Vinpocetine is a synthetic compound which was developed in the late 1960’s. While the compound itself is manmade, its source, vincamine, is completely natural. Vincamine is a naturally occurring substance that is extracted from the leaves of the Vinca minor plant (commonly known as the periwinkle plant), a popular shade loving vine that is traditionally planted under large trees as ground cover. It is an indole alkaloid (specifically a tryptamine) and is often used as a nootropic agent. Nootropics, also called smart drugs, cognitive enhancers or memory enhancers, are drugs, supplements, functional foods and nutraceuticals that act to improve such things as memory, intelligence, concentration and attention. In fact, Vinpocetine is regarded as one of the most important nootropic agents currently available.
The use of Vincamine as a nootropic agent is certainly not new – it has been the subject of numerous research papers, and is considered a prescription drug that is used for treatment for a number of different ailments for over 25 years in Europe and in Japan. In the United States and Canada, Vinpocetine is considered a herbal supplement and it can be found in health food stores and online as a dietary supplement.
Vinpocetine is considered to be a powerful vasodilator, meaning that inhibits the constriction blood vessels by relaxing the smooth muscle. This allows for increased blood circulation to the brain. Some preliminary studies have suggested that this property makes it a good candidate for the treatment of brain impairment and dementia that can occur after an ischemic stroke. The compound’s ability to enhance oxygen use in the brain, protect brain cells against damage, and increase blood flow to the brain has also made it a good candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
While more clinical studies are needed before the compound’s true benefits for Stroke victims and Alzhiemer’s are determined, many researchers are positive that the compound is at least beneficial as a brain boosting supplement that can help with the memory and overall brain function of healthy people. There are also some studies that suggest that Vinpocetine also may help with chronic ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus as well as other causes of impaired hearing.
Some researchers also have found that vinpocetine has additional benefits, such as:
– protecting the retina against the hepatitis B virus
– helping alcoholics recover from ethanol-induced toxicity.
– dealing with space motion sickness
– treating symptoms of menopause
– improving conditions related to insufficient blood flow to the brain, including vertigo and Menieres syndrome, difficulty in sleeping, mood changes and depression.
– treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
– helping with seizure disorders
– improving vision
A number of research studies currently underway are expected to reveal more about Vinpocetine’s beneficial effects on brain health.
While Vinpocetine is generally considered to be a brain booster, there is some evidence that it may also work to help boost the sex drive. Much like Viagra, this compound helps improve blood flow by inhibiting the phosphodiesterase enzyme. While this increased blood flow caused by the compound is typically concentrated around the cerebral area, the general increase in blood flow might also help men achieve better erections.
Use in male enhancement pills
Vinpocetine has recently been added to the proprietary ingredients of Zenerect. This is mostly because it helps widen the blood vessels and aid in better circulation. While another included natural supplement known as epimedium better contributes to the targeting of blood flow to the penis, the inclusion of Vinpocetine, helps with overall circulation thereby contributing to the over health and well being of the men taking the supplement.