My mother in her advanced age suffered mild ischemias that made her fade twice. I helped her by giving her vinpocetine once a day in the morning. Never again suffered from this ailment.
EC: For those who don't know, Brain Ischemia is a condition where there is insufficient blood flow to the brain to meet metabolic demand.
I use Vinpocetine and also recommend it to friends and family for dementia. A sibling is taking it. She was getting early signs of dementia and the supplement is definitely helping to reverse that.
It is also beneficial for Parkinson's Disease, anxiety and depression at less than 31 mg per day.
One side effect I have seen with vinpocetine is that it thins the blood and can be a problem for people who are already on a blood thinner or who take other supplements that have blood thinning effects such as vitamin E and fish oil.
Regarding Vinpocentine... any comments about the fact that it is made in a laboratory? All the articles I read state synthetically or chemically derived from periwinkle. So that means what exactly? That this supplement is more like a medication than a supplement? I understand that many supplements are made in labs... Just trying to get a clearer understanding from science-leaning health readers. Thank you.
This is an excellent article on a very useful supplement for multiple health benefits! Thank you for posting it!!!
EC: Thanks so much! Glad you like it, Art!
I tested a bottle of Vincopenine (sp?) a few years ago after reading an article on it. I was impressed by the memory recall I had on the first day. All of a sudden, I started having memories from childhood, when I was 5 years old. I was remembering my playmates names from kindergarten class and all sorts of interesting memories from jungle gym equipment outside. After that first day, I noticed that my brain was considerably sharper. Good for those dull-witted days!! Would love to hear from others who have tried this supplement. It's been off my radar for a while now but I am going to try it again soon!
Interesting that Amazon doesn't sell it. Is that because it's not sold in Canada and other countries because it's a nootropic?
I have just started researching about Vinca...or Periwinkle. I actually grow some of the flowers in my garden and for some reason have never learned of its medicinal purposes. I have no idea what kind of Periwinkle/Vinca that I have growing, but I do know it's a very tenacious plant and seems to even flourish the extreme heat and droughts here in NC. However, I had read somewhere that it was supposed to be helpful for the hearing... and since I've lately had a problem with hearing, I wanted to take something natural to see if it would help.
I'm a bit worried though about the Periwinkle's poisonous issues? Also, I would really like to know how come the Pharmaceutical companies manage to make a drug from it. I didn't think they could patent anything that was natural?
I'd appreciate any info regarding my questions since I'm eager to learn more and possibly start taking some of it.