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Let's Talk about Catalpol

Hello all, I haven’t posted in a while, and I was wondering if anyone has ever looked at the chemical Catalpol, an extract of ‘rehmannia root’, which is used in chinese medicine.

Since Biotest seems to be on a ‘feed your head’ kick with Curcumin, and now ‘Brain Candy’, this may be a good candidate for further investigation, especially given that some studies have identified upregulation of BDNF: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006899306027855 BDNF-based neuroprotection is promising as a component of treatment plans for alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and, most relevant to this community, acquired brain injury.