Noopept is a supplement that is used to boost intelligence, cognitive functions and attention. Common reported benefits include increased ability to learn, improved mood, decreased anxiety and feelings of depression, increased levels of energy and wakefulness, improved physical performance, improved memory and recall, improved patterns of speech, better logical thinking, enhanced perception and reflexes, and improved sleep pattern.
There are specific areas of research being pursued, mostly in Russia, with these reports of current positive results. These results include restoration of memory and other cognitive functions after brain injury, ischemia and prenatal damage, improvements in central nervous system (CNS) functioning in patients with organic disorders, and restoration of damaged cells and receptor sites that appear commonly in Alzheimer’s patients. Such research involves Noopept alone or along with other therapies.
Other studies present Noopept as neuroprotective and an anti-oxidant in the nervous system and the brain. Not only used to treat Alzheimer’s patients, Noopept is treated for individuals with brain damage from physical impact, alcoholics who have destroyed brain cells through alcohol abuse and the like.
Research shows that Noopept stimulates the expression of two very important proteins, nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Both of these proteins enhance the creation and protection of new brain cells, suggesting that effects from Noopept may remain after administration ceases.
The therapeutic effect of the drug in patients with organic disorders of the CNS appeared within 5-7 days of treatment. Also reported was the reduction or disappearance of anxiety, irritability, emotional lability and sleep disorders. Noopept was also used to prevent the development of amnesia induced by electroshock. Currently there are possibilities in the treatment of posttraumatic cognitive disturbances and neuroasthenia.
Noopept was noted to reduce immunosuppression induce by cyclophosphamide, which was thought by the authors to possibly be related to protective effects against stroke due to a stroke inducing apoptosis of some immune cells.
Regarding under inflammation and immunology, one study has noted that injections of 0.5-10 mg/kg is able to augment the phagocytic index of macrophages and increased splenocyte proliferation (70.4%) relative to control; enhanced T-cell proliferation was noted only with chronic dosing for seven day and to the degree of 16.2%.
More general reported effects in humans include increased level of awareness, more efficient speech patterns, physical performance enhancement in the gym and athletics in relation to nervous system control and function of such activities, and increased nerve cell growth.