Cera-Q is a protein hydrolysate, a unique mixture of amino acids extracted from the major protein in silkworm cocoons called fibroin. Cera-Q as a nutraceutical ingredient came out of the longtime consumption of the fibroin as part of traditional Korean medicine.
In the early 2000’s a team of PhD researchers in South Korea set about to identify the specific nutrients within the fibroin which would be most beneficial if consumed orally. Their work led to the discovery of the patented Cera-Q ingredient, which has been demonstrated in published human clinical trials to help improve memory, learning and overall cognitive performance.
Cera-Q is produced by enzymatic hydrolysis of fibroin protein—the tough inner core of silk thread—into a mix of peptides (short stretches of amino acids). The resulting material is then dried to produce the Cera-Q powder, which has a mild, neutral flavor and good water solubility.
The published research on Cera-Q demonstrates safety and efficacy across a full range of ages in normal, healthy people representative of the general population. Children, high school and college students, adults from 13–70 years old, and seniors over 70 years old were studied in nine separate studies. They were given standardized and scientifically accepted tests to measure benefits and changes for different kinds of short-term memory, learning skills, and complex tasks, measures typically used in IQ tests. Significant improvements were demonstrated at both intake levels (200 and 400 mg daily in two divided doses) in just three to four weeks—a short time for seeing results.
So far, children under nine years of age have not been tested. Humans have been exposed to glycine and alanine our entire lives, so our bodies know how to use these specific amino acids. There are no known adverse interactions with nutrients, supplements, or medications.
To put it simply, Cera-Q is very special because it has a unique amino acid profile comprised mainly of glycine and alanine with a highly differentiated beta pleated sheet molecular structure. This structure and composition are important because they allow Cera-Q to bind very effectively to amyloid plaque, which tends to cluster around human neurons, impacting neuron and cognitive performance increasingly as we age. This binding has been shown to reduce the formation of amyloid plaque around neurons – think of it as a Velcro®-like effect.
Cera-Q has also been shown to increase glucose uptake to the brain, providing the brain with critical energy. Thus the evidence suggests that Cera-Q uniquely works via a dual path to support cognitive function, without stimulants or strange or artificial compounds.