Huperzine A

What is Huperzine A?
Huperzine A is a natural alkaloid compound that can have positive effects on brain function. It is derived from a plant commonly known as Chinese Club Moss, which is similar to the fir moss growing in temperate zones around the world. In Australia, it is known as Tassel Fern.

What are the health benefits of Huperzine A?
In Asia, especially China, the plant is widely used to treat fever, swelling and some blood illnesses. In the United States, Huperzine A is sold as a dietary supplement to support improved brain health and cognitive function. Researchers in China and in the United States have found that Huperzine A helps to slow the progression of certain neuro-degenerative diseases. It may offer a treatment for Alzheimer’s because it acts as an inhibiter of acetylcholinesterase, a significant enzyme related to the development of Alzheimer’s. Huperzine A may also turn out to be effective against epilepsy.

What are the guidelines for taking Huperzine A?
Huperzine A is sold online and in health food stores in both tablet and capsule forms.

Are there any precautions for taking Huperzine A?
A number of possible side effects may accompany use of Huperzine A. These include skin problems, complications with respiration, cardiac function, and digestion, and insomnia.

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