Research Shows Vinpocetine Helps Fight Inflammation
Did you know recent research has demonstrated Vinpocetine to be unusually helpful for inflammation?
Inflammation, a serious malady that afflicts all-to-many of us as we age, is a hallmark of many diseases including atherosclerosis (inflammation of the heart), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (inflammation of the lungs), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), infectious diseases (inflammation from immune response), and cancer (inflammation of many areas and cellular systems).
Here’s the straight scoop on this astonishing new discovery about the healing and inflammation-fighting qualities of Vinpocetine that you won’t find anywhere else…
By Steve Barwick, President, Targeted Nutrients
Vinpocetine is commonly used by people over 40 for boosting memory and mental clarity. Over 200 studies demonstrate this unique nutrient’s ability to boost brain power and memory by up to 60% or more, often within only an hour of taking it.
But there’s exciting new research on the powerful anti-inflammatory benefits of the nutritional supplement Vinpocetine. The research is so ground-breaking, the authors of the study admit they’re trying to find ways to turn Vinpocetine into a pharmaceutical drug so it can be prescribed to folks suffering from a wide variety of inflammatory diseases and conditions such as:
- COPD and Asthma (inflammation of the lungs)
- Psoriasis (inflammation of the skin)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (inflammation in the joints)
- Atherosclerosis (inflammation of arterial walls) and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease (brain inflammation)
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (inflammation in the eyes)
- Otitis Media (inflammation of the inner ear)
PLUS, researchers are looking into using Vinpocetine against numerous other chronic degenerative diseases in which inflammation plays a prominent role, including…
- Parkinson’s disease
- ALS (i.e., Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- And many others
Here’s a very interesting quote about Vinpocetine’s proven anti-inflammatory properties, direct from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center where it’s being studied:
“In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center were the first to find that Vinpocetine, a natural product derived from the periwinkle plant, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
…Results of the study show that Vinpocetine greatly reduces inflammation, and, unlike steroids, does not cause severe side effects.
‘What is extremely exciting and promising about these findings is Vinpocetine’s excellent safety profile,’ said Chen Yan, Ph.D., associate professor within the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Medical Center and a senior author of the study.
‘Previously, most drugs tested in this area have failed, not because of a lack of efficacy, but because of safety issues.
We’re very encouraged by these results and believe Vinpocetine has great potential for the treatment of COPD and other inflammatory diseases.’
Vinpocetine is a well-known natural product that was originally discovered nearly 30 years ago and is currently used in the U.S. as a dietary supplement for the prevention and treatment of cognitive disorders, and throughout Europe, Japan and China for stroke and memory loss.
The therapy has no evidence of toxicity or noticeable side effects in human patients.
In the future, scientists at the University of Rochester hope to reposition this compound as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of COPD, and potentially other inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, otitis media, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and psoriasis.”
— University of Rochester Medical Center
As the HealthGuidance.org website summarized:
“Perhaps one of the most amazing new benefits of Vinpocetine is its amazing anti-inflammatory qualities.
For example, Vinpocetine has now shown incredible results in being able to reduce lung inflammation. Patients who suffer from asthma or obstructive pulmonary diseases suffer from severe inflammation of the lungs, which is generally treated with steroids.
Steroids, as most know, have negative side effects; especially if used for an extended period of time.
During several research studies, the effects of Vinpocetine on lung inflammation proved to have the same effects as steroids, with absolutely no side effects.
As research continues, it seems more and more that this little periwinkle plant could be the next big thing for those suffering with pulmonary diseases.”
And as University of Rochester Medical Center researchers stated,
“Our findings suggest that vinpocetine could also be useful for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, infectious diseases and cancer.”
Dr. Jian-Dong Li, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the University of Rochester’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology later stated,
“In managing chronic inflammatory conditions such as COPD, it is crucial to have a therapy that can be used safely over the long term. There is a great need for a substance like Vinpocetine, because patients currently have no good options when it comes to long-term care.”
Their research, by the way, was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.
In other words, some of the heaviest hitters among the medical research community are now interested in seeing Vinpocetine used as a healing agent in inflammatory disease. So much so, some of them have even founded a start-up company, Rock Pharmaceuticals, with the hope of “re-positioning” Vinpocetine as a drug, and commercializing it (translation: selling prescriptions).
Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Too!
In their study, the clinical researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center further concluded: “The anti-inflammatory role of Vinpocetine in tandem with its cognitive improvement properties could also be of particular interest in neuro-degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s disease.”
And in another recent clinical study, this one published by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (the Canadian version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health) researchers concluded that Vinpocetine’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits could even extend to helping with inflammation of the eyes caused by excessive cytokine production in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. They wrote:
“Chronic inflammation is a key pathogenic process in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
…Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of visual impairment among the elderly
…Vinpocetine is a potentially useful anti-inflammatory agent that is well-tolerated in long term use…
…In addition to blocking inflammasome activation, Vinpocetine has a suppressive effect on a multitude of cytokines due to the central position of NF-κB in the immune-response cascade.”
In other words, the researchers discovered that Vinpocetine helps block the excessive cytokine production found in age-related macular degeneration which would otherwise cause inflammation and more rapid degeneration of eyesight!
