Do you feel that you have lost some of your mental focus?
Do you have more trouble concentrating than when you were younger?
Are so-called “senior moments” happening more often?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, join the crowd. As the baby boom generation enters their senior years, a grim reality emerges: they ain't what they used to be.
Tasks that used to be routine are gradually becoming more challenging.
These senior moments can lead to feelings of frustration...despair...and fear. Yes, fear.
Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia are the most feared afflictions of older adults, with good reason.
These mental diseases rob seniors of their independence...their dignity...their hard-earned savings...and eventually strips them of their very humanity.
To fight this impending train wreck, many people are diligently exercising and challenging their minds: doing crossword puzzles, taking courses in new topics, learning to play a musical instrument or speak a foreign language, eating cleanly, and working out.
These are powerful, beneficial steps in the right direction. If you are doing any of these things, great...keep it up.
If you're not, get busy and save your brain.
However, there is another way to improve your cognitive ability: feed your brain the nutrients it needs to retain its youthful sharpness.
And this is where DMAE comes into the equation.
What is DMAE?
DMAE is known chemically as dimethyl-amino-ethanol. DMAE has been made accessible for decades by people interested in refocusing, repairing, and recharging their brains.
DMAE is an antioxidant and a precursor of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine (ACh). Acetylcholine is responsible for feelings of well-being and relaxation.
DMAE helps many people get to sleep and have lucid dreams.
DMAE is available in supplement form, and can be consumed orally, or used topically as a cream.
Many people have experienced a slight stimulant effect from DMAE, but it is nothing like the rush from excess caffeine, methamphetamine, or other stimulant drugs.
It is far from a quick pick-up, followed by a quick come-down.
Many have stated that after taking DMEA for three to four weeks, they experience a mild stimulation continually.
DMAE can also temper mood, ease behavioral problems, and help calm down our children.
In today's public school systems, especially at grade school levels, behavior that a few decades ago would have earned the command “Go stand in the corner” now provokes the phrase of “take this pill.”
Unfortunately, the prescription drugs forced down our kid's throats (Ritalin and other related drugs) are potentially dangerous.
Consequently, concerned parents and researchers are looking at more natural approaches like DMAE. Here are a few study conclusions:
- In one study, 50 hyperactive kids showed improvement in just ten weeks.
- Another study showed children with learning disabilities did better in concentration and skill tests with this nutrient.
- Eighty people consumed DMAE for another survey and showed greater attentiveness, were more active, and had a greater sense of well-being.
- In another study, consisting of 25 girls and 83 boys, led by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of the Brain-Bio Center in Princeton, New Jersey, DMAE improved the behavior in 2/3 of the boys and ¾ of the girls. Hyperactivity was significantly reduced, attention spans increased, irritability lessened, grades improved, and in some cases, IQ was raised. This was accomplished without drugs!
Similar results were produced in a 1975 study, which showed that DMAE at 500 mg daily was as effective as Ritalin.
DMAE is effective in treating a wide variety of illnesses and conditions associated with the brain and the central nervous system.
DMAE is vital to correct brain functioning.
It can improve your mood, increase your awareness and attention, give you more mental energy and prevent confusion and brain fog.
It is also used in cosmetic products to reduce the signs of aging.
Here are a few more of the benefits of DMAE:
- Treating attention deficient disorder (ADHD).
- Ratcheting up brainpower and strengthening memory.
- Elevating mood and lessening the debilitating effects of depression.
- Combating Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Elderly persons are at increased risk of developing depression. The onset of depression in elderly populations can be caused by many factors. DMAE can help alleviate or prevent symptoms of depression because of its ability to stabilize emotions and increase energy.
- Boosting energy and athletic performance. Increased energy levels are something that athletes require. High-intensity physical activity is very demanding. By supplementing with DMAE, athletes may experience shorter recovery times and improved athletic performance. DMAE also plays a role in muscle contractions (by being a precursor to ACh).
- Slowing production of arachidonic acid, which causes wrinkles and accelerated skin aging. Anecdotal evidence indicates that DMAE may also have the ability to reduce facial sag. While it is not a "facelift in a bottle," DMAE can serve to tighten the skin when applied topically. This may reduce signs of aging. There are two possible reasons for this.
- First, DMAE may enhance water retention in connective skin tissue, which will cause the surface to tighten.
- Second, DMAE increases acetylcholine, which improves the neurotransmitter's ability to send signals from nerves to muscles, which may promote a form of muscle tightening in the skin. DMAE can also lessen the effects of age spots, also known as “liver spots.”
- Alleviate the adverse side effects that the brain typically suffers following decades of alcohol abuse.
