The four nutrients in Cogni-flex™support thestructure and function of cognitive processes inseveral ways. They support neurotransmittermetabolism, enhance vascular circulation to thebrain, and help maintain structure and function ofnerve cell membranes.
Huperzine A: An extract of the Chinese club moss,Huperzia serrata, huperzine A has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. It is an effectiveinhibitor of acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades acetylcholine, the neurotransmitterimportant for normal memory and learning function. Huperzine A may help maintain cognitive functionthat has been degraded by a reduction in the brain's functional levels of the neurotransmitteracetylcholine.
Ginkgo biloba: Flavonoid compounds and terpenelactones in the ginkgo leaf help regulate the structural tone and elasticity of arteries and capillaries. Aspowerful antioxidants, the ginkgo flavonoids counteract the deleterious actions of free radicalaccumulation which impairs functional cellular energy production and nerve transmission. Ginkgobiloba extract is also reported to inhibit the tendency of red blood cells to stick together (clumping),thereby enhancing the functional fluidity of the blood. Improving the functional circulation to thebrain and other parts of the body allows for better oxygen and glucose uptake, with subsequentenhancement of memory and mental functions.
Phosphatidylserine: This phospholipid, found inhigh concentrations in the nervous system, helps maintain functional fluidity of nerve cell membranes,thus providing for optimal transport of nutrients and other compounds across the cell membrane. It is alsoused in the repair and regeneration of nerve cells. Phosphatidylserine also appears to help the bodycounterbalance excessive release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), adrenaline and cortisol which are released in response to stress.
Acetyl-L-carnitine:This acetylated high energy ester of the amino acid L-carnitine contributes itsacetyl group to the production of acetylcholine, the primary neurotransmitter for memory and thought.The enzyme that makes acetylcholine from acetyl groups and choline is choline acetyl transferase. Theactivity of this important enzyme has a tendency to decline with age, causing low acetylcholine levelswhich in turn are thought to contribute to the impairment of brain function that is associated withaging. Research has also found that acetyl-L-carnitine is active in optimizing the functioning of cerebralblood flow, as well as of nerve cell membranes.
Adults take 1 capsule daily or as directed by physician.