Galantamine has been assessed by more than 90 clinical trials in order to prove its impact on autism, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease, among other.
Galantamine is a nitrogen containing elements that can be extracted synthetically or directly from the bulbs and flowers of Galanthus caucasicus (Caucasian snowdrop), Voronov’s snowdrop, Galanthus woronowii, Daffodil (Narcissus) and red spider lily (Lycoris radiata).
This compound has been used for decades in Russia and Eastern Europe in order to treat muscular weakness, and sensory and motor dysfunction associated with the problems of the central nervous system.
Galantamine can be purchased as Nivalin, Razadyne, Razadyne ER, Reminyl and Lycoremine, being successfully used in treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and multiple other memory impairments.
Health Benefits of Galantamine
Galantamine Improves Cognitive Function
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition that manifests through loss of cognitive function in time. Those who suffer from MCI complain about memory failure. In one study, sufferers have been given Galantamine (4 mg twice per day, for 7 days). After the treatment, the users showed an increased performance on memory tasks.
In another similar study, it was shown that patients suffering from MCI has improved episodic memory and decreased reaction times.
Galantamine is able to limit the cognitive decline that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It has been shown, the effect can persist up to 36 months, which suggests that there is long term potential for Galantamine’s use.
Galantamine Reduces Inflammation
Galantamine is able to decrease the brain inflammation by activating the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway, which is one of the basic anti-inflammatory pathways that acts as a shield to protect the body from extended exposure to systemic inflammation.
Galantamine is a Natural Antioxidant
It is known that oxidative stress can cause many health problems in the human body, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Down’s syndrome, diabetes and cancer. Galantamine is just the answer to this major issue, since it can protect the cells from oxidative stress.
Galantamine Protects Against Toxins
In a study conducted on rats, Galantamine was shown to safeguard the rodents from the endotoxins in the blood, by decreasing the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and Myeloperoxidase activity.
Galantamine May Treat Diabetes
Because it is able to improve the insulin signaling pathways, Galantamine offers anti-diabetic action.
According to a recent study, Galantamine has shown its abilities to decrease the production of anti-insulin antibodies, delay the high blood sugar, and reduce the immune cell activity in the pancreas in mice that suffered from type-1 diabetes.
Galantamine May Treat Obesity
In a study conducted on mice with high-fat-diet-induced obesity, it was found that the administration of Galantamine reduces inflammation, body weight, cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance.
Galantamine Induces Lucid Dreams
A lucid dream is when you are aware of the fact that you are dreaming and you often have the control of your dreams. Galantamine is able to increase the lucidity in dreams, by enhancing the levels of acetylcholine in the brain and modifying the cholinergic system.
Galantamine can Relieve Symptoms of Autism
When Galantamine together with Risperidone are administered to autistic children, can improve symptoms of autism such as social withdrawal, irritability, and lethargy.
Galantamine May Help Treat Schizophrenia
Galantamine may countervail the harmful effects of kynurenic acid, which can cause cognitive problems that are characteristic to schizophrenia.
Galantamine Relieves Arthritis
It has been proved that galantamine is able to remove the arthritis inflammation in rats with low testosterone.
Galantamine May Help You Quit Smoking
Alcoholics who were administered galantamine on a daily basis, smoked fewer cigarettes on fewer days compared to those who were given a placebo.
Galantamine Offers Protection Against Brain Trauma
ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is a treatment applied to psychotic patients, who have not responded to medicines, but it leads to cognitive impairment. Researchers found that when galantamine is administered during and after treatment with ECT, it actually protects against a loss of learning abilities.
Galantamine Side Effects
Galantamine includes common side effects such as weakness, muscle cramps, skin problems, cardio-respiratory events, and urinary incontinence. Also, Galantamine interacts with certain drugs (that are metabolized through the same liver pathway), causing health problems.