- Counter the symptoms associated with long-term use of antipsychotic drugs.
- Have positive benefits for dreaming.
- Increase motivation and focus.
- Scavenge free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or unpaired atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and form when oxygen interacts with specific molecules. When they interact with healthy cell membranes, damage to the cellular structure occurs.
- The result? A plethora of chronic, severe diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and accelerated aging. DMAE has been shown to diminish the level of water-insoluble, cross-linked protein fractions that increase with age in the brain. This cross-linkage is believed to be caused by free radicals. DMAE protects from their assault.
- Enhanced planning and decision-making abilities.
How DMAE Works
DMAE is found naturally in your brain. It supports the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that keeps us thinking clearly. The problem? As with so many health conditions, as you age your DMAE levels drop off a cliff. However, research has shown that boosting these lowered levels can help improve concentration.
The problem? As with so many health conditions, as you age your DMAE levels drop off a cliff. However, research has shown that boosting these lowered levels can help improve concentration.
DMAE is a precursor to the B-vitamin choline, which is thought to be a potent brain chemical and neurotransmitter. Choline is used by the body for many vital functions such as cell membrane integrity and the healthy function of neurotransmitters known as acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is an organic molecule that acts as a neurotransmitter and works directly with the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Increasing the production of acetylcholine has been shown to improve our brain's ability to concentrate and make decisions far more logically.
Debilitating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are connected to the loss of brain cells that produce acetylcholine.
DMAE replaces this chemical naturally and can ease these horrific symptoms.
DMAE and choline also boost oxygen levels in the blood, which improves circulation and promotes healthy cell functioning in both the brain and the rest of the body.
In fact, studies have shown that DMAE can cross the blood-brain barrier more efficiently than choline itself, which allows it to reach the brain and increase the brain's choline levels.
DMAE speeds up the brain's synthesis and turnover of acetylcholine, which, as mentioned earlier, plays a crucial role in maintaining the brain's ability to function at its highest levels.
It is also thought that DMAE may work by suppressing choline metabolism in peripheral tissues, which allows more choline to accumulate in the blood, pass the blood-brain barrier, enter the brain, and stimulate the acetylcholine receptors.
Whether you’re attempting to increase athletic performance or just looking to add DMAE to enhance cognitive function, the doses can vary considerably.
Doses can start as low as 25mg and move up to 2,000mg. Most standardized DMAE is available in 50mg-150mg, while pills containing up to 600 mg are also available.
A good plan is to start with 100 mg and gradually work up to 300 mg. Some have used doses of up to 1,600 mg with no reported adverse effects.
As with other new supplements, start small and see how you feel and how you are responding before you increase your dosage. Everyone's biochemistry is different, and this is doubly so with any cognitive enhancer like DMAE.
To make sure you receive the maximum absorption, take DMAE with meals.
Only a few food sources contain DMAE: fish like salmon, anchovies, herring, and sardines.
Perhaps this is why fish has gained a reputation as a “brain food.”
This lack of food sources containing DMAE is why supplementing with DMAE is a must. It is challenging to obtain sufficient amounts of it through diet alone.
Another thing to consider is the dose-response curve.
With most nootropics (cognitive enhancers) and smart drugs, as dosage increases, memory increases – but only to a certain point. If the dosage increases, your memory may drop off. DMAE is no exception to this rule.
This is another reason to start small, and gradually increase the dose.
If taking DMAE with Centrophenoxine, reduce the dose of both, since they produce similar effects. There are no known symptoms of DMAE deficiency.
DMAE is considered safe and non-toxic when taken in the recommended amounts. It should be avoided by people with the following conditions:
- Bipolar disease/manic depression.
- Parkinson's disease.
- Seizure disorders.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing.
There are a few rare side effects of DMAE, but they are not considered dangerous: body odor, confusion, drowsiness, stomach discomfort, dull headaches, increased muscular tension, irritability, and moderate depression.
Also, overdosing with DMAE can result in insomnia, headaches, and muscle tension. However, these are reversible by either stopping use or reducing the dose.
Individuals with a PABA (Para-Amino-benzoic-acid) allergy should avoid supplementing with DMAE because DMAE is a chemical relative of PABA.
The best news? If DMAE use is discontinued, no depression or letdown occurs. Also, there are no known drug interactions.
So there you have it. The facts are in.
Scientific studies have proven that DMAE is a safe, natural, and efficient way to both protect your brain and boost its abilities.
DMAE has withstood the test of time and is still going strong. If you are determined to keep your brain functioning sharply, and warding off brain diseases, consider supplementing with DMAE.
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