Huperzine A (Huperzia Serrata)
|By Jonathan Roseland||Connect|
This alkaloid is a natural botanical nootropic that occurs in the in firmoss huperzia serrata plant of asia, which has been used for centuries in China as a memory enhancer.
Chemically it empowers our memory by acting as as an Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.
The primary nootropic benefit is as a acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, acetylcholine is one of the three essential neurotransmitters we need to be Limitless (the others are serotonin and dopamine). Acetylcholinesterase actually stops acetylcholine from doing its job as effectively as possible in our minds. Huperzine A blocks and destroys Acetylcholinesterase, so this nootropic is a case of the enemy of our enemy being our friend. It is also a NMDA receptor antagonist, this means that it protects the brain from glutamate damage, in lab rat tests this increases the nerve growth. Huperzine has hundreds of years history of helping improve memory along with recent scientific tests showing that it improves the rate at which your brain creates cells.
Clinical trials done for the Journal of Neural Transmission and at the Xiaoshan Mental Hospital in Zhejiang, China have shown it as effective in helping those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and as a memory enhancer for students. It has also been demonstrated to help with those suffering from senile and multi-infarct dementia.
It occurs naturally in nature in a chinese moss, from there it goes through a pretty extensive laboratory purification process to become Huperzine A, for that reason many consider it to be a drug, even though it can be purchased as an over the counter nootropic.
Huperzine A is also beneficial and has been used historically to treat blood disorders, inflammation, swelling and fever along with treating a muscle disease called myasthenia gravis. Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter our minds use to communicate with our muscles so since Huperzine A increases Acetylcholine levels it strengthens the brain body connection.
Cycle Off: It's recommended that for every month you supplement Huperzine you cycle take a week off to avoid some mild side effects.