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Huperzine-A

Huperzine-A

Huperzine-A

There are small plants and massive trees in the world that contain extremely powerful chemicals capable of enhancing your brain function. Huperzine-A is one of them.* It is derived from Chinese club moss (Huperzia serrata), a traditional herb used for memory improvement in alternative medicine. It promotes memory and improves learning abilities.* Some researchers also suggest that it can slow down the progress of dementia and Alzheimer’s.*

Huperzine-A is one of the important active ingredients in Alkalife® Brain Performance Plus™, an advanced nootropic supplement that can support brain function and help maximize the performance of various critical areas of the brain.* When huperzine-A works in concert with other high-quality ingredients that constitute Alkalife® Brain Performance Plus™, you can expect to gain significant benefits ranging from cognitive health support to improved brain power.* You'll achieve your health, personal, and professional goals more effectively with this comprehensive mental performance product.*

What Is Huperzine-A?

A plant known as Chinese club moss or firmoss (mostly grown in southeastern Asia) contains a nootropic compound called huperzine-A. As a natural acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, huperzine-A is a potent herbal nootropic that promotes relaxation and clarity of thought via serotonin and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).

While huperzine-A has been used for many years as a nootropic, its mechanism of action was discovered quite recently. It prevents the action of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) when it is in excess. Like other reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, it indirectly impacts acetylcholine levels by slowing down certain receptors that control the production of this enzyme.

When you have higher amounts of acetylcholine in your body, it leads to enhanced cognitive function as well as improved memory. Acetylcholine plays an important role in protecting existing brain cells in addition to helping the formation of new brain cells. Huperzine-A works as a novel acetylcholinesterase inhibitor with excellent brain health outcomes.

In some parts of China, huperzine-A is actually used as a drug to combat Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and myasthenia gravis. Huperzine-A works quite similarly to the popular Alzheimer’s medication Aricept. Here in the US, it is included in many brain health supplements to improve concentration, focus, and memory.* It works as an antioxidant that protects brain cells from induced oxidative injury and environmental toxins. 

How Does Huperzine-A Work?

The way in which huperzine-A supports memory, cognitive function, and overall mental well-being is well-documented.* As explained earlier, it works as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which is an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of acetylcholine.

The absence of this enzyme means more acetylcholine is available for use in the brain, which means enhanced memory function, improved focus, and more efficient brain cell maintenance.* While increased acetylcholine levels have several nootropic properties, the main way they benefit you is by improving memory function.*

Clinical research has shown that huperzine-A may help improve memory function in older adults with a “forgetfulness” problem, and patients with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s – all without any toxicity or side effects.*

While there is still insufficient evidence about its efficacy in disease control, in a trial study on people with mild to moderate dementia, giving them huperzine-A dietary supplements for 12 weeks showed major improvement in their cognitive function with no adverse effects. The control group that didn’t receive the dietary supplement did not have any improvement.

Benefits of Huperzine-A

Now that you know how huperzine-A works, it’s time for you to learn exactly how it affects your body:

It Destroys Free Radicals

Free radicals are essentially rogue oxygen molecules that attack and damage your cells. The good news is there are a number of bioactive compounds known to contain antioxidants potent enough to neutralize free radicals, extending cell life.

The club moss that contains huperzine-A has been used for centuries in China because of its anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Several studies show that huperzine-A supports mitochondria in the brain cells. Mitochondria are the main energy centers located within each cell. Free radicals tend to destroy mitochondria and their function over time. Huperzine-A reduces the production of free radicals in brain cells, protects cell membranes from oxidative injury, and improves the overall function of vascular cells.*

It Boosts Brain Power*

Did you know that as we age, our brains actually shrink? Both brain volume and weight decrease with each passing year. Also, the branch-like tendrils or “dendrites” that extend from the neurons begin to decay. Clusters of dying or damaged neurons form “brain plaque,” which has been identified as a possible contributor to Alzheimer’s.

Huperzine-A can help prevent this brain damage, halt the loss of short-term memory, keep your mind sharp and clear, and even stave off brain-related disorders.* Huperzine-A does this by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain by blocking the brain-decaying effects of acetylcholinesterase.

Acetylcholine is the enzyme your brain needs to concentrate, reason, encode new memories, and perform cognition-based tasks. By taking a huperzine-A supplement, you can boost your long-term brain health and short-term memory and mental function.*

It Prevents the Onset of Alzheimer’s*

There is a particular neurotransmitter in your brain – glutamate – which does all kinds of wonderful things. It helps you learn faster and remember things. For your brain to work the way it is designed to work, you need glutamate in just the right amount.

As they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. Similarly, when there’s too much glutamate in the brain, it can contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. This “glutamate toxicity” has been associated with the decaying of brain cells, and thus, cognitive dysfunction. Clinical trials show that huperzine-A prevents excess glutamate from building up in the brain and supports nerve growth factor production.

How Huperzine-A Affects the Brain

Some researchers in China set about learning the capabilities of huperzine-A as a nootropic. They selected 68 students who were getting progressively bad grades in school due to not being able to memorize and learn new things. In this placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, one group of students was given a placebo while the other received 100 mcg of huperzine-A for 4 weeks. 

At the end of the trial period, researchers found that the students who used the supplement scored higher on memory testing than those who only took the placebo. 

As we mentioned earlier, huperzine-A (in the form of club moss) has been used in China for hundreds of years, way before the rest of the world caught up. Much of the research on the substance has been done in China.

Another study in Shanghai followed 200 patients who met all the criteria for developing Alzheimer’s disease. One group of patients was given 300–500 mcg of huperzine-A every day for 8 to 24 weeks. The other group was given a placebo. It was found that when taken daily, the effects of huperzine-A increased over time. Patients who took huperzine-A displayed major improvements in mood, memory, attention, orientation, cognition, and behavior. 

Experience the Benefits of Huperzine-A in Alkalife® Brain Performance Plus™

Do you wish you had a sharper brain performance to compete more effectively in studies, sports, or your profession? Do you feel like you don’t have the mental energy and vitality you had 20, 10, or even just 5 years ago? Or, maybe you are having more “senior moments” – forgetting where you put your car keys and your mind is not as attentive, agile, and quick as it once was.

If so, it probably means your body is getting too old, too fast and you are not living the healthy, energetic life you could be. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it – without prescription drugs or costly doctor visits.

Alkalife® Brain Performance Plus™ is the most powerful nootropic on the market today, not only because of the highest quality ingredients but also because its alkalizing formula ensures your body fully absorbs all of the active ingredients after oral administration.* Take Brain Performance Plus™ for 90 days and you might:

  • Think more clearly*
  • Have a better memory*
  • Have greater mental stamina*

You will feel dramatically sharper as your brain begins to benefit from the mind-boosting nutrients of Alkalife® Brain Performance Plus™, such as huperzine-A, Alpha-GPC, phosphatidylserine, lion’s mane mushroom, bacopa plant extract, ashwagandha, and beetroot powder.* Click here to place your order today. For more information, send us a message or call us at 305-235-5120.