Vinpocetine is an extract from the periwinkle plant, also a favorite garden flower and like ginkgo biloba, Vinpocetine enhances blood flow and flow helping to provide oxygen into the brain – and remarkable improvements in concentration, memory recall and learning are reported after just one dose!
Research carried out in the University of Surrey gave 203 individuals with memory problems both a placebo or vinpocetine and the results showed the subjects receiving vinpocetine experienced a significant improvement in their cognitive performance.
Vinpocetine is showing quite a few nerve protecting properties that may help in the treatment of vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders where oxidative stress could be involved. As an antioxidant and vasodilator it’s been shown to not only increase blood circulation to the brain but also increase energy generation in addition to increasing the amounts of glucose transported into the brain – helping once again to increase cerebral action.
Because of its ability to dilate blood vessels, research shows that vinpocetine is particularly protective in cases where blood flow to the brain has been diminished, usually by cerebral atherosclerosis (a condition in which a build-up of plaque interrupts the arteries that supply oxygen to the brain), or during a mini-stroke.
Finally, vinpocetine has been proven to stimulate certain nerves in the brain that are directly associated with thinking, planning and action and it is these cells that as we age decline in amount, impairing concentration, alertness and the speed by which we process information.
It has been proven that a dose of up to 10 mg of Vinpocetine three time a day taken orally is secure for human use in mature age. Although the chemical proved to not cause birth defects it is not recommended for pregnant women because of liability of increased sensitivity in pregnancy and so vinpocetine treatment ought to be stopped in case of pregnancy.
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Dr. Steffan H. Abel D.C. continues to be involved in Chiropractic and healthcare research for more than 20 years. He’s lectured and taught extensively in both Europe and America to pupils, chiropractors and medical doctors.