Vinpocetine, derived from the periwinkle plant, is another powerful memory enhancer. It improves blood flow to the brain and improves the brain's use of oxygen. It also helps with concentration.
There are two classes of active compounds in periwinkle-alkaloids and tannins. The major alkaloid is known as vincamine. A closely related semisynthetic derivative of vincamine most widely used for health is known as ethyl-apovincaminate or vinpocetine. It has vasodilating, blood thinning, and memory-enhancing actions. It has been shown in double-blind studies to help alleviate memory issues, in which the arteries supplying blood to the brain develop atherosclerotic plaques. A double-blind study found that vincamine can help people with Memory Loss. Vinpocetine has also been found to help avoid the decline in short-term memory induced by the anti-anxiety benzodiazepine drug flunitrazepam in one preliminary study.
Gingko biloba, which has been used in Eastern cultures for thousands of years, is perhaps the most well-known and one of the most potent "memory herbs." It works by increasing the blood flow to the brain, by dilating the blood vessels and increasing oxygen supply. However, it isn't an instant solution as it can take a few weeks to start seeing results. It also gets rid of free radicals that can damage brain cells.
You don't have to be middle-aged or older for ginkgo to help increase brainpower! Recently, there has been much speculation that ginkgo may act as a "smart nutrient," improving intelligence in healthy, young people.
At the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, 60 students participated in a 30-day double-blind, placebo- controlled clinical trial, in which they were given a battery of neuropsychological tests before and after taking ginkgo. Results indicated that the students who took the ginkgo, showed a significant improvement in the speed at which they processed information and retained it.
In another placebo- controlled, double-blind study at the Division of Psychology, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 20 students were given a cognitive assessment on which they were tested for attention, accuracy, speed of memory and quality of memory. They received 120 mg, 240 mg and 360 mg of a standardized extract of ginkgo or a placebo over a six-hour time period. The results showed that the students who received 240 mg and 360 mg of ginkgo biloba extract had a sustained improvement in attention, even six hours after they had received the supplement.
No matter what your age, Ginkgo Biloba helps to sharpen your mental performance, increase your concentration and short-term memory, boost your energy levels and slow down the aging process.
In a recent study, subjects who took sage performed significantly better than those who didn't on a word recall test. Although the exact mechanism behind this isn't fully clear, experts believe sage might increase levels of a chemical that helps transmit messages in the brain. Since this is also the same chemical that is lacking in those suffering from brain function issues, the possible use of sage to help support this is being examined.
In a double-blind study of people with memory loss, supplementing with sage for four months resulted in a significant improvement in cognitive function, compared with a placebo. Although it is not known for sure how sage improves cognitive function, it appears to have an effect on acetylcholine, one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
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