DMAE, which stands for dimethylethanolamine, is an organic compound that is used to enhance mental alertness and clear thinking. It is a supplement better known in Europe as the product “Deanol,” which has been used for decades to promote better cognitive functioning, lessen memory loss, and is even being used for skin health as well.
Studies have been done on the nutrient DMAE for some 60 years, and was shown especially helpful for those patients dealing with age-related memory loss and mental decline. It has been found, however, that those patients dealing with lessened cognitive function due to severe Alzheimer’s did not find DMAE to make much of an improvement in their memory deficits. DMAE has also been coined as an “anti-aging nutrient,” but this may be because of its benefits for those dealing with less severe mental decline related to normal aging.
In addition to providing the benefits of better mental function, alertness, and concentration, those who have used DMAE as a daily supplement do notice that they are more focused, in a better mood, and have a better sense of wellbeing overall, sometimes within hours of taking the supplement. It has also shown wonderful potential as an anti-wrinkle cream, due to the face that it also helps increase the firmness of the skin. DMAE may have a future in cosmetic dermatology due to its skin-firming abilities.
Side effects of DMAE may include high anxiety levels and restlessness, muscle stiffness, headache, and irritability and shakes that can be caused by overstimulation and high dosages. If taken later in the day, DMAE may also cause insomnia and sleep disruption, which is why it is highly recommended as a morning dietary supplement.