Also known as Deanol, DMAE is very similar to the compound Choline. The primary difference between the two is their molecular makeup, with the difference creating an advantage for DMAE, making it easier to cross the blood-brain barrier and affecting the nervous system to produce cognitive enhancing effects. After DMAE has entered into the cells of the brain it is converted into the substance Acetylcholine, which acts as a sensitive neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in assisting the brain with its mental processing. DMAE is one of the better options for increasing the levels of Acetylcholine in the body, which leads to enhanced reasoning, memory, creativity, learning potential, and emotional states in the user.
Typical side effects include but are not limited to: high blood pressure, drowsiness, and a change in body odor. Pregnant women are advised to speak to a qualified physician before using DMAE, as it can cause complications during fetal development, although the likelihood is quite low. It is recommended that those who are using cholinergic or anti-cholinergic medications refrain from using DMAE, as it may interfere with the breakdown of other medications being taken.
Because DMAE can be used for many different reasons, there are many different levels of dosages that can be considered for a user. For many, a beginning dose of around 150 mg daily is acceptable, but it is always advised to speak to a qualified physician concerning an individual’s unique needs.