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Vinpocetine (other names Cavinton, ethyl apovincaminate) is purified from the periwinkle plant. It is a derivative of Vincamine and can improve cerebral blood flow, increase memory and help to maintain healthy microcirculation in the inner organs of ears and eyes. Some research has shown the effects of vinpocetine turn into a powerful memory enhancer.
The benefits of taking vinpocetine consist of the following:
- Dilate blood vessels
- Enhance brain circulation
- Strengthen oxygen utilization
- Make red blood cells far more flexible
- Impede aggregation of platelets
- Has positive antioxidant attributes
Side effects of vinpocetine probably include drowsiness, headache, insomnia, flushing, anxiety, nausea, indigestion, dizziness, dry mouth and perhaps also cause temporary drop in blood pressure.
5 mg and 10 mg doses by Ray Sahelian, M.D
A vinpocetine capsule is sometimes recommended to be taken more than once daily. However, people should limit the initial use to no more than 5 mg daily.
Also it shouldn’t be taken by pregnant or nursing women and people with bleeding disorders, low blood pressure or seizure disorders.
It shouldn’t be taken by people who also are taking drugs or herbs, like aspirin, Plavix, vitamin E, Coumadin and etc.
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I take vinpocetine 10mg along with my alpha gpc / oxiracetam / uridine / fishoil stack. I notice i'm a little sharper on days i take the vinpo. I tried taking 20mg but my head felt a strange pressure, so I backed off. Nothing amazing but worth investigating!