New Hope for Nature’s Dying Alzheimer's Remedy
For centuries, Chinese medicine men have sworn by a natural way to fight Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an extract from a moss-like plant in China. Published studies have shown it to be safe and effective. But the supply is limited. That’s because the plant takes decades to grow… and yields only a tiny amount of the vital extract. Worse, the Chinese trust this remedy so much that they’ve overharvested the plant. Now, it’s facing extinction.
But Yale scientists have come up with a way to reproduce the natural compound. That means wider availability for the people who need it.
Dr. Seth Herzon is the research scientist who has come up with the solution. He graduated from Harvard and has been honored by the National Institutes of Health. Now a professor at Yale, he leads lab research for the chemistry department. His mission is to get this natural remedy to those who need it.
He’s convinced that it can combat Alzheimer’s more effectively than drugs. It works faster. It is more potent. And it’s totally safe.
“We believe (this remedy) has the potential to treat neurologic disorders more effectively than the current options available,” he says. “And we now have a route that rivals nature’s pathway.”
The journal Chemical Science published his research. And independent experts support his findings.
Dr. Steven Weinreb heads up research into the synthesis of natural products for Penn State University. He says Herzon’s solution “allows access to large quantities of this scarce natural product from readily available materials.” He believes this breakthrough will provide a safe, effective and widely available treatment for Alzheimer’s patients.
So how does the compound work?
To answer that question you have to look at the problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Our brains produce a compound called acetylcholine. This chemical messenger is vital to memory, judgment and clarity of thought.
But Alzheimer’s patients produce an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE). This enzyme breaks down acetylcholine. That breakdown leads to many of the cognitive problems linked to the disease.
Many drugs treat the disease by inhibiting AChE. That allows acetylcholine levels to rise and normalize. This, in turn, can improve cognitive function.
That’s where the Chinese remedy comes in. The Huperzia serrata plant holds a compound called huperzine A.
Huperzine A targets AChE and slows down its activity. That stops the breakdown of acetylcholine and enables the brain to function properly.
Twenty years of published studies support this natural remedy. They show that it works as well as prescription drugs. In some cases it works much better… and without risky side effects.1
Here are two brief examples…
One study looked at 103 people with the disease. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study ran for eight weeks. Patients got either huperzine A or placebo twice a day.
Almost 50 percent more patients in the huperzine A group showed significant improvements compared to the placebo group. These improvements included memory, thinking, and behavioral functions.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences conducted another study. They looked at 202 Alzheimer’s patients. Each patient got 400 micrograms of huperzine A daily.
Patients saw improvements in behavior and cognition. They also enjoyed improved mobility.
Science shows that this natural extract can work. But there is a problem. The plant material yields less than one percent of usable solution. Worse, the supply is so low that it can cost up to $1,000 per milligram.
“Being able to synthesize large amounts of huperzine A is crucial,” says Dr. Herzon. “Because the plant itself is nearing extinction.”
So he created an eight-step process to reproduce huperzine A in the lab. That process now yields 40 percent of usable solution.
Thanks to Herzon’s new process, you can buy this compound for just a few dollars. That’s a small fraction of what it used to cost.
You can find huperzine A online and at most health food stores. Best of all, it costs just $10 to $20 a bottle. Based on several studies, you should take 200 micrograms per day to help prevent memory loss and cognitive decline.
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