Muira Puama and Brain HealthAlso known as Ptychopetalum olacoides, muira puama may be one of the most powerful neuroprotective herbs on the planet. Muira puama contains compounds that have been shown to support memory in mice. Water extracts of the plant have also been shown to support normal brain function. Although not conclusive and by no means should it be assumed as a definitive solution for Alzheimer's, one study did report positive effects on some of the indications of the disease.  Regardless, some researchers believe that muira puama has a place in the approach to dealing with brain degeneration.
Supplementing With Muira PuamaBe aware that I'm not suggesting muira puama is the end-all, be-all for brain support. There are a number of factors to consider and muira puama is only one potential piece of the puzzle. If you choose to look further into it for yourself, it does seem that extracts provide the plant’s potent compounds in a higher concentration and combining it with other herbs to support brain health may even enhance the effects.
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