 40mg per day.
Vinpocetine at 20 to 40mg a day has been helpful for vertigo from various causes.
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A sugar that is the simplest form of carbohydrate. It is commonly referred to as blood sugar. The body breaks down carbohydrates in foods into glucose, which serves as the primary fuel for the muscles and the brain.
ATP. A compound consisting of the nucleotide adenosine attached through its ribose group to three phosphoric acid molecules. It serves to store energy in muscles which is released when it is hydrolyzed to adenosine diphosphate.
Chemicals in the brain that aid in the transmission of nerve impulses. Various Neurotransmitters are responsible for different functions including controlling mood and muscle movement and inhibiting or causing the sensation of pain.
A phenolic amine neurotransmitter (C10H12N2O) that is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found especially in the brain, blood serum and gastric membranes of mammals. Considered essential for relaxation, sleep, and concentration.
(mg): 1/1,000 of a gram by weight.