Vinpocetine is a derivative of an alkaloid derived from a plant in the periwinkle family.
Vinpocetine has been used in Europe for over three decades for the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders and symptoms related to senility. Normal aging results in a reduction of blood to the brain and a decrease in metabolic activity of brain cells. Vinpocetine is one of several dietary supplements that enhances circulation to the brain.
Research in Europe shows that vinpocetine has beneficial effects in the treatments of cerebral circulatory disorders that can cause such symptoms as memory loss, stroke, dizziness and inner ear problems. Vinpocetine boosts circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the eyes, thereby improving vision and eyesight disorders. The delivery of oxygen-saturated blood helps to improve hearing and helps to alleviate tinnitus and vertigo. It increases cellular energy (ATP) within the brain neurons.
The research involved doses of 10-30 mg. per day; 10 mg. of vinpocetine three times a day seemed to produce the best results.
CAUTION: If you are on anticoagulant medications such as coumadin (Warfarin), please consult with your health professional before using vinpocetine.
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