DragonHead Extract is a supplement made from the dragonhead plant (Dracocephalum moldavica), sometimes called ‘Moldavian Melissa’, which is traditionally used in Uighur medicine for combatting the aging process.
With its unique mode of action and high content in flavonoid glucuronides, it mimics the effects of calorie restriction, an action that significantly slows down the aging process. In the short term, it produces benefits for the skin, while in the long term, it promotes longevity.
It has a similar action to that of the exceptional anti-aging product Nicotinamide mononucleotide.
What benefits are offered by DragonHead Extract?
Aqueous extract of Dracocephalum moldavica is distinct in being able to mimic calorie restriction, and as a result, may be able to push back the limits of human life expectancy and reduce the risk of age-related diseases.
What exactly is calorie restriction and how does it affect aging?
Calorie restriction is simply limiting one’s food intake to the minimum necessary. Until very recently, it was the only method known to increase longevity whilst improving general health (3-5).
Calorie restriction activates a cell protein called AMPK (6-7) which itself triggers the expression of a family of genes called sirtuins (8-9-20). These genes slow down the aging process by acting on a number of cell mechanisms, such as DNA repair, resistance to oxidative stress and cell death. Studies also show that sirtuin activation increases insulin sensitivity and lipolysis, reduces levels of inflammation and plays a preventive role in neurodegenerative problems.
But just how many of us would be prepared to make such a huge sacrifice? A lifetime of drastically reduced calorie consumption in order to increase one’s life expectancy holds little appeal for most people (even if, in the past, such diets were undoubtedly responsible for the incredibly long life expectancy enjoyed by Japan’s Okinawa islanders).
Anti-aging dragonhead extract that mimics the effects of calorie restriction
Fortunately, researchers recently succeeded in isolating natural compounds capable of reproducing the beneficial effects of calorie restriction, with dragonhead emerging as one of the most impressive resources. When humans and other animals are given extract of dragonhead, its flavonoid glucuronides activate AMPK in exactly the same way as calorie restriction. This brings about the same increase in activation of sirtuins, the genes that slow down aging. This results in both general benefits and cellular ones, with effects ranging from a decrease in metabolic waste products, to a reduction in fat mass. Accordingly, one laboratory study showed that the compounds in DragonHead Extract led to an increase of 400% in AMPK activity, and of 300% in FOXO transcription factors which activate the sirtuin family. Perhaps most surprising is that the beneficial effects of this molecule are even observed in cases of overeating (which is common in Western countries).
With dragonhead’s ability to mimic calorie restriction, it’s therefore possible to have your cake (maximum life expectancy), and eat it too (normal calorie intake) and even have a cherry on top (a slim figure).
Additional benefits of DragonHead Extract
Through a domino effect, DragonHead Extract’s activation of sirtuins produces other health benefits too:
- It improves the circulation(1).
- It helps you slim down.
- It supports regeneration of the skin and improves a number of visible markers (elasticity, density, hydration …). One study examined 32 women in their fifties with sun-damaged skin. Following daily administration of 200mg of DragonHead Extract for eight weeks, dermal imaging showed a 14% improvement in hydration, a 7% improvement in elasticity and an approximate 3% increase in skin density (2).
What exactly is Moldavian dragonhead?
It’s a plant that has recently been rediscovered and positively exploited for its high content in glucuronic flavonoids, the compounds responsible for its many properties. It is indigenous to central Asia where it plays a prominent part in Uighur medicine.
What is in DragonHead Extract?
DragonHead Extract is produced from the aerial parts of Moldavian dragonhead which contain most of the active substances. The use of high-quality aqueous extraction produces an extract packed with active compounds such as flavonoids, terpenoids, steroids, glycosides and volatile components. Of all these ingredients, it is the flavonoids which are the most active. Several studies have shown the most important flavonoids to be tilianin, luteolin-7-O-glucuronides, apigenin and rosmarinic acid (15-17). But as in all plant extracts, it is really the synergy between the components which is key.
