Maximize Your Brain Power: DMAE
DMAE and Brain Stimulation
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol), also known as Deanol, has become popular among brain stimulants. It is found in “brain foods” such as anchovies and sardines. Small amounts of DMAE occur naturally in the brain. It apparently stimulates the production of choline, which in turn alters the levels of acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter we discussed). Research has shown that DMAE elevates mood, improves memory and learning, increases intelligence, and extends life span.
In one clinical trial by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, patients received DMAE for chronic fatigue and mild to moderate depression. DMAE produced an increase in physical energy, personality improvements, and better sleep for those with insomnia.
Another study reported in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics showed that DMAE subjects had an increase in mental concentration and muscle tone after six weeks of taking the substance. The subjects reported more daytime energy, greater attentiveness at lectures, sounder sleep, and better ability to concentrate on writing papers or studying.
DMAE is available in liquid or capsule form. No serious side effects have been reported. Those who take initial high doses may experience dull headaches, insomnia, tenseness in the muscles, but these symptoms subside when the dose is lowered.
- Pfeiffer, Carl C., et al. "Stimulant Effect of 2-Dimethyl-l-aminoethanol: Possible Precursor of Brain Acetylcholine." Science 126 (1957): 610–611.
- Murphree, H. B., et al. "The Stimulant Effect of 2-Dimethylaminoethanol (Deanol) in Human Volunteer Subjects." Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 1 (1960): 303–310.
- Pelton, Ross, M.D., Ph.D. Mind Food & Smart Pills. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 1989, pages 76–79.
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