Rainforest Super Herb
AC-11 is the name given to a rainforest plant
extract that helps the human body repair damaged DNA. It has garnered much
attention for its use as a topical cosmetic and as a dietary supplement. More
than 40 clinical studies have documented that AC-11 helps repair DNA and
prevent future damage to cellular systems (here’s one example: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9ww9f65d). It is
featured in numerous nootropical stacks, including as one of the superstar
ingredients in Alpha Brain, which is one of the bestselling nootropics on the
Optigenex Inc. harnesses and distributes
AC-11. According to the company’s website, “AC-11 is the perfect joining of the
rainforest’s secrets with the miracle of today’s advancements in phytonutrient
science.” (Visit the Optigenex website for more information on research
AC-11 Come From?
AC-11 is derived from a vine that grows wild
in the rainforest’s of the Amazon. The vine’s scientific name is Uncaria
tomentosa. Optigenex harvests the vine in an ethical manner, under the watchful
eye of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources.
Optigenex uses a patented hot water
extraction and purification process standardized to a minimum of 8 percent
Carboxy Alkyl Esters (CAE) concentration. CAEs are the molecular chains
responsible for about 90 percent of the biological activity in AC-11 that
relates to DNA repair and immune enhancement.
Credit for the discovery of AC-11’s
formulation method goes to Ronald W. Pero, Ph.D., a scientist, university
professor emeritus, and expert in human biochemistry and DNA research.
Optigenex says Dr. Pero’s work with AC-11 was the result of more than 30 years
of research, including field research on plant life in the Amazon region of
In addition to repairing DNA, CAEs also
improve natural collagen production (collagen III, to be precise) in the skin,
according to numerous studies. Collagen III helps skin look soft and youthful.
Because of this, AC-11 has been praised extensively in its topical form.
Further studies reveal that AC-11 helps
balance NF-KB in the cells. NF-KB is a transcription factor that influence
proteins in a number of bodily processes, including inflammation. In a
nutshell, an over-expression of NF-KB triggers increased inflammation. A
normalized expression of NF-KB, like what AC-11 helps with, reduces the chance
of increased inflammation.
It’s important to note that AC-11 is not the
only product derived from the Uncaria tomentosa vine. Cat’s claw is the name
most associated with these other products. What differentiates AC-11 from these
other products is the patented extraction process, which allows for the unique
group of CAEs.