What is Kanna?
Kanna herb, also known as Sceletium tortuosum is a succulent plant native to South Africa. Less commonly referred to as Channa, or Kougoed, meaning “something to chew” or “chewable item,” the kanna herb is often chewed, smoked, and brewed into a tea as a means of easing pain and relieving hunger. Sceletium tortuosum belongs to the family Aizoaceae, of which most plants in this species are native to arid parts of southern Africa.
Scientists have since created a Sceletium tortuosum extract to concentrate its beneficial effects into a supplement called Zembrin, which entered the North American market in 2013. Let’s take a closer look at what Zembrin Sceletium tortuosum extract is, how it works, and how it might benefit you.
What is Zembrin?
Zembrin is a Sceletium extract that has been studied for both safety and effectiveness in both clinical and pre-clinical trials, but even before Zembrin was studied and used, the San and Khoikhoi peoples, indigenous to South Africa, used the kanna herb to boost mood and ease fatigue and stress. The plants were even used to relieve thirst and hunger and sooth colic in infants. Colonial farmers later used the plant in a tincture. The plant gained wider popularity only in the last 15 years, giving way to the eventual creation of Zembrin.
How Does Zembrin Sceletium Extract Work?
The Zembrin form of Sceletium extract works by increasing levels of serotonin in your body. Serotonin is most well-known for playing a part in regulating mood and contributing to happiness and general well being.
The primary alkaloid in Zembrin responsible for increasing serotonin is called mesembrine(SERT Ki of 1.4 nM). It exists in its natural levorotory form (-)-mesembrine.
The Zembrin form of Sceletium extract also contains alkaloids that inhibit phosphodiestrase-4 (PDE4), an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (or cAMP). cAMP is found in the cells of the nervous and immune systems. It is a derivative of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and is used for intracellular signal transduction. By inhibiting PDE4, the body has more cAMP available, leading to positive effects on mood and memory.
The primary alkaloid in Zembrin responsible for inhibiting PDE4 is called mesembrenone (PDE4 Ki of 470 nM).
What Is Zembrin Used For?
Most prominently, Zembrin Sceletium extract may support feelings of well-being and healthy stress levels. Even at low doses, Zembrin can effectively alleviate stress and tension while boosting your overall mood. Zembrin may also help your cognitive abilities as well. Some studies showed that Zembrin led to increased concentration, focus, and motivation.Zembrin is one of many natural extracts out there with nootropic qualities.
Where to Buy Kanna Extract?
Nootropics Depot offers Zembrin, a patented and clinically-trialed Sceletium Extract in powder form.
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