Derived from the fir clubmoss Huperzia Serrata, Huperzine A is an herbal extract that has proven itself to be a powerful nootropic. Given all that Huperzine A can potentially do, it’s no wonder it’s a common ingredient in supplements like Alpha Brain and Biohack Pure.
Huperzine A is a very strong natural acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. To put it as simply as possible, acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that attacks a key neurotransmitter in your brain that is responsible for learning, memory, and focus. So, if left unchecked, acetylcholinesterase can degrade these important brain functions. Huperzine A inhibits acetylcholinesterase from doing this.
- Improve memory—In 2002, researchers studied Huperzine A as a treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In the trial, 202 patients with the diagnosis of possible or probable Alzheimer’s disease were divided into two groups: one receiving Huperzine A daily for 12 weeks; the other receiving a placebo. The group of Alzheimer’s patients who were taking Huperzine A showed improvements in cognitive function, such as memory. Several other studies have found similar results – that Huperzine A contributes to improvements in memory and other cognitive functions.
- Protect against age-related cognitive decline—Because Huperzine A is a powerful acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, it could help to protect against age-related cognitive decline. Acetylcholinesterase degrades neurotransmitters responsible for memory, learning, and focus. By inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, Huperzine A contributes to keeping your brain young and healthy.
- Benefits against Alzheimer’s disease—A number of studies dating back decades have examined Huperzine A’s potential as an Alzheimer’s disease treatment. For example, in a 1995 double-blind, placebo controlled study of 103 individuals with Alzheimer’s, it was found that about 60% of the individuals being treated with Huperzine A showed improvements in memory, thinking, and other behavioral functions. This study and others suggest that Huperzine A could possibly offer some benefits to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- Get a better night’s sleep—Author and biohacker Tim Ferriss has said that taking 200 micrograms of Huperzine-A prior to bed could increase total REM sleep time by 20 to 30 percent. By getting higher quality sleep, your mind can function more effectively during the day.
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