Celastrus as a Study Aid?

Dec 18, 2008 by

Celastrus as a Study Aid?There is building excitement among critical thinkers worldwide as word spreads about an amazing dietary supplement that naturally helps heighten cognitive function. Derived from an herb known scientifically as Celastrus paniculatus, Celastrus (for short) has been used medicinally for thousands of years in the Ayurvedic medical tradition of South Asia. Known in Ayurveda as jyotishmati kul, Celastrus seed has a number of uses: as an anti-inflammatory, to relieve pain and stress, to support kidney function, and even as a topical ointment for skin disorders. However, in the West, Celastrus is probably most well known as a brain tonic to improve memory and cognition.

There are a great many Celastrus fans who swear by this remarkable extract as a study aid, regardless of their academic level.  Reports vary widely, from college students taking Celastrus as they cram for finals, doctors who use it to assist them in studying for medical board exams, and future lawyers who employ it as they are trying to pass the bar exam. Converts to Celastrus as a study aid claim it helps keep them focused on their work while improving their ability to absorb and organize information. Celastrus has proven to be a boon to many kinds of intellectual work, including verbal composition, memorization, and complex problem solving.

Experiments on the memory-enhancing properties of Celastrus paniculatus in trials with mice have revealed that administering celastrus seed oil chronically (for several days, on average 2 weeks or 14 days) could reverse impairment in spatial memory, enabling formerly inhibited mice to successfully navigate a maze to obtain a food pellet. Researchers have suggested that celastrus seed oil could be an effective therapy for people with memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and organic brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Its beneficial effects are partially due to the plant’s cholinergic activity, or its ability to help the brain maintain adequate levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Adequate levels of acetylcholine are important in maintaining memory and forming new memories, i.e. learning. The active constituents of Celastrus paniculatus have also been verified as non-toxic to humans and other mammals; in fact, consuming the oil may actually have a protective anti-oxidant effect on brain cells and other tissues!

This plant has massive untapped potential as an effective study aid, and we hope to see its popularity grow in all areas of mental enhancement, not just memory.  In addition to showing results in memory enhancement and helping out as a study aid, Celastrus has reportedly also performed well in lab studies for the treatment of mental depression and chronic stress, two conditions that have a huge negative effect on the process of learning and memory consolidation. It also showed excellent potential in treating hysteria without any side effects. Who can get more hysterical than a student cramming for finals?

An herbal product proven to increase the retention of new information in laboratory tests has been a long time coming: Gingko biloba has been long revered for its cognitive-enhancing properties, but research to support this claim has been sketchy at best. In contrast, Celastrus paniculatus has seen documented success in more than one clinical trial. Pre-clinical studies of the plant’s seed extract have conclusively shown an improvement in learning and memory in both physical and mental paradigms. As such, Celastrus may soon become the go-to herb to help students of any age retain information more effectively when studying for a test.

The big pharmaceutical companies are now financing numerous memory retention and enhancement studies demonstrating the cognitive-enhancing properties of Celastrus. This is usually a good indicator that there is validity to claims, because the big pharmaceutical companies are highly skilled at sniffing out the next big product that’s going to make them a lot of money. It may only be a matter of time before a prescription “smart pill” appears on the market which is really just a tablet containing Celastrus. It is far more effective than the well-known Gingko biloba, which has been used for many years as a mental aid for memory and clarity of thought.

Though you can already get celastrus seed oil from health supplement companies in a variety of forms, including as a tablet, liqui-gel and tincture, the simple liquid tincture exhibits by far the quickest absorption rate. With Celastrus paniculatus tincture, many people have noticed a measurable improvement in their memory in as a little as a couple of days! And because of its marked lack of side effects, anyone can use Celastrus as a daily supplement to keep their memory and mental acuity at its sharpest.

What does the near-future hold? One can let their imagination run wild. We can imagine a day when health food companies might hawk “Celastrus-enhanced” health drinks and snacks for the student on the go; Celastrus drinks might become a staple on college campuses around the world, and Celastrus booths might begin to pop up alongside kava lounges, oxygen bars and massage stations on random corners and in health food stores.

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