MEMORY AND ENERGY ENHANCEMENT
Several years ago I discovered Cognitol, celastrus paniculatus (OM-CHI Herbs, www.omchiherbs.com), an herb mentioned in ancient Indian literature as an intelligence promoter. The seed oil has been studied adequately to prove its safety. Dosages of up to 400 mg/kg showed no side effects and up to 5 grams/kg (1500 times the clinical dose) produced no neurotoxic effects. Interestingly it has been reported to serve as a tranquilizer for the nervous system, while at the same time stimulating intellect and sharpening memory. Perhaps its calming of anxiety is the reason for improved learning and memory. It does not produce drowsiness. Among other benefits, Cognitol stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels and leads to increased levels of phospholipids in the brain. It has been shown to increase I.Q. in mentally retarded children. It deserves consideration as an afternoon pick-up as well as trials in multiple sclerosis patients.
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BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER, Keats Pub., 1998
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Om-Chi Herbs has combined several excellent herbs in GPA. Ganoderma lucidum, better known as Reishi mushroom, clinically inhibits growth of harmful bacteria and enhances immune function, increasing production of RNA and DNA in bone marrow. It stimulates the production of interferon-1 and-2. It may decrease food sensitivities and is an excellent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
Polygonum Multiflora (Fo Ti or Shou Wu Chi)
I first discovered Shou Wu Chi over ten years ago. It is believed to prevent premature aging, while maintaining body strength and stamina. I have used it for years and like its chi energizing effects.
Finally, GPA includes Astralgus membranaceus, another general energy or chi strengthening herb. It enhances macrophage activity and increases killer cell activity. It strengthens immune function while inhibiting autoimmune conditions. It is hundreds of times stronger in antioxidant activity than grape seed extract.
THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF THE CHINESE TONIC HERBS, Warner Books, 1998.
MEM-FOR—3 Om-Chi Herbs for memory Ginkgo biloba is one of the best known memory enhancers, with improvement in short-term memory as well as learning rate. It decreases platelet aggregation, so it should not be taken with coumadin and should be stopped a week before elective surgery.
Gota kola (centella asiatica) is also reasonable well known as a stimulant for memory and may enhance immune function.
Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha)
Known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is especially recommended for nervous exhaustion and it has been helpful in an animal model for Alzheimer's disease.
THE AYURVEDIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, NATURAL SECRETS TO HEALING PREVENTION AND LONGEVITY.
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Another Om-Chi product, this one combines:
Panax Ginseng-Ginseng is well known for its anti-fatigue, energy enhancing properties.
Cordyceps Sinensis-another of the natural tonics said to be equivalent to ginseng.
Withania Somnifera-described in Mem-For
Royal Jelly-one of the great longevity enhancing products
The bottom line:
Everyone is unique and has individual responses and needs. I personally have explored all these products and find them useful. I think they are much superior to coffee for energy restoration, without over stimulation. If you need energy, stamina, and/or memory enhancement, then I suggest you try each separately for two to 4 weeks and explore the benefits. Obviously you may combine them but then you would not know which is most effective. Once you have explored individual products, you may wish to try combinations. All seem reasonable and safe. Remember to be cautious of Ginkgo if you are on coumadin.