Huperzine A (Huperzia serrata)
Huperzine A is extracted from Huperzia serrata, an herb used in Chinese medicine. It is marketed as a dietary supplement to improve brain function. It helps improve memory by protecting the nerve cells and has been used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia in Asia. It helps with Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, cognitive decline, Myasthenia gravis, Neuropathy and more.
What does Huperzine A do?
Huperzine A is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, raising the levels of acetylcholine in the basal ganglia. Higher levels of acetylcholine in the central nervous system are believed to be responsible for less severe cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, huperzine can interfere with the pathway of beta-amyloid deposition by regulating precursor protein metabolism and impeding associated neurotoxicity. Huperzine also inhibits the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the cerebral cortex