Vinpocetine – A Virtually Unknown Miracle Plant

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Vinpocetine – A Virtually Unknown Miracle Plant

Most people have never heard of Vinpocetine. Vinpocetine is derived from the beautiful bluish purple petaled periwinkle plant. When taken internally it produces increased blood flow to the brain and is classified as an all natural vasodilator.

A potent anti-inflammatory this plant, taken as a dietary supplement, is both a vasodilator and nootropic. Nootropics have been noted in many research studies for the improvement of memory as well as cerebral metabolism. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory. It has a long history of use as a traditional tonic to alleviate weariness, especially the type associated with advanced age, and also as an astringent for excessive menses, bleeding gums, mouth sores, and more.

Vinpocetine helps to support:

Improvement of  Cognition

Improvement of Hearing Function

Improvement of Visual Function

Improvement of Cardiovascular Function

It has also shown promise in the areas of:

Alzheimers Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Stroke recovery (used directly after it happens as it may keep blood from clotting and might protect neurons against harmful effects)

Hair Loss

Vinpocetine is an effective treatment for hair loss, according to the author, Beth M. Ley in “Vinpocetine: Revitalize Your Brain With Periwinkle Extract.” Currently, the desired treatment for hair loss is minoxidil, which a strong peripheral cerebral vasodilator. According to, there are some serious medical side effects associated with the use of minoxidil such as excessive low blood pressure and chest pain. Vinpocetine, also a cerebral vasodilator, can provide the same prevention against hair loss without the potential for side effects, notes author Ley.


Vertigo is defined as the sudden sensation of spinning or whirling that is often accompanied by lightheadedness, loss of balance, sweating, nausea or vomiting. According to the University of Michigan Medical Center, vinpocetine can reduce the symptoms of vertigo due to the vasodilatory characteristic of the extract. The recommended dosage of vinpocetine for treatment of vertigo is 15 mg per day.

Vinpocetine has no known side effects even when combined with other supplements or medications.

The majority of natural remedies are not well known and take some time, research and study. If you are interested in getting healthy naturally, it is important to work with a physician who has experience in the area of nutrition.

Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. of Fort Myers, Florida excels in the areas of nutrition and chiropractic. Make your appointment today.

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