Lupus, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Inflammatory Diseases
What’s more, researchers are so excited about these new findings they now want to study Vinpocetine’s use against the chronic inflammation inherent in other diseases, such as heart disease (atherosclerosis), stroke, ALA (i.e., Lou Gehrig’s disease), SLE (systemic Lupus), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers believe Vinpocetine’s lack of toxicity and serious side effects could make it a better choice than the anti-inflammatory drugs that can cause kidney or liver damage, or even result in the onset of cardiovascular problems and diabetes. As stated in the recent study “Vinpocetine as a Potent Anti-Inflammatory Agent”:
“Chronic inflammatory processes are related to conditions as distinct as atherosclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, asthma, systemic lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
The continuous use of anti-inflammatory agents is required to treat these conditions. However, the long-term use of these drugs creates an additional challenge: the high frequency of severe side effects.
For instance, the long-term use of corticosteroids and cyclooxigenase (COX) inhibitors can dramatically increase the risk for cardiovascular problems and diabetes.
Currently, there are great efforts to discover anti-inflammatory drugs that can be used for long periods with minimal side effects. Research has now demonstrated that Vinpocetine has potent anti-inflammatory action and is known for its minimal side effects.”
— Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vinpocetine as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, PNAS June 1, 2010 vol. 107 no. 22 9921-9922
Finally, as concluded in the clinical study, “Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Vinpocetine in Atherosclerosis and Ischemic Stroke: A Review of the Literature,” Vinpocetine might just be the next remedy for beating heart disease and stroke:
“Atherosclerosis is a common condition that increases the risk of stroke.
Hyperlipidemia damages endothelial cells, thus initiating chemokine pathways and the release of inflammatory cytokines-this represents the first step in the inflammatory response to atherosclerosis.
Blocking blood flow in the brain leads to ischemic stroke, and deprives neurons of oxygen and energy.
Damaged neurons release danger-associated molecular patterns, which promote the activation of innate immune cells and the release of inflammatory cytokines.
…Vinpocetine is believed to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent and has been used to treat cerebrovascular disorders.
Vinpocetine improves neuronal plasticity and reduces the release of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines from endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, macrophages, and microglia, by inhibiting the inhibitor of the NF-κB pathway.”
You’ve got to admit, researchers are getting excited about Vinpocetine’s beneficial effects on a lot of different inflammatory diseases.
And they think this long list might just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of the kind of inflammation-related conditions Vinpocetine will be able to help with as research into its anti-inflammatory benefits continues.
Indeed, some researchers are saying that a switch to using Vinpocetine for its anti-inflammatory benefits might just foreshadow the end of the over-use of dangerous steroidal and non-steroidal prescription anti-inflammatory drugs as we know them!
And not a minute too soon, in my opinion. After all, immune responses play an important role in the pathophysiology of dozens of different diseases and chronic conditions.
And if Vinpocetine can bring that inflammation under control in a safer and more effective way than potentially toxic prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, then the world will indeed be a better place.
The Excitement is Brimming Over
As you can see, clinical researchers are brimming over with excitement about Vinpocetine’s proven potential as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. So much so, that many of them are now openly talking about “repositioning” Vinpocetine, which is simply a clinical euphemism for making a drug out of it.
The researchers all admit that Vinpocetine’s safety in human use is particularly impressive. There’s no toxicity or serious side effects. And the results of the latest research into Vinpocetine’s profound anti-inflammatory properties clearly show it to be a “potent anti-inflammatory agent” that “greatly reduces inflammation.”
Your 2 Best Choices
So, if you suffer from an inflammatory condition (i.e., just about anything with the suffix “itis” in its name) and you’re interested in trying Vinpocetine, you have two choices:
- Choice #1: You can wait for years for researchers to turn safe, natural Vinpocetine into a drug and then beg your doctor to prescribe you some.
- Choice #2: You can order pure, pharmaceutical-grade Vinpocetine straight from Targeted Nutrients, right now, and see if it helps your condition as successfully as the authors of the above study say it will.
Of course, you should always check with your doctor or medical specialist first when undertaking any new treatment regimen, to make sure it’s right for you, and so your condition and its progress can be monitored.
How to Use Vinpocetine
Most clinical trials on Vinpocetine have involved the use of doses ranging from 10 to 30 mg. per day.
These studies have demonstrated that while lower doses of 10 to 20 mg. per day can be very helpful, in virtually every case it has been the 30 mg. per day dosage (i.e., 10 mg. taken three times a day) that has exerted the greatest therapeutic benefits.
While the beneficial effects of Vinpocetine are quite noticeable after only a few days of use (many people literally “feel the difference” the very first day), the full range of therapeutic benefits associated with Vinpocetine usage are often not derived until it has been used on a daily basis for a full 90 days.
In other words, while you’ll notice results almost immediately, but the effects actually get better and better over the course of the first 90 days of use.
Where to Find 99.9% Pure, Pharmaceutical-Grade Vinpocetine
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This is the same pure, high-grade European Vinpocetine that’s been demonstrated in clinical trials to boost memory, mental clarity and recall by up to 62%! And now it’s been demonstrated by researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center to act as a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent.
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Yours for true inflammation healing and relief, the safe, natural way…
Steve Barwick, President