For centuries, Eastern civilizations have relied on Huperzine as a broadly useful herbal health aid. It was only recently discovered however, that this rare moss has the ability to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine - a chemical in the brain that plays a substantial role in cognitive clarity and memory function.
An alkaloid derived from the Chinese Club Moss, Huperzia serrata, Huperzine occurs in two forms: Huperzine A and Huperzine B, which has far less effect than Huperzine A. Double blind studies in China have demonstrated the positive effects of Huperzine A for the treatment of Alzheimer's Syndrome. It is currently approved for AD treatment in China. Huperzine A appears to relieve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease by blocking the depletion of acetylcholine in the brain. Huperzine A is currently under study by the US Army at Walter Reed Hospital as an antidote for nerve gas poisoning because of its protective effect on the cells of the brain. Huperzine A actually promotes the growth of nerve dendrites! Animal and cell culture studies, along with molecular structure data, suggest that Huperzine A is a potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor and may also protect neurons against glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. The molecule's strong specificity for AChE suggests it may lower liver toxicity and other adverse effects.
In orthodox medicine, there are two phamaceuticals used in the treatment of Alzheimers, tacrine and physostigmine, both of which unfortunately bind to receptors in the central nervous system, causing adverse effects. The two orthodox drugs work on the AChE everywhere in the body instead of just in the brain, so their effect is severely limited. Huperzine A specifically targets the AChE in the brain, does better in improving memory, does not bind to CNS receptors, and lasts ten times longer. Tens of thousands of people, if not more (considering China) have used Huperzine A with no evidence of toxicity anywhere in the body.
Huperzine A is not known to have any Side Effects, even at doses 100 times the therapeutic dose.
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