Semax is an experimental drug that was originally developed Russia to prevent and treat circulatory disorders like stroke and heart attack. Due to its Neuroprotective and Neurorestorative properties, its medical usage includes treatment of cognitive disorders and boosting the immune system. Approved by the Russian Federation government in December 2011, it has also been identified as a “cognitive enhancer.”
How does it work
Semax is a synthetic form of the Adrenocorticotropic hormone- A hormone that regulates glucose level and maintains blood pressure- that is delivered to the body through a Semax nasal spray. It works through chemical stimulation on parts of the brain just like a regular human hormone and counteracts the stress induced by external environment.
Benefits Of Semax To Enhance Brain Functioning
- Increases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)
BDNF is a chemical factor crucial for survival of neurons and cognitive development. BDNF helps in Neurogenesis i.e. generation of new nerve pathways in the brain and hence improved brain processing and functioning.
By increasing the BDNF levels, Semax can help the brain function at optimal level.
Semax also has the ability to stimulate receptors in the limbic system, which is responsible for producing serotonin and dopamine. Boost in these feel-good neurotransmitters helps with improved motivation, focus and productivity. Therefore, Semax can also regulate the mood.
- Prevents Oxidative Damage
Oxidative damage occurs due to oxidative stress.
‘Oxidative stress’ is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the human body. Mild oxidative stress caused by body exercise is beneficial in regulating body’s tissue growth as it stimulates antioxidant production. But long-term oxidative stress due to diseases or conditions like stroke can damage our protein cells and hence the DNA. Semax can also help prevent oxidative degeneration.
- Improves Memory Retention
Since Semax provides oxidative protection and promotes blood circulation in the brain, it facilitates memory.
The increase of BDNF in the hippocampus (brain’s center for memory and emotion) is also one of the reasons for enhanced memory.
Semax can also treat ADHD by increasing attention, memory and levels of neurotransmitters that are often low in ADHD patients (such as dopamine).
- Ebbs the Effects of Stress
Stress can be a result of many factors like lack of sleep. The body tends to negatively respond to stress in different ways by increasing the production of liver enzymes.
Using Semax can prevent this enzyme production. Thus, Semax can control mental stress and hence optimization of brain functions.
In a trial on people with reduced brain blood flow (Cerebrovascular insufficiency), Semax reportedly reduced overall brain damage and the risk of future strokes.
However, another trial on people with motor nerve disease, Semax did not report any significant ‘Neuroprotective effect’, although it did improve overall mood and quality-of-life in some of the treated patients.
The Bottom Line
Semax for sale in the US and most of the countries is not available in the pharmacies and drug stores, as it hasn’t been approved by the FDA yet. However, it’s available online and in the countries like Russia and Ukraine.
I highly recommend you to research on Semax and consult your doctor before consuming it. Like any drug, Semax can have side-effects and may interact negatively with medications you are on or other pre-existing health condition of yours.