Vinpocetine is a purified extract derived from an alkaloid found in the Periwinkle Plant (Vinca minor L). The original use of the plant goes back to European traditional home remedies for cerebrovascular disorders and related symptoms. In 1999, the FDA approved Vinpocetine for use as a dietary supplement. Today, Vinpocetine is most often used as a cerebral vasodilator to increase blood flow to the brain, improve its oxygenation thereby increasing mental alertness and acuity. In fact, the most recent research suggests that this compound may be the most powerful memory enhancer available to date. Our brain is the control center of all human function.
Despite weighing only about three pounds, the human brain is composed of about 100 billion cells functioning together in a complex system that dwarfs any super computer. As we get older, there is a decline in mental function and efficiency related to the death of brain cells. Unfortunately, brain cells cannot be regenerated and this is part of the reason why memory and cognitive function decline. Hundreds of clinical studies have been done and the results suggest that Vinpocetine may be useful in improving mental functioning and efficiency by specifically enhancing cerebral circulation, increasing the production of cerebral ATP, which is used to power the brain and all cells, increasing the brainâ s utilization of oxygen and improving the brainâ s utilization of glucose, its main fuel source.
Even better is the fact that Vinpocetine is able to enhance the brainâ s function without significantly affecting systemic blood pressure. Aging is inevitable, but when we arm ourselves with the right nutrients, the degree by which we lose function can be significantly altered and perhaps prevented. Vinpocetine acts on the circulatory system and the brainâ s metabolism to enhance cognitive function. It increases cerebral vasodilation, which improves the flow of blood to the brain. This increase in microcirculation to the brain allows for more oxygen and glucose uptake by brain and nerve cells. These actions nourish brain cells and prevent cell death from lack of oxygen and blood flow. Vinpocetine has also been shown to improve microcirculation in the eyes, which may help maintain healthy vision and assist with healing eye related disorders. Vinpocetine is an incredible cognitive enhancer that may help with disorders from memory loss to cases of acute strokes. Combine Vinpocetine with Phospholoba Q10, Omega-3 Fish Oils, Flaxseed Oil and Vita-Vitamin for optimal brain health and function.
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