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Source Naturals Vinpocetine Review – 8 Things You May Not Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Synopsis | Ingredients | Pros & Cons | Warnings | Cost | Directions | Conclusion

Vinpocetine by Source Naturals is a dietary supplement designed to improve cognitive performance and reduce short-term memory loss associated with aging or stress.The product’s beneficial effects on memory and mental alertness are the result of an increased blood flow in the brain.

Source Naturals is the manufacturer of this formula. The company has been established in 1982, in UK. It has entered the pharmaceuticals market with a new type of nutritional supplements which combined a variety of nutrients and herbs (called Wellness Formula).

Vinpocetine is a synthetic compound derived from vincamine, an extract of Vinca minor plant.Source Naturals’ formula is advertised as a one ingredient product, which is Vinpocetine. Animal studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in the activation of cerebral metabolism.


1) Vinpocetine at a Glance

Vinpocetine from Source Naturals is a synthetic based formula containing a single active ingredient, which is Vinpocetine. Vinpocetine is the plant extract derivate of vincamine.

Vinpocetine has been used as a prescription drug in Europe since 1960 to treat cerebrovascular disorders, age-related memory impairment, to enhance short-term memory and treat tinnitus. In America, Vinpocetine is less known and is sold as a dietary supplement in drug stores, health food stores and online.Vinpocetine is believed to support blood flow circulation, including in the brain, resulting in improvement of memory related processes and cerebral metabolism.

Clinical trials did not report any concerning harmful side effects.Vinpocetine can cause stomach upset if taken on an empty stomach. Thus, the recommended dose is 1 tablet 1 to 3 times daily, with food.


2) Details on Vinpocetine Ingredients and Uses

Vinpocetine contains the following ingredients: Vinpocetine, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate.

3) Does Vinpocetine Work?

Vinpocetine Intelectol is an herbal supplement that is promoted as a natural means of improving the memory and mental alertness. The ingredient Vinpocetine has been widely used in many supplements of this nature. It is believed to help with improving the flow of blood through the brain which is associated with alertness and memory.

Vinpocetine Intelectol doesn’t contain any caffeine or artificial stimulants. It can cause upset stomach, though, if it is taken without food for some consumers. The daily dose should never exceed three tablets as that can create an irritation for the stomach lining.

This product isn’t recommended for anyone that is taking various medications including blood thinners. It is advised to let your doctor know you are using Vinpocetine Intelectol if they are going to prescribe any medications for you. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding aren’t a good candidate for the utilization of this supplement.

Consumers are interested in an affordable supplement that is natural for them to be sharp mentally. They may consider Vinpocetine Intelectol as a means of making that occur. However, there are quite a few different reasons why a person may have diminished memory or focus that don’t have to do with the aging process.

Some of the positive things they have to say about it are the following:

Memory is improving
I don’t forget what I walked into a room to get any more
I feel more focused and alert
I don’t feel wiped out at the end of the day

Pros & Cons

4) Vinpocetine: Pros and Cons

  • Single active ingredient
  • The active ingredient has been the subject of several clinical studies
  • No side effects reported
  • Good reviews from consumers
  • Reasonable price for a month’s supply (approximately $10)

5) Vinpocetine Product Warnings

  • Not FDA approved
  • May interact with blood thinning medications.

6) How Much Does Vinpocetine Cost?

The cost per bottle of Vinpocetine Intelectol is $9.75 for 60 tablets and $17.50 for 120 tablets. The daily recommended dose is from 1 to 3 tablets per day. This is enough for a range of 2 months or 20 days with the smaller bottle depending on how many of them are taken per day. The cost of shipping depends on location and shipping method. There is a calculation tool online to help you find out.

There are also local retailers that offer Vinpocetine Intelectol. You can enter your zip code on the website and get the locations close to you. The price may vary at such places, but you may wish to see if they are less or the same as buying online. You can also save on the shipping costs by getting this supplement locally.


7) Directions For Taking Vinpocetine

The supplement is not recommended for people with low blood pressure, who have a history of heart problems, suffered from strokes or are using blood-thinning medications without the prior consent of the healthcare professional.


8) Conclusion

Vinpocetine is marketed as a support for a better cerebral metabolism. Its core benefits are improvement of short-term memory and cognitive performance (concentration). The products sole active ingredient is Vinpocetine, a synthetic compound derived from a herbal extract.

Vinpocetine has been the subject of some short-term clinical studies with no conclusive results. However very little side effects have been reported: mild stomach pain (which is common to people taking herbs).Some consumers have reported low immune functions after taking Vinpocetine for longer periods.

Similar products have been widely marketed in Europe and Japan for over 60 years, as supplements for vasodilation and as a nootropic (neuro enhancer) for the improvement of memory.

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