Today’s post is not an April Fools’ joke, but it’s going to be about one of the more common and widely available nootropic substances, vinpocetine.
I never paid too much attention to it until I came across it one day at my local vitamin store. Because I am Pill Scout and I am curious, I went ahead and purchased it.
Here’s what I’ve learned about it…
Origins of Vinpocetine
Vinpocetine was first synthesized from an alkaloid found in the extract of the periwinkle plant (vinca minor) native much of Europe, the Caucasus and parts of southwestern Asia.
Hungarian chemist Csaba Szántay was credited for its synthesis in 1975. Not long after, the mass production of Vinpocetine for pharmaceutical use began in 1978.
In its native Europe, this plant-derived nootropic has found its use as a medicine for age-related memory decline and is still being studied for anti-inflammatory applications in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Nootropic applications and effects of Vinpocetine
Vinpocetine has not been thoroughly investigated for its applications in memory enhancement, however it does seem to show promise in regard to the elderly.
Anecdotes have illustrated enough reports of improved cognition to be statistically significant in many people besides the elderly. Unsurprisingly, nobody is doing enough study on these substances.
Reaction time has been found to decrease with intake of Vinpocetine, meaning better reflexes and faster response times to stimuli.
Vinpocetine is also well known for its vasodilating properties which may explain its method of action. Because of this, it’s synergistic with a nitric oxide-boosting substance such as L-citrulline, cocoa or red ginseng root.
This leads me to believe Vinpocetine may be just as good for pre-workout as it is for cognitive enhancement.
Considering the affordability of Vinpocetine, this makes for a great budget nootropic substance not unlike Noopept.
My experience with Vinpocetine
Whenever I take a Vinpocetine capsule, I get a clarity of vision and a sort of “rush” that’s not unlike the one you can get from taking a good dose of a nootropic. Combined with citrulline malate, it gets even better.
I typically take citrulline on its own before a weightlifting session, but I take vinpocetine beforehand too since it helps me get psyched up for the day’s workout.
Subjectively, it gives me a sort of mental clarity too. Think of it like Moses parting the Red Sea of Brain Fog and Sluggishness. It’s hard to feel mentally fatigued when you take this stuff.
It seems to taper off gently after a few hours, just in time for the next meal and perhaps the next Vinpocetine dosage.
Considering how cheap Vinpocetine is, I don’t bat an eye at taking multiple doses through the day.
Dosage and how to take Vinpocetine
According to the page for Vinpocetine at Examine.com, it’s best to take this nootropic with food as the body absorbs it better in this manner. Bioavailability on an empty stomach is reportedly terrible.
Typically, daily doses are taken in the range of 15 to 60 mg. The standard single dosage is about 5 to 20 mg, divided into 3 separate doses spread through the day.
How to get Vinpocetine
I found Vinpocetine in my local vitamin store. It came in some capsules by Jarrow Formulas, and only set me back $10 for 100 caps. This one is super cheap.
- If you’re looking for other capsules, you may want to take a look at the iHerb page for Vinpocetine.
- If you want bulk powder Vinpocetine, get some from Health Supplement Wholesalers, starting at $3.49 for 1 gram.
- Periwinkle image from Wikipedia
- Examine.com page on Vinpocetine
- Health Supplement Wholesalers page on Vinpocetine