What is Huperzine A
Huperzine A is an alkaloid extracted from a Chinese club moss (Huperzia serrata), also known as the Chinese folk medicine Qian Ceng Ta. It has traditionally been used for the treatment of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease. A number of studies show that huperzine A improves both cognitive functions and the quality of life.
Huperzine-A is also known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor meaning that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine resulting in increases in acetylcholine. This acetylcholine is recognized as the learning neurotransmitter as well as is involved in muscle contraction. The weight-lifters and scholars frequently use such increasing levels of acetylcholine.
Huperzine A Health Benefits
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consideration and recomendation
Huperzine A is possibly safe and does not carry a large risk of side effects. However, there may be some mild side effects that include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, restlessness, loss of appetite, contraction and twitching of muscle fibers, cramping, increased saliva and urine, inability to control urination, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.
Avoid taking Huperzine A if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also if you have a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, use huperzine A with caution.
Huperzine A can be taken in two different ways: either by oral ingestion or as an injection.
For injection, the healthcare providers can give you Huperzine A daily as a shot for patients who have muscle weakness caused by a disease called myasthenia gravis.
By oral ingestion, for Alzheimer’s disease and declining thinking skills due to changes in the blood vessels in the brain such as multi-infarct dementia, the recommended doses to take are 50-200 mcg of Huperzine A twice a day. The recommended dose for age-related decline in thinking skills (senile or presenile dementia) is 30 mcg twice daily. For improving memory in adolescents, the recommended dose is 100 mcg twice daily.