What is Intelectol?
Intelectol is a single ingredients formula based on Vinpocetine. Vinpocetine is a semi synthetic chemically processed derivative alkaloid of Vincamine, an extract from the periwinkle plant.
Vinpocetine has been the topic of numerous research studies and clinical trials. Evidence suggests that it works by dilating blood vessels hence improving blood circulation in the brain and facilitating cerebral metabolism. Also, it increases the consumption of oxygen and glucose by the neurons, as well as the concentration of neurotransmitters essential to memory formation process.
Other potential uses of Vinpocetine include anti-inflammatory effects (may reduce lung inflammation), hair loss treatment, eye and ears conditions and vertigo. Its cognitive abilities is however why it is most often prescribed. Current research is focusing on determining if and to what extent Vinpocetine may help treat memory impairment associated conditions, such as Alzheimer’s.
Vinpocetine is generally well tolerated by patients and has few reported side effects. The most common side effects reported so far are stomach nausea, pain, sleep disturbances, dizziness, headache and nervousness. Also, it may slow blood clotting, hence increase the risk of bleeding.