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.