Vinpocetine (Vinpocetin)

Vinpocetine is a synthetic compound derivative of vincamine, an alkaloid derived from the plant vinca minor, and a member of the periwinkle family. Vinpocetine, as well as vincamine, are used in many regions of Europe, Japan, and Mexico for cerebrovascular and cognitive disorders. In the United States, vinpocetine is available in different forms as a dietary supplement. It is often referred to as a nootropic or cognition enhancer.

Vinpocetine appears to have antioxidant effects equivalent to those of vitamin E, enhances blood flow, and may be beneficial to brain function and age-related cognitive decline. Additionally, vinpocetine has a number of other possible beneficial health effects, including increasing cerebral blood flow, increasing metabolism, anticonvulsant, cognition enhancement, and neuroprotection. Vincamine, the parent compound used to produce vinpocetine, is believed by many researchers to be a cerebral vasodilator.


While there is no recommended dosage for vinpocetine, researchers have typically used 30 to 60 mg per day of vinpocetine in their studies. Taking vinpocetine with food appears to dramatically improve its absorption.