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Huperzine A is a dietary compound, which was extracted from the traditional Chinese plant called Huperzia serrata. More recently, it has been successfully chemically synthesised (e.g., Huperzine A 1%).
Historically, Huperzine A has been used to treat colds, swelling, strains and bruises. Pharmaceutical applications of Huperzine A have attracted attention of the scientific community mostly due to its positive benefits on memory of Alzheimer’s patients. Although more well-controlled studies are required in this area, the results at this point seem very positive. Huperzine A seems to be an effective alternative to more traditional medication in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments (e.g., dementia). The same results are also observed in healthy individuals.
The main mechanism underpinning Huperzine A effectiveness is to do with acetylcholine neurotransmitter. The product increases the levels of acetylcholine neurotransmitter, resulting in a number of various cognition benefits. Higher levels of acetylcholine neurotransmitter result in an improved fluid intelligence and working memory. Additionally, by targeting the cholinergic system Huperzine A increases cholinergic activity which subsequently leads to a greater neuroplasticity. In terms of functional benefits the brain becomes more capable to adapt and learn new information. Acetylcholine levels tend to decrease with age. Therefore, Huperzine A product is a great method to prevent such decline.
Huperzine A is a natural alkaloid that is a very effective nootropic when used by itself or alongside other nootropics. Specifically, Huperzine A is one of the most popular nootropics to boost memory. Due to its effectiveness and concentration, only small dosages of Huperzine A are required (see below).
The recommended daily dosage is between 80 – 200 mg taken in 2 equal doses throughout the day. Start with the lowest dosage and observe how your body reacts to the product. Huperzine A 1% is water soluble so it does not have to be ingested with a meal. Also, it is recommended to take Huperzine A 1% on a cycle basis, e.g. two weeks followed by a break. Huperzine A 1% can be used in stacks with other nootropics, especially racetams.
Compared to other nootropics, Huperzine A appears to start working really quickly. Specifically, after oral ingestion it appears in the blood in around 15 minutes and peaks at around 70-80 minutes post-ingestion. Furthermore, it has a long half-life. Huperzine A is an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor which helps to regulate acetylcholine levels in the brain. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down acetylcholine neurotransmitter. Too much of this enzyme will result in low levels of acetylcholine that are often associated with a cognitive decline. As Huperzine A prevents such breakdown, acetylcholine levels increase. More acetylcholine is then taken up by neurons and thus memory consolidation and formation improves. Huperzine A compound helps neurons communicate with a greater efficiency.
Animal and human studies have shown that if taken at the recommended dosages Huperzine A does not cause any adverse side effects and has low toxicity. However, some users reported side effects, such as nausea, sweating, dizziness, muscle twitching, thirst and restlessness. Additionally, there are several conditions and circumstances that should be carefully considered before using Huperzine A. These are listed below:
Serving size: 10 mg
Servings per tub: 1000
Amount per serving: Huperzine A 1% 10 mg
This product is free from: Artificial Flavours, Colours & Preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten
Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans
✝These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The above products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should consult a physician before taking a new product or a nootropic. This product should not be taken by pregnant or nursing mothers, people suffering from cardiovascular disease or those under 18 years of age.
Any studies cited here are not conclusive and are limited to their closed environment nature; they might not determine ones experience with a nootropic, due to a large number of unaccounted variables falling outside the scope of such studies.
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