VincaClear Superior for Mental
Q Which is better for a healthy 37 year old,
Life Enhancement's Ginkgo biloba or VincaClear?
It seems to me that ginkgo is more "natural" and safer than vinpocetine
for mental enhancement, but I lack valid arguments. Thanks in advance for
your comments. I find your Q&A column of great help.
A Both vinpocetine and ginkgo
biloba help improve blood flow to the brain. According to the extensive
research available on vinpocetine -- far more extensive than many
drugs approved by the FDA -- it is by far superior in its ability to enhance
mental function than ginkgo, not to slight its valuable use. Vinpocetine
and ginkgo are alike in that they both positively effect hemodynamic
(bloodflow) functions. If by "natural" you mean something free from drug-like
side effects and safely metabolized by the body, then vinpocetine
is natural as well.1
Life Enhancement makes a formulation containing vinpocetine plus
ginkgo, called VincaHear.
For more information on the use and functional benefits of vinpocetine
and other complimentary nutrients see Life Enhancement's issues
for June, July,
Hope this helps,
- Miskolczi P. Kozma K, Polgar
M, Vereczkey L. Pharmacokinetics of vinpocetine and its main metabolite
apovincaminic acid before and after the chronic oral administration of
vinpocetine to humans. Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinet. 1990;15:1-5.