Pharmacological studies have demonstrated the biological activity of this exceptional synergy: researchers have observed antioxidant, anti-hypoxic, immune-modulatory, anti-microbial, and vasodilatory properties (the latter accounting for its traditional use in treating heart and blood pressure problems (18-19).
How should DragonHead Extract be taken?
The recommended dose is two 100mg capsules a day, to be taken in between meals.
Other anti-aging supplements available from our catalogue include:
- Nicotinamide Riboside 125 mg;
- Longevity Nutrients, an enhanced formulation for promoting longevity;
- Natural Dopamine Support 400 mg, a wild green oat extract;
- Natural Rapalogs, a natural ‘rapalog’ formulation for slowing down aging;
- PQQ & Q10, a synergistic formulation for fighting cognitive impairment (PQQ and co-enzyme Q10).
Written : March 2019.
Note: this product should not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to follow the guidelines on how to take it and the recommended dose, and to use it by the ‘best before’ date. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children under 15. Keep out of children’s reach. Store in a cool, dry place.
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|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Amount per dose
|DracoBelle™ (extract of dragonhead leaf - Dracocephalum moldavica)
|Other ingredients: white rice flour, acacia gum.
Each capsule contains 100mg of DracoBelle™. DracoBelle™, Mibelle, Switzerland.
Directions for useDragonhead extract
Take 2 capsules a day.
The dietary supplement Natural Dopamine Support is a natural anti-ageing product developed to support dopamine activity, a key neurotransmitter for healthy brain function and general well-being. This supplement has been formulated from an extract of wild green oat (Avena sativa L.), a plant used therapeutically for centuries.
As far back as the Middle Ages, it was traditionally recommended for regulating mood, supporting cognitive function and restoring energy levels. Studies have since developed scientific understanding of its mechanisms of action. In particular, it seems to prevent the breakdown of dopamine by inhibiting the enzyme monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B). This inhibitory action helps maintain brain activity by preventing certain cognitive and neurodegenerative problems.
What are the benefits associated with Natural Dopamine Support?
Originally known as a treatment for fatigue, concentration lapses and mood swings, green oat quickly attracted scientific interest for its potential in maintaining brain activity. Several clinical trials have confirmed the benefits of this plant for improving mental health as a whole. These studies suggest that wild green oat may, in particular, boost cognitive abilities such as concentration. Its activity may be especially effective in stressful situations, when brain function is under severe pressure. Current scientific data suggests that green oat's benefits for mental health are linked to improved vasodilation of systemic and cerebral arteries.
In addition to its benefits for the brain, green oat has revealed therapeutic virtues for other aspects of health. It appears to help prevent certain cardiovascular diseases due to its content in β-glucans, substances which have also demonstrated positive effects in the management of diabetes. Additional studies have identified its potential for combatting dependency and addictive behaviour, particularly in the case of smoking and food cravings.
What do studies show about green oat?
As the many studies conducted on this plant show, green oat offers a number of protective and anti-ageing effects. It helps combat cerebral degeneration by supporting dopamine activity, and as a result of its β-glucan content, it plays a role in preventing cardiovascular problems.
The preventive virtues of this plant are now available in nutritional supplement form. Our product Natural Dopamine Support has been developed from a high quality extract of green oat grown in farms that meet exacting standards, and obtained using a gentle extraction process, resulting in a highly bioavailable supplement. With each capsule containing 400mg, the suggested dose for Natural Dopamine Support is two capsules a day. You may also be interested in other natural formulations for long-lasting, effective protection against the effects of ageing, such as and our .
CompositionNatural Dopamine Support 400 mg
|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack : 30
|Amount per dose
|Neuravena® (Extract of Avena sativa standardised to 0.3 % isovitexin
|Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran.
Neuravena®, Frutarom, Belgique.
Directions for useNatural Dopamine Support 400 mg
adults. Take 2 capsules a day. Each capsule contains 400 mg of Neuravena®.