Huperzine-A

Huperzine-A is an isolation of an active alkaloid found within the Chinese club moss plant, or Qian Ceng Ta—which has been shown as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease on it’s on accord.

,h2> Huperzine-A however, is a laboratory-prepared, but considered to be a ‘bio-equivilent’ to the natural form found in many plants within the Huperziaceae, Lycopodiaceae, and Selaginella families. Similar to many of the Ractam Nootropics, Huperzine-A is thought to be a NMDA antagonist, as well as being a neural anti-oxident.

Huperzine-A appears in the blood stream just 15 minutes after ingestion, with serum levels peaking around a little more than an hour.

One of Huperzine-A’s most-notable biochemical functions is that is serves as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor—which allows other neuro-active compounds to have a more profound effect. The Chinese have used the herbal form, the Club Moss Plant, originally as a muscle relaxer, and treatment for bruises and increasing blood flow to areas which need healing.

Huperzine-A
More recently however, this plant has been used in the treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Schizophrenia, as well as serving as a counter-agent for organophosphate (herbicides) poisoning. There have been several clinical trials conducted investigating Huperzine-A as a potential treatment for many medical conditions such as Cocaine Dependency and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

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