DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol, is an organic compound that occurs naturally in the body. DMAE is produced in the brain, testes, and adrenal glands and is linked to the production of hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and cortisone. It is also present in a number of different foods. It is particularly abundant in oily fish, such as sardines, salmon, herring, and anchovies. DMAE is also present in sauces that use anchovies as an ingredient, such as Worcestershire sauce. This nutrient has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a result, DMAE improves the appearance and texture of the skin.
In the body, DMAE is vital for the production of neurotransmitters. These chemicals allow nerve endings to communicate with each other and with muscle tissue. This functionality enables DMAE to enhance mental clarity and aid emotional wellbeing. It may also contribute to DMAE’s ability to firm the skin.
DMAE can be found in a number of skin creams and serums. The effectiveness of DMAE on sagging and wrinkled skin has led to claims that skin products containing DMAE are equal to a “facelift in a jar”. When applied topically, DMAE improves the tone and texture of the skin. The exact method by which DMAE tones and firms that skin is not fully understood. It is theorized that the firming action of DMAE stems from the stimulation of the nerve endings, in turn producing tiny muscle contractions. Improved muscle tone under the skin leads to improved skin tone on the surface. When skin is firmer, the depth and severity of lines and wrinkles are diminished, enabling skin to appear younger. A clinical study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology in 2005, discovered that women who applied DMAE gel experienced a reduction in lines and wrinkles, together with increased definition around the lip area.
s an antioxidant, DMAE helps to minimize the signs of aging by combating the damage caused by free radicals. DMAE also hydrates the skin, plumping up skin cells and increasing elasticity and flexibility.
DMAE can be found in food, most notably oily fish. However, it can be difficult to ingest a sufficient amount of DMAE as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Oily fish can pick up contaminants, such as mercury and PCBs. Nutritionists recommend that oily fish should be eaten no more than twice a week as a main meal. Accordingly, DMAE is available as a nutritional supplement. When taken as an oral supplement, DMAE can help mental and emotional wellbeing. A German study, conducted in 2003, revealed that participants who ingested DMAE over a three-month period were measurably calmer than the participants who were given a placebo.
DMAE is produced naturally in the brain, as a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. DMAE supplements can boost cognitive function and improve memory by increasing the amount of acetylcholine produced in the brain. Acetylcholine has been clinically proven to increase focus and concentration. The presence of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain is also vital for learning to take place.
In addition, DMAE’s positive correlation to improved concentration and memory can be linked to its ability to reduce the buildup of lipofuscin in the brain. The accumulation of this lipid residue around cells occurs over time and is related to aging. It can be the cause of certain age-related issues, such as failing memory and inability to concentrate. Lipofuscin also accumulates in other areas of the body, for example in the eyes where it leads to ocular degeneration, which is also associated with age.
DMAE was originally marketed as a treatment for childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) under the name Deanol. However, it was subsequently replaced by the drug Ritalin when clinical testing to prove efficacy became prohibitively expensive. DMAE is still used as a nutritional supplement for individuals experiencing ADHD. Clinical tests are being carried out on DMAE to determine whether it has applications for people experiencing Alzheimer’s. However, at the current time, the results remain inconclusive.
DMAE has few recorded side effects, although it can trigger headaches and insomnia at high doses. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should lower the dosage they are taking. Due to the effects that DMAE has on the brain function, individuals experiencing or taking medication for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, or anxiety disorders should not take DMAE oral supplements.