Galantamine is a natural Nootropic supplement that promotes relaxation, lucid dreaming, REM sleep and is also thought to improve memory.
What is Galantamine?
Galantamine is Nootropic supplement that is used to promote relaxation after a stressful day. It is also thought to be a sleep aid and to improve mental performance.
It is an alkaloid, which is a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds that are produced from plants, bacteria, fungi and animals. Galantamine comes from the flowers and bulbs of a plant called Galanthus Caucasicus.
These compounds can be synthetically produced and were discovered in the Soviet Union back in the 1950’s.
It has been used for decades there and in Eastern Europe to treat disorders of the central nervous system including myasthenia, myopathy and sensory and motor dysfunction.
It is also approved in Austria to alleviate certain symptoms of Muscular dystrophy (MD).
Benefits of Galantamine
This supplement is thought to be used to sharpen our mind, promote relaxation and induce deep sleep (REM sleep).
REM sleep is an important factor for our memory because it is in that state when our short-term memory converts the information into long-term memory.
Galantamine promotes a good nights deep sleep, allowing users to relax quickly by reducing levels of anxiety and stress and waking up more refreshed and alert.
Also, REM sleep allows our body to restore itself and it helps to improve overall cognitive function including our concentration, focus, ability to make decisions easier and lengthening our attention span.
It is also used as a popular Nootropic supplement due to it’s benefits that may improve memory, overall cognition and learning capacity.
Galantamine allows the brain to form new neural connections and to adjust them to changes in both environment and situations. This is an important factor for learning capacity and adaptability.
It is considered so effective, that it is approved in the United States by the FDA to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This includes improvement in memory and judgment, alleviating confusion and improving the ability to perform daily tasks.
Also, there is some evidence that suggests that Galantamine may help symptoms of ADD and ADHD, some forms of dementia and age related cognitive decline.
This supplement is also used to promote lucid dreaming and out of body experiences.
How does Galantamine Work?
Galantamine is thought to increase the circulation and release of Acetylcholine in the brain and at the same time, it is thought to reduce Acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that terminates synaptic transmission.
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter or chemical that our nervous system releases to activate muscles. In the brain, it serves as a neurotransmitter that sends signals between the neurons that play an important role in memory function, attention and motivation.
Galantamine is thought to bind to Acetylcholine receptors and make this neurotransmitter more responsive.
Galantamine is also thought to release other neurotransmitters including epinephrine and norepinephrine which enhance memory, focus and alertness. In the body, it also increases blood flow to the muscles.
Galantamine Side Effects
Galantamine has shown to have very few side effects if any at all. Some people may have allergic reactions to this supplement and it may be the cause of some mild side effects that have been reported including;
- Lack of appetite
- Swelling of the mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue use and speak to with your doctor right away.
It is always recommended to start at the lowest dosage possible to be able to gauge your body’s effect and see what works best for you.
This is a very concentrated Nootropic and does not require a high dosage to be effective. It has a half life of approximately 7 hours.
The general dosage reported is between 4mg-12mg in total within a day.
These are just guidelines. If you have any concerns or questions, speak to your doctor first.