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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Apoaequorin | Prevagen | Brain Health

A new molecule, apoaequorin (the protein component of aequorin), reportedly helps the brain use calcium, boosting cerebral efficiency. The molecule is available in an over-the-counter product, Prevagen. The site indicates benefits include improved mental clarity, clearer decision-making, better memory, and greater ability to focus. Dr. Frederic J. Vagnini said it helped him write an article and (in the same way Balzac was helped by coffee) enabled him to overcome writer's block and be efficient. The site, however, presents mainly links to Wikipedia and a university's homepage (the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, not any study done by it), and no studies showing effectiveness with human subjects. We welcome more information about this product and believe more research is warranted.

  1. Frederic J. Vagnini radio broadcast in New York August 24, 2008.
  2. Science page of Prevagen Web site.
  3. UWM Psychology Researcher Supports a Graduate's Biotech Startup. (Accessed Aug. 24, 2008.)
  4. Research Supports Drug Development From a Jellyfish Protein. (Accessed Aug. 24, 2008.)


R A Miranda, MD said...

I am a physician who just spoke with a patient experiencing dysphoria, mood disturbance, elevated blood pressure, occasional unexplained visual disturbance, and bouts of lethargy. She's been using Prevagen regularly for about 4 months to help memory and likes "the effects it gave me".
I suspect she's having some disturbance of neurotransmitters, similar to what would be expected with using other stimulants.
Any body have any experience with this substance or similar effects in users?

Tyler said...

I have been using Prevagen for a little while now. I'm a 22 year old college student. I find that it helps me to concentrate comparable to a over the counter Adderall without the "speedy" side effects for people without ADD.

Tyler said...

Also, as a side note. I don't use this drug regularly. I use it before mid terms, reports and things that require more concentration than the average day daily agenda.