As a follow up to my post on negative effects of Anesthesia especially on memory loss, etc., I thought I would do a post on Prevagen!
What exactly is Prevagen?
Prevagen (Pronounced: prev-uh-gen) is a new brain health supplement and functions unlike other brain or memory supplements.* Prevagen’s patented ingredient is a new use for a well-known protein called “apoaequorin” which was originally found in a certain species of jellyfish.
Where can you buy it?
It is available in most drugstores such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS etc. with more outlets being added almost daily.
What does the FDA think about the product?
NOT MUCH apparently. The have taken steps to shut down the production of Prevagen on the basis that it should be classified as a drug and come under FDA rules and guidelines. Although I do believe the FDA serves a purpose in their existence however one cannot help but think since Prevagen has been a huge success for Quincy BioScience and there are a LOT of $$ being made in the process, they tend to come down on the side of this needing to be classified as a DRUG so that the Pharmaceutical companies can patent this and consequently make HUGE profits of their own.
(THAT is a personal opinion based on a lot of personal research on prescription drugs over the years)
There is a negative review of Prevagen in the following LINK:
Like so many other brain power supplements that are on the market today, Prevagen claims to help improve memory and concentration. Supposedly, brain cells are protected from the effects of aging through apoaequorin, the active ingredient in Prevagen; in turn, memory loss is supposed to lessen and brain power is supposed to improve.
However, a little research reveals an interesting aspect to the Prevagen formulation. The Prevagen label lists a single active ingredient, apoaequorin, in a quantity of 10mg. Now, the company website offers some interesting clinical data on apoaequorin and its use as a brain support supplement. You can review this information for yourself at www.prevagen.com
You'd expect a memory loss supplement to contain ingredients that are associated with boosting brain power. Prevagen, however, does not contain a wide variety of active ingredients.
Most brain support supplements, whether they're tablets or capsules, hold 400-600 mg of powdered ingredients. However, each Prevagen capsule holds only 10mg of active ingredient. You can see this information on the Prevagen label pictured here: http://www.prevagen.com/files/bottle-ingredients.jpg
Apoaequorin is a calcium-binding protein is thought to help improve brain health and extend the life of individual brain cells. This single-ingredient approach overlooks the research supporting the benefits of many other ingredients including B vitamins, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, bacopa monnieri, vinpocetine and other herbal powerhouses.
Should You Buy Prevagen?
Prevagen is a fairly expensive product. Many memory loss products have much better deals to offer people who seriously want to put an end to their brain power issues. If you choose to spend your money on a brain support supplement, you may want to choose a product that contains a wider spectrum of active ingredients including B vitamins and the entire suite of effective herbals. You can decide for yourself whether you want to invest in Prevagen and its single active ingredient.
Prevagen (Pronounced: prev-uh-gen) is a new brain health supplement made by Quincy Bioscience and functions unlike other brain or memory supplements.* The main ingredient is a patented protein called “apoaequorin” which was originally found in a certain species of jellyfish.
Prevagen was tested in a large double-blind, placebo-controlled study using computers to assess brain performance. 218 adults over 40 years old participated in the three month study. Prevagen significantly improved learning and word recall.* Clinically tested and shown to improve mild memory problems that occur in aging.*
As we age, the body’s ability to naturally produce this protein slows down. When this happens you begin to lose about 30,000 brain cells every day, and may start to experience difficulty with memory, focus and concentration. Prevagen helps support brain cells by supplementing the proteins and supports healthier brain function.*
WHO IS RIGHT?I simply do not know.
AM I TAKING IT? NO, at least not at this point in time. I think the jury is still out on it. I do know a lot of companies I trust such as Swanson Vitamins etc. are now carrying the product and they have a reputation to protect, so I would assume they have done their homework in advance.
Depending on our age and gene pool, most of us are already on one or more prescription drugs with a long list of side effects and many have phraseology in the list of "May Be Fatal". Many senior citizens who would be among those interested in anything that might salvage memory loss and protect their brain function are already on anywhere from (1) to a dozen or more prescription drugs with a long list of dangerous, and debilitating and sometimes fatal side effects. Many seniors take comfort in knowing that the FDA is looking out for their best interests in approving these drugs.
In my last post, I made a connection between ANESTHESIA AND MEMORY LOSS and the pain killers, anesthesia etc. are all approved by the FDA. Something to think about and do more research on.
Prevagen might very well be a major break through in restoring one of mankind's most precious assest's and that is OUR MEMORY.