NoöRacetam™ is LifeLink’s brand of piracetam. It is a noötropic supplement — that is, a cognitive enhancer that facilitates learning and improves memory. Piracetam also happens to improve blood circulation.
Piracetam has been in clinical and popular use in Europe and elsewhere since the early 1970s — but not in the U.S., thanks to the efforts of government agencies to ‘dumb down’ the U.S. public. Nevertheless, many Americans have quietly imported small quantities from Europe for their own use. Now, at last, this supplement can be bought freely in the U.S.
During its more than 30 years of use in Europe, piracetam has been used to treat a variety of conditions, and benefits have been reported in the following areas:
- cognitive enhancement
- lipofuscin build-up (a cause of aging)
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- deep vein thrombosis
- tardive dyskinesia
Mechanism of action.
Piracetam’s effects on both nerve cells and on blood may be explained by the fact that it alters the properties of cell membranes. Such a changes would affect the function of various proteins that reside in these membranes — proteins such as ion channels in nerve cell membranes, and metabolic enzymes in mitochondrial membranes — and could also improve the ability of blood cells to pass through small veins and capillaries.
Piracetam has an excellent reputation for being nontoxic. Many clinical studies have shown this supplement to be safe to use, even in ridiculously high doses. Human oral doses as high as 45 grams during 12 hours have been reported to be without ill effects.
This supplement won’t turn a dimwit into a genius, but it can sharpen anyone’s ability to learn, think, and remember. Having it available in the U.S. is a major breakthrough!
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New research finds that an increase in brain magnesium improves learning and memory in young and old rats. The study, published in the January 28th issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that increasing magnesium intake may be a valid strategy to enhance cognitive abilities and supports speculation that inadequate levels of magnesium impair cognitive function, leading to faster deterioration of memory in aging humans.
Diet can have a significant impact on cognitive capacity. Identification of dietary factors which have a positive influence on synapses, the sites of communication between neurons, might help to enhance learning and memory and prevent their decline with age and disease. Professor Guosong Liu, Director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, led a study examining whether increased levels of one such dietary supplement, magnesium, boosts brain power.
“Magnesium is essential for the proper functioning of many tissues in the body, including the brain and, in an earlier study, we demonstrated that magnesium promoted synaptic plasticity in cultured brain cells,” explains Dr. Liu. “Therefore it was tempting to take our studies a step further and investigate whether an increase in brain magnesium levels enhanced cognitive function in animals.”
Because it is difficult to boost brain magnesium levels with traditional oral supplements, Dr. Liu and colleagues developed a new magnesium compound, magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) that could significantly increase magnesium in the brain via dietary supplementation. They used MgT to increase magnesium in rats of different ages and then looked for behavioral and cellular changes associated with memory.
“We found that increased brain magnesium enhanced many different forms of learning and memory in both young and aged rats,” says Dr. Liu. A close examination of cellular changes associated with memory revealed an increase in the number of functional synapses, activation of key signaling molecules and an enhancement of short- and long-term synaptic processes that are crucial for learning and memory.
The authors note that the control rats in this study had a normal diet which is widely accepted to contain a sufficient amount of magnesium, and that the observed effects were due to elevation of magnesium to levels higher than provided by a normal diet.
“Our findings suggest that elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake might be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities,” explains Dr. Liu. “Moreover, half the population of industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging. This may very well contribute to age-dependent memory decline; increasing magnesium intake might prevent or reduce such decline.”