DMAE: Supports healthy brain function including memory, learning and mood.
• Promotes feelings of well-being and relaxation.
• Fights memory loss due to ageing
• Supports memory and learning ability
• Stabilises emotions and increases energy
• Alleviates or prevents symptoms of depression
• Eliminates "liver spots" (lentigo)
What is DMAE?
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) is an antioxidant and a naturally occuring amino alcohol that is produced in minuscule amounts by the brain. DMAE can also be found in higher concentrations in anchovies and sardines. Known primarily as a precursor to choline and acetylcholine (chemicals in the brain responsible for nerve transmissions and cognitive function), DMAE has been used most predominantly to improve memory and focus while stimulating neural activity.
Many researchers believe that it may serve an anti-ageing function by increasing the body's capacity to produce acetylcholine - a deficiency commonly associated with memory loss.
Why take DMAE?
• Mood: DMAE is a mood elevator, counteracting depression and bad moods, and raising and improving cognitive functions like memory and concentration. Physicians monitoring patients on DMAE have reported them to be more upbeat and exhibiting greater mental acuity. Those who regularly take DMAE have reported both sleeping more soundly and being more energetic when awake.
• Brain Health: DMAE is useful in many different parts of the brain. For one, DMAE helps to protect cell membranes in the brain. By playing a major role in the manufacturing of acetylcholine, a substance responsible for healthy mental functioning, DMAE stops cell deterioration, which can help prevent premature ageing. DMAE may also treat autism, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, memory deficits, depression, and dementia.
• Skin Care: One of DMAE's most promising benefits is that, by stopping the manufacture of arachidonic acid, which can lead to wrinkles and ageing of the skin, DMAE promotes healthy skin. Arachidonic acid production can be stopped by taking a DMAE supplement.
• Lentigo: One of the most dramatic and well-documented effects of DMAE is its ability to inhibit the formation of ageing pigment (lipofuscin) — the brownish pigment that causes “liver spots” (lentigo) on the backs of the hands of many people over 50 years of age. Lipofuscin is believed to be formed by the inefficient metabolism of fatty acids, and its accumulation in the cells is one of the most obvious and regularly reported cytological (cellular) changes with age. Lipofuscin accumulates with age in all body tissues—especially, the heart, muscles, kidneys, nerves and brain. Although no known adverse effects are known to result from lipofuscin accumulation, it certainly does no good, acting as “intracellular garbage.” Even if it is not harmful, lipofuscin is often cosmetically unacceptable. DMAE not only can prevent the formation of lipofuscin, but it also actually flushes it from the body. Many people gauge the rate of lipofuscin removal from their hearts and brains by watching their “liver spots” disappear with long-term supplementation of DMAE. It usually takes about six months for significant changes to take place—with many spots resolving completely.
Which scientific studies give evidence to support this?
A recent study in Germany evaluated the effects of DMAE in subjects suffering from borderline emotional disturbance and depression, using a combination of EEG (electroencephalogram) and psychometric testing. The scientists found that DMAE use results in decreased theta and alpha1 waves, characteristic of increased vigilance and attention. In addition, the subjects reported increased activity and better mood. The authors concluded that DMAE induces a psychophysiological state of enhanced well being as corroborated by mood analysis and brain electrical activity.
A variation of DMAE is marketed as the drugs Deaner and Deanol. Numerous studies have shown that these drugs help people with learning problems, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and memory and behavioral problems. In one survey by Dr. Bernard Rimland from the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, Deaner was found to be almost twice as effective in treating children with ADD than the widely used drug Ritalin, without the side effects.
How much should be taken and are there any side effects?
DMAE is non-toxic and is safe for human use. However, it is recommended that label directions always be followed. Taking too much DMEA can result in insomnia, headaches and muscle tension. Persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease, depression, or other psychiatric conditions should consult a doctor prior to supplementing with DMAE.
Warnings: Do not take DMAE if you have a seizure disorder or manic depression, as it could worsen these conditions.