What is Vinpocetine?

Another member of the nootropic family, vinpocetine is traditionally derived from the Periwrinkle plant (scientific name: Vinca minor). A pretty plant that has purple flowers and is often used in home gardens, it also has health and medicinal benefits.

What are the Benefits of Vinpocetine?

It is thought to have the following health effects:

  • Improves blood flow to brain
  • Enhances memory
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions that affect the memory and learning as people age
  • Prevents and reduces the chance of disability and death from ishemic stroke
  • Is used to treat symptoms of menopause
  • Used in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Used in seizure disorders
  • Prevents motion sickness

How Does Vinpocetine Work?


Vinpocetine is said to enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. When it enters the body, it enters the blood stream quickly, making its way to the brain where it effects the brain cells, vessels and blood stream. Evidence has shown that it provides neuroprotection and reduces inflammation in the brain.

Vinpocetine also works by hindering an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 1 (PDE1) and decreasing levels of intracellular calcium. This causes the brain vessels to relax and enables more blood to flow through.  Blood flow in the brain is important to preventing cellular damage.

How Is It Used?

Vinpocetine has been used in European and Asian countries for a couple decades. It is sold under a prescription in Germany called Cavinton and often referred to generically as that name. It is sometimes used by health care providers through an IV to treat seizure disorders and stroke, especially ishemic stroke.

vinpocetineIt is often use off-label by individuals in the form of a supplement to improve cognitive function and improve and increase blood flow to the brain. People who take it experience the following benefits:

  • Enhanced energy, focus and memory
  • Netraulizes free radicals and oxidative damage
  • Increases neurotransmitter impulses, which improves memory function, learning capacity and speed of recall.


We are big fans of nootropic here at Anti-Aging Central. Vinpocetine is another nootropic that is being used widely and research for its benefits are growing. There has been no serious reported side effects in the last couple decades it has been used making it an excellent nootropic to add to your anti-aging regime.



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