What is Huperzine-A?
Huperzine-A is a supplement that one consumes with their regular diet. It comes from a plant known as firmoss (Huperzia serrata). This plant grows in India and Southeast Asia. This supplement has various medicinal qualities. It can treat strains in the muscles, rheumatism, colds as well as bruising. This plant also exists in China. Over there, it is known as Qian Ceng Ta. In English, this plant is known as the Chinese club moss. The Chinese use this plant to treat schizophrenia, poisoning by organophosphates, Myasthenia gravis'.
What are the benefits of taking Huperzine-A?
. An increase in memory
One of the benefits of taking Huperzine-A is a marked increase in memory. It is able to cause this effect because it inhibits cholinesterase in the brain. This effect is felt in the neurotransmitters of the brain. As a result of this inhibition, a chemical known as acetylcholine is released in larger amounts. This chemical is essential for communication between the nerves of the brain. As a result, one is able to think faster and remember more. This effect can be felt 8 weeks after beginning to consume Huperzine-A.
. Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
Huperzine-A is also used to treat Alzheimer's disease.(AD) It can treat this disease in its mild and moderate states. It works to treat Alzheimer's in the same way that it increases memory and thinking capacity. By inhibiting the enzyme known as cholinesterase. As a reuslt of consuming this supplement, Alzheimer's patients can increase their cognitive ability. Moreover, Huperzine-A is able to protect the brain.
. Reduces the severity of Myasthenia gravis' symptoms
Huperzine-A is great for treating this disease. This is a disease where the body attacks its own muscles. The symptoms of this disease are fatigue and the muscles of the body getting weaker as one works during the day. Huperzine-A has been documented for boosting the strength of the muscles in less than 2 hours after taking it. Moreover, the Huperzine-A stays in the system for 6 to 8 hours. This extract has no rebound weakness like most medications for this disease.
If you are taking Huperzine to manage your Myasthenia gravis, then you should consume 150mcg of this extract per day. You can increase to 400mcg but you should not exceed this amount.
If you are taking it to treat Alzheimer's Disease, you should consume 50 to 200 mcg of this extract twice a day.
If you are taking Huperzine to increase your mental capability, you should take 50 to 200 cmg two times a day.
Who should not take Huperzine-A?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Huperzine-A. Also, people who have heart problems should not take this extract. If you have epilepsy, you can take this extract but only under medical supervision.
Huperzine-A side effects
The side effects of Huperzine-A are vomiting, slurred speech, nausea, diarrhea and excessive sweating. Moreover, one can develop a slow heart rate and high blood pressure. Should you develop these, stop taking it immediately and seek medical attention.
What other drugs will affect Huperzine-A?
If you suffer from Alzheimer's Disease and are taking donepezil(Aricept), galantamine(Razadyne) or rivastigmine(Exelon), you should not take Huperzine-A.