Vinpocetine Was Recommended By Dr. Oz – What Is It?

memory-helpVinpocetine — boosts memory. Studies have shown that it is an extract of the periwinkle plant and how it works is the incredible part! It selectively increases blood to the brain and a lot of things in natural medicine, herbs in particular, doesn’t allow the brain to absorb in, due to what is called the blood brain barrier.

Research suggests vinpocetine may improve cognitive performance and short-term memory loss that is sometimes experienced with stress or aging. Animal studies have shown that vinpocetine significantly increases circulatory parameters including total cerebral blood flow by increasing acetylcholine in the brain.

Clinical trials have deemed that the nutrient is effective in cerebrovascular disorders, as in vascular dementia and stroke. The research indicated that Vinpocetine has a healthy effect on damaged areas of an individual’s brain. The dietary supplement is being investigated, to see if it will aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

***The disadvantages of vinpocetine are it can cause nausea, indigestion, dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, facial flushing, dry mouth and/or a headache. Of course, these side effects are only a possibility, if you take it. People who are taking ginkgo biloba, vitamin E, aspirin or Plavix, Ticlid, Pentoxifylline should not take Vinpocetine.

It is not advised to take Vinpocetine or any dietary supplement without first consulting your doctor, especially if you are on a blood thinner such as an anti platelet medicine or anti-clotting medication.

Again, on the positive side, studies have indicated that people who take Vinpocetine will have improved memory and cognitive brain functions, which means that it may make you process thoughts more clearly.

Do you ever try the suggested supplements that Dr. Oz talks about? Leave Me a Comment!

Courtesy of The Nutrition Advisor Blog – you can also visit her website.

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