Huperzine-A (Huperzia Serrata) Club Moss - Side Effects/Benefits

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Huperzine-A (Huperzia serrata) - Chinese Club Moss

This standardized extract from the Chinese club moss is an all-natural herbal supplement that benefits healthy levels of the valuable neurotransmitter acetylcholine.  These products are standardized for maximum efficacy.

This extract from Chinese club moss supports memory, focus and concentration.  Huperzine stops the enzyme acetylcholinesterase from destroying an important neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.  Huperzine also helps protect delicate nerve cells against destruction.

Huperzine-A Provides Benefits
Huperzine is a unique nutritional supplement that offers hope to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other age-related mental conditions and side effects associated with the disease.  Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the destruction of nerve cells in several key areas of the brain devoted to mental functions, including a substantial loss of pre-synaptic cholinergic neurons in brains of patients.

This results in a dramatic decrease in the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a vital neurotransmitter with a fundamental role in memory and intracellular communication between nerve cells.

Research has shown that levels of acetylcholine are deficient in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease.  What little acetylcholine is still produced in the patients brain is quickly broken down by the brain enzyme, acetylcholinesterase (AChE), leading to a shortage of the neurotransmitter, contributing to the patients loss of memory and other cognitive functions.

Huperzine is derived from the ancient Chinese herb Huperzia serrata, traditionally used for fever, inflammation and irregular menstruation.  In the late 1980s, researchers discovered that Huperzine-A, an alkaloid extracted from the raw plant, readily crosses the blood-brain barrier to prevent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from destroying acetylcholine.  Researchers found that Huperzine works in a manner similar to the AChE inhibitors (such as tacrine and donepezil) to impair the ability of AChE to degrade acetylcholine.  By inhibiting the actions of AChE and increasing acetylcholine concentrations in the brain, Huperzine-A has been shown to be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms and side effects associated with acetylcholine deficiencies.

In one placebo-controlled, double-blinded study, researchers found that 58% of Alzheimer's patients experience significant improvement in both cognitive and memory function when given 200 mcg of Huperzine per day.  Other significant effects have been noted in patients, both in terms of their life quality and their ability to retrieve past memories.  Huperzine's properties suggest that it may be an effective agent for improving memory and learning in healthy humans as well.  These findings suggest that Huperzine not only supports the brain from the ill-effects of Alzheimer's and senile memory deficits but also provides a unique and exciting supplement for supporting memory in the healthy aging human as well.

Description:  Complimentary Prescriptions - 50 mcg, 60 vegetable capsules.  Other Ingredients:  Microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and maltodextrin (Vege Cap).  Contains no added starch, salt, wheat, gluten, coloring, or dairy products.

Description:  Source Naturals - 200 mcg, 60 tablets size or 100 tablets size.  Other Ingredients:  Microcrystalline cellulose, and stearic acid.  Contains no added starch, salt, wheat, gluten, coloring, or dairy products.

Dosage and Use:  One capsule daily, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.  Do not use Huperzine A on a chronic basis.  Can be taken with or without food virtually side effects free.

Warnings and Side Effects:

  • Keep Huperzine-A (Huperzia serrata) herb/supplements out of reach of children,

  • Do not exceed recommended dose for benefits while avoiding side effects,

  • If you have a bad reaction or side effects, discontinue use immediately,

  • When using, please inform your physician,

  • Since Huperzine A inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, it should not be used on a chronic basis. The reason for this is that some acetylcholinesterase is needed to suppress excessive amounts of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from accumulating in the body.  While most people over age 30 need more acetylcholine, too much can cause unpleasant side effects.  Most healthy people safely boost acetylcholine levels by taking precursors such as choline and phosphatidylcholine along with pantothenic acid.  Our Cognitex formula contains these acetylcholine precursor agents.

  • Do not take Huperzine-A (Huperzia serrata) herb/ supplements if you are taking other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors like Aricept or Tacrine.

Huperzine A Alzheimers Disease Information

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