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FDA Rules Vinpocetine Not a Legal Dietary Ingredient

Thursday, September 08, 2016

In a notice on the Federal Register, FDA requested comment on “our tentative conclusion that vinpocetine is not a dietary ingredient and is excluded from the definition of dietary supplement in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).”

Vinpocetine was first synthesized in the mid 70s by Hungarian researchers. FDA itself says “vinpocetine is a synthetic compound, derived from vincamine, an alkaloid found in the Vinca minor plant, or tabersonine, an alkaloid found in Voacanga seeds.” The ingredient has vasodilation effects and is said to increase blood flow to the brain, which is why it has been used in nootropic formulations. It has been in the market as a drug in Germany under the name Cavinton. One newspaper story from the Los Angeles Times called it a “new memory drug.”

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Source: NutraIngredients-USA