Celastrus Paniculatus Seed Extract


Celastrus | Intellect Tree | Jyotishmati


Supports cognitive performance*

Supports mood*

Supports stress response*


Celastrus paniculatus is native to India, where it’s used by local healers primarily as a brain tonic for reasons that are consistent with one of its common names, β€œthe intellect tree.” Today we’d recognize these uses as offering nootropic support. These uses include β€œ...mental acuity, support memory and intellect as well as retention and recalling power; and to alleviate mental fatigue, stress...”*[1] It was believed that people using this plant would be able to learn new information more quickly, and more accurately and efficiently recall it later.*[1] Celastrus paniculatus seeds (and their oil) are what is used for cognitive support. The seeds contains a variety of active compounds, including sesquiterpenes such as celastrine, celapanine, celapanigine, celapagin, malkangunin and paniculatine. Celastrus paniculatus extracts have, in experimental research, positively influenced cognitive function and neuroprotective functions.*


Celastrus paniculatus is an alcohol extract of the seeds.

Grown in India.

Celastrus paniculatus is non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. 


One way Celastrus paniculatus was traditionally used was to have a person start by eating one seed a day in the diet, and then gradually increase by one seed a day, up to a maximum of 100 seeds daily.[1] This suggests to Neurohacker that the best way to approach dosing would be to consider Celastrus paniculatus as an adaptogenic herb; following hormetic dosing principles (see Neurohacker Dosing Principles) with a high likelihood of having a hormetic range (i.e., a dosing range below and above which results could be poorer). We have selected to dose this at a low-to-moderate amount because of both the traditional approach to use, and because of our N of 1 dosing experience in product development and testing.*


Supports brain function and cognition*

Supports memory and facilitates learning [2,5,7]

Counters experimentally-induced memory and learning impairments in animals [5,8–11]

Supports the levels of monoamine neurotransmitters (noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin) and their metabolites in the brain [2]

Interacts with dopamine-D2, serotonergic, GABAB, and NMDA receptors [3,4]

Influences brain MAO-A levels [3]

Influences acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain [5]

Supports brain content of total lipids and phospholipids [6]

Supports neuroprotective functions [4,11,13,14]

Supports a healthy mood and stress response*

Supports positive behavioral responses to stress [3,8,12]

Influences plasma corticosterone (stress hormone) levels [3]

Supports antioxidant defenses*

Supports antioxidant defenses [7,11,13–17]

Counters oxidative stress [7,11,13–17]

Supports free-radical-scavenging activity [14,16,18]

Other actions*

Supports healthy immune/cytokine signaling [17,19,20]

Supports relief of minor physical discomfort [19,20]

Supports gastroprotective functions [17]

Supports healthy cholesterol levels [21]

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.