How Huperzine A Supports Memory – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 152
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Huperzia serrata is a plant extract. It’s common Name is Chinese club moss. It is a low growing green plant that they extract Huperzine A from. Huperzine A is an alkaloid – a type of plant ingredient with a substantial effect. Huperzine A is a dietary supplement that helps improve brain function and memory, specifically by protecting the nerve cells of the brain.
How does Hyperzine A work?
It improves memory or restores it by selectively inhibiting an enzyme called acetyl-cholinesterase. This allows acetyl-choline to rebuild in the brain of people with mild, age-related forgetfulness and absentmindedness. You need acetyl-choline for many brain functions, including:
- The maintenance of gray matter†
- Problem solving and learning ability†
- May help diabetes-associated cognitive decline†
A meta-analysis shows that Huperzine A is helpful for patients with mild to moderate cognitive dysfunction and for those with diabetes related memory dysfunction. It improved cognitive function in two trials of patients with vascular dementia.†
An updated meta-analysis was published in the journal Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine of placebo-controlled, randomized human clinical trials in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and in patients with vascular dementia. They chose eight studies of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (about 750 patients) and two studies of patients with vascular dementia. The researchers found that Huperzine A helped them with memory functions and daily living scale scores. They found that the longer they used it, the longer the efficacy.†
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