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Your brain works better after two days of vinpocetine
Vinpocetine, the legal smart drug, also works in normal, healthy people. In 1985 psychologists at the University of Leeds published the results of a study which suggest that this is the case. It's on of the very few studies about the effect of vinpocetine on healthy people that we've managed to find.
Much research has been done on vinpocetine, but most of the studies involve basic research. Nearly all the human studies we've managed to unearth involve people with calcified blood vessels in the brain or patients who are recovering from a stroke.
In these people vinpocetine boosts the supply of blood to the brains and improves memory functions. [Arzneimittelforschung. 1976;26(10a):1947-50.]
The subjects took one dose at 8 o'clock in the morning and the other at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
At the end of the two days the researchers tested the women's brain functioning by getting them to recognise combinations on a computer screen.
So how would team players, drivers or students taking exams react to vinpocetine? We don't know. We were unable to find studies that can tell us.