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What are the health benefits of huperzine-A?

Tim Ferriss
Fitness
Taking 200 micrograms (mcg) of huperzine-A 30 minutes before bed can increase total rapid eye movement (REM) sleep by 20 - 30%. Huperzine-A, an extract of Huperzia serrata, slows the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is a popular nootropic (smart drug), and I have used it in the past to accelerate learning and increase the incidence of lucid dreaming. I now only use huperzine-A for the first few weeks of language acquisition, and no more than three days per week to avoid side effects.
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