Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Does huperzine A help with Alzheimer’s disease?
A: Huperzine A (HUP-er-zeen) is an extremely potent chemical derived from a particular type of club moss (Huperzia serrata). This substance is really more a drug than an herb, but it is sold over the counter as a dietary supplement for memory loss and mental impairment.
A study showed that people suffering from Alzheimer’s who were given huperzine A showed improvements in memory, thinking, and behavior. No severe side effects were reported, and the authors concluded that huperzine A is a promising drug for symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
To help enhance your memory you may try the brain-nourishing herbal supplement “Super Clarity” by Traditions of Tao. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.