DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) – DMAE is normally present in small amounts in the brain and is known for its remarkable brain-enhancement effects. It is naturally occurring in anchovies and sardines – this may explain why fish has often been said to be a ‘brain-food’.

Brain Function – DMAE works by accelerating the brain’s synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which in turn plays a key role in maximising mental ability as well as in preventing loss of memory in ageing adults. DMAE has been shown to decrease the accumulation of lipofuscin (age spots) within the brain. DMAE is used for treating attention deficit disorder (ADD), enhancing memory and mood, boosting cognitive function, treating Alzheimer’s disease, increasing IQ and physical energy, improving athletic performance, delaying aging, improving red blood cell function, improving muscle reflex and increasing oxygen efficiency, extending life span, treating autism, and treating tardive dyskinesia.

Skin Health – DMAE acts as an antioxidant membrane stabiliser preventing the breakdown of the cell plasma membrane and protecting against free radical damage. DMAE inhibits and reverses the cross-linking of proteins and removes lipofuscin from the skin. DMAE in conjunction with the antioxidants vitamin C and lipoic acid can have a profound effect on skin health and vitality, including delaying ageing and liver spots.

x Ascorbyl Palmitate – Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and elastin and provides crucial antioxidant mechanisms for health, including skin protection. Ascorbyl palmitate is a form of vitamin C joined with a fatty acid derived from palm oil (palmitic acid). This is an ideal form of vitamin C for skin health as it is non-acidic, fat-soluble and is able to penetrate the cell plasma membrane, thus protecting against free radicals.

x Alfalfa, Spirulina, Bilberry blend – this base blend (natural excipient) mix of nutrient dense superfoods provides an ideal range of nutrients to support antioxidant protection and optimal cellular health. This blend is rich in trace minerals, carotenoids, anthocyanidins, chlorophyll, enzymes and more..

Dosage One to three capsules daily.

Potential applications Skin health – anti-ageing (wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, age spots, collagen damage, broken capillaries, acne, enlarged pores, under-eye bags and puffiness) Insulin resistance (syndrome X) and glycation conditions. Brain function – ADD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory, mood. FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY Blood sugar disorders, neuropathy, retinopathy, and other problems associated with glycation. Fatigue and sleep disorders – DMAE causes dreams to become more lucid (vivid). Both ALA and DMAE have been shown to increase the body’s production of energy.

Known contraindications None known. As a precaution, until further information is available, alpha lipoic acid and DMAE are not recommended for pregnant women.

Interactions ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS: Theoretically, concomitant use might decrease the effect of drugs with anticholinergic activity, due to the potential cholinergic activity of DMAE.

Useful links Skin Health – Zinc, EFAs, trace minerals (selenium), beta-carotene complex, pycnogenol/grapeseed Brain Function – EFAs, ginkgo biloba, vitamin E, trace minerals (selenium), L-glutamine, rhodiola

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