Vinpocetine can be found in many fat burners and cognitive health supplements. It has some immediate effects, but also may have some longer term benefits. A study evaluated the effect of vinpocetine on people with severe age related cognitive decline over a 90 day period.
84 subjects were included in the study, all suffering from chronic cerebral dysfunction. Half of the subjects were given 30 mg of vinpocetine daily in divided doses for the first 30 days, and then 15 mg daily in divided doses for the remaining 60 days. The other half of the subjects were given a placebo supplement. At the end of the 90 days of supplementation, it as found that the group using vincopcetine significantly improved their performance on a variety of tests measuring mental health, while the placebo group did not show the same improvement. No significant adverse effects were taken note of.
These results suggest that vinpocetine might not only help boost short term mental function, but that it may help maintain or further improve it when used longer term. Vinpocetine may be useful for a student studying for a test as a short term brain booster, and it may also help elderly people fight age related cognitive decline when used on a regular basis. The absence of serious adverse effects indicates that vinpocetine is also safe when used at a moderate dose.
Balestreri R. (1987). A double-blind placebo controlled evaluation of the safety and efficacy of vinpocetine in the treatment of patients with chronic vascular senile cerebral dysfunction. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). 35.5 (425)
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