Sunday, September 21, 2008

Huperzine A--the first week's report

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was adding yet another supplement to my diet based on a recommendation form Dr. McCleary's book "The Brain Trust Program." Huperzine has a silly name, but apparently inhibits the breakdown of the memory-promoting neurotransmitter acetylcholine, keeps neurons from being excited to death through the influx of too much calcium, and has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well.

So, like an aging Alice in Wonderland, I opened the bottle and swallowed the pill. I fully expected to see no results for 20 some years when I would wake up one morning and not be demented. Whereas one pill made Alice larger and one pill made her small, this pill, completely unexpectedly, made me less anxious. I faced my day and my to-do list not with a tranquilized but rather a tranquil brain. The effect wears off by day's end, but per "The Brain Trust Program," this supplement is to be taken twice daily.

Hmm, this pill could be the new mother's little helper.

9 comments:

Wendy said...

Sounds fabulous - just what I need! Will look into it. Thanks for this info.

kenju said...

Wheeee! Sounds good already. I have eschewed pills for mood alteration, but since mr. kenju's stroke, I think I could benefit from that!

annie's eyes said...

This does sound good. I haven't read much about it but deal with anxiety, so I wonder...sure would be nice to have that added benefit. Thanks for sharing your personal journey and knowledge with the rest of us. Do you remember the recommended millograms?

femail doc said...

The recommended dose is 75-100 mcg twice daily for adults. I bought 50 mcg capsules on Amazon from Swanson Supplements, and will increase the dose now to one twice daily. Start low and go slow always my motto with meds.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Judy,

I'm going to try the huperzine soon. I wish they embedded it in chocolate, though.

JeanMac said...

Thanks again for such good info!Hope I can get it here.

Mauigirl said...

Great, maybe I'll get some! Probably better than taking Xanax frequently!

Beverly said...

Sounds good to me!

Anonymous said...

How about an update on this? I just got some and am going to give it a try. Are you still using it? I am trying to find data to convince my crabby husband to try it, too.