Vinpocetine is a simple one ingredient supplement, which can enhance blood flow and increase memory. It’s sold by the Nevada company Life Enhancement, which was founded in the 1980s. They have a long history of creating quality products. This may be due in part to their advisers who include medical doctors and other professionals with knowledge of nutrition.
Vinpocetine contains the following ingredients: Vinpocetine, rice flour, gelatin capsule, magnesium stearate
Periwinkle was traditionally used to reduce headaches, as it and its derivatives can increase blood flow in the brain without increasing pressure. It may even reduce blood pressure by small amounts. Like an amino acid, it’s demonstrably effective at penetrating the blood-brain barrier in humans and monkeys. Periwinkle herb has been used for countless years as medicine, and with vinpocetine, some people believe that vinpocetine supplements contain only the good parts with no downsides. It’s meant to enhance cognition and some people do report that it’s effective at doing this.
The most common dose in scientific research is 15 to 30 mg daily, with some studies going up to 60 mg (20 mg with each meal). There’s one study which found an increase in reaction time with a 40 mg tablet of vinpocetine, but vinpocetine did reduce reaction time in some people.
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- It’s a relatively common element of nootropic formulas and is often sold as a standalone dietary supplement.
- No known adverse reactions with other herbs or medications. Vinpocetine is widely regarded as safe for most people. It’s absorbed and metabolized rather quickly, so if you experience side effects, they’ll stop soon after you stop taking Vinpocetine.
- Some users report headaches and/or upset stomach, especially in doses over 15 mg. The directions on this product state to take a capsule with each meal and before bedtime. If you have a typical schedule, that means a daily serving is 40 mg, since there’s 10 mg of vinpocetine in each capsule. This may put you at risk for side effects, and some people have said vinpocetine lowers the strength of their immune system. One study confirmed a lower white blood cell count.
- Vinpocetine’s effects are not comprehensively researched and are often to shown to be minor. It’s likely best in a formula instead of by itself. You have to take it with meals for optimal absorption although this can be a pro or a con.
Despite a lack of research, vinpocetine is a popular ingredient and people often take supplements of it. They report feeling better, with clearer minds and sometimes a slightly improved memory. Whether or not it works for you is something that can only be verified through your personal experiences. In general it might be recommended that you look for a nootropic stack which includes some vinpocetine in an established formula, as that has a better chance of guaranteeing the best results for you. Still, there’s no harm in buying a supplement which only contains vinpocetine – that might be works best for you.