Vinpocetine is a synthetic compound containing substances which exist in the periwinkle plant.
Some of the brand names of vinpocetine are Intelectol, ethyl apovincaminate and Cavinton.
This compound is believed to enhance the flow in cerebral disorders.
It is also considered to be an effective anti-inflammatory drug and is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Vinpocetine has several benefits, some of which are listed below:
Cognition Improvement: Vinpocetine helps in the improvement of short-term and long-term memory. It behaves as a neutoprotector and keeps the brain alert. It inhibits the onset of senility and reduces possibility of ischemic attacks.
Visual Enhancement: On taking vinpocetine, night vision improves, eye wounds due to burn injuries heal faster and glaucoma is prevented or reduced. It also helps to slow down the deterioration of the eyes with age.
Better Hearing: Vinpocetine helps in the prevention of loss of hearing in several scenarios. It prevents or provides relief to vertigo and tinnitus (ringing sound in the ear).
Cardiovascular Improvement: This drug is also used for the overall improvement of the cardiovascular system.
Intellectually disabled children such as children with Down syndrome are thought to benefit from taking vinpocetine. As it is a drug which enhances cerebral function, it is a very popular supplement with the group of ageing people mostly above 60 years of age.
Vinpocetine may exhibit side effects such as nausea, indigestion, facial flushing, headache, dryness in the mouth, dizziness, and insomnia.
In some cases, vinpocentine caused low blood pressure.
The effect of vinpocetine on pregnant women is not known.
In a one-off case, vinpocetine was reported to have induced “agranulocytosis”, where the granulocytes in the blood got reduced.
It has also been observed that this drug tends to reduce the immunity level of the body.
If you are taking vinpocetine for the first time it is advisable to take a small dosage of 2 mg to 5 mg daily with meals. The dosage can then be gradually increased until a maximum of 10 mg to 40 mg per day.
For giving vinpocetine to children, a doctor should be consulted. It is always advisable in any case to consult a doctor before taking vinpocentine.
Disclaimer: While several benefits are believed to exist from taking vinpocetine, the findings from this article are not binding and are subject to further amendment as a result of new data recovered from ongoing research.