studies show that huperzine is a promising treatment alternative to
prescription drugs for Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other memory
In recent studies, some experts have suggested it
might even be as
effective as prescription drugs used to treat dementia.
However taking supplement may not improve your memory if you
don't have memory problems. However, if you suffer from forgetfulness
at times, this herb could prove to be just what you need to boost your
ability to remember things.
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Disease / Dementia
Human research trials have shown benefits in taking huperzine for
those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other memory related
More clinical studies will be needed to confirm this
as there are studies that showed this herb is not effective. It can be
difficult to judge memory function in people even though scientists
have developed standardized tests and questionnaires.
/ Seizure Disorders
performed in rats showed that this herb is effective in treating
certain types of seizure disorders. The researchers noted that this
herb showed this benefit without any side effects.
studies in human subjects will need to be done this beneficial fi
verify if this benefit can be found in people suffering from epilepsy
is huperzine and how does it work?
The Chinese have discovered this herb over a
century ago and
they are still using it today in China for treating memory related
problems. Luckily, this believe is backed up by many research studies
done over the last decade.
It is a substance found in the Chinese club moss. It has been
traditionally used for hundred of years in China to treat memory
problems, swelling, fever and blood problems.
Huperzia slows down the breakdown of acetylcholine (needed for
proper memory function). It is also shown to protect nerve cells from
is exactly how prescription drugs used to treat Alzheimer's disease
work. These include Aricept (donepezil), Cognex (tacrine),
Ebixa/Namenda (memantine) and Exelon (rivastigmine).
there research studies to support using
huperzine for dementia, Alzheimer's disease and memory loss?
There are small research studies that show taking this supplement
the memory capacity of healthy teenagers.
studies done in people with Alzheimer's disease showed that it improved
their memory and behaviour. These benefits were seen between 4 and 8
weeks of using the supplement.
Research studies show this herb has the potential to be as
effective as prescription drugs for treating dementia. Indeed, some
researchers are combining huperzine with prescription drugs to see they
will work better.
there are no larger well-designed placebo-controlled studies to date.
This is the type of studies needed to clearly prove that it works.
are some other names for huperzine?
In different parts of the world, you may find people refer to this
supplement as HupA, Huperzia serrata or Selagine.
if I'm already taking a prescription drug
for treating dementia?
If you are currently taking prescription drugs for treating Alzheimer's
disease or dementia, talk to your doctor to let him or her know that
you intend to try this supplement. You may be able reduce or eliminate
taking your prescription medication.
Research is underway to see if combining this herb with a
prescription drug would give better results. This is a good sign that
the medical community is starting to see that herbs such as this one
could one day be excellent alternative to standard therapy!
- Alzheimer's disease
- mental alertness
- energy enhancement
- epilepsy / seizure disorder
- memory improvement
- myasthenia gravis
Effects, Toxicity, Warnings and Interactions
are some mild side effects reported during research studies. They
Always start with the lowest dose and then increase gradually until you
get the benefits from this supplement. This will help
reduce the side effects that you may experience.
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- difficulty in breathing
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps
- slowing down of the heart rate
- In clinical trials showed that this
supplement is safe to use in healthy volunteers. The studies were up to
3 months in length.
to Take It
Huperzine is available as capsule, tablet and liquid extract formulations.
Dose used is
50 mcg (micrograms) taken
once to three times daily. Dosages as high as 200 mcg (or 0.2 mg) twice
Start with a lower dose and increase slowly to avoid
experiencing side effects.
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