I have a huge passion for getting the best out of the mind and brain. The most powerful part of a human and the part that sets us apart from the rest of the animals on the planet.
Nootropics (Smart Drugs, legal supplements) are a topic which is gaining more interest in the recent year or so.
I have been researching and self experimenting with them for a year now. I have had fantastic results thus far and am looking forward to further improving my knowledge.
Again this is an area where no-one can patent it and thus have a monopoly and thus make exuberant amounts of money from it.
So I give it to you as it is affordable, has large positive effects and benefits humanity as a whole.
Joe Rogan, David Asprey and Tim Ferriss are big believers in the power of nootropics
Piracetam – The grandfather of nootropics
It boosts cognitive function and has such low neuro-toxicity it is unclear how it works even though it has been around since the 1960’s.
In Australia it is a Schedule 4 drug where a prescription is needed to own more than a month’s personal supply.
However there is no legislation on it’s sister chemicals being part of the Racetam family are: Aniracetam, Oxiracetam and Pramiracetam.
They have stronger effects of cognitive boost, however it is advised to consume a choline source to aid the neurotransmitter process.
SEROTONIN: Effects mood for well-being and happiness. It allows you to increase your baseline of feeling good.
5-HTP is a great supplement to boost your serotonin production. It is a precursor to serotonin. It is easily transported through the blood-brain barrier and easily converted to serotonin.
Melatonin is produced from seratonin. But can also be taken before bed to help regulate sleep patterns. Better to use than a sleeping tablet.
L-Theanine is a great nootropic. It increases both serotonin and dopamine levels. It also has GABA boosting activity which increases relaxation.
DOPAMINE: It is one of the very important neurotransmitter which affects mood and motor-skills.
L-Tyrosine is a simple and easy way boost your dopamine. It is cheap and doesn’t have the restrictions such as L-Dopa.
L-DOPA is a precursor to dopamine, however in some countries it is a contolled substance.
CHOLINE: aids in the formation of memories. Boosting the amount of this neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain can improve these functions.
Choline in the form of choline bitartrate or choline citrate as cheap sources of choline. It is not very readily absorbed, but for the cost benefits it is quite useful.
Lecithin and DMAE are also other sources of choline.
Alpha-GPC is said to be the only cholinergic that provides choline to the brain across the blood-brain barrier.
Huperzine-A slows down the breakdown of choline in the brain, which can cause lucid dreams. It has been shown to increase nerve growth factor in rats.
Inositol is often taken in conjunction with choline for improved brain health
Vinpocetine is a supplement which increases blood flow and metabolism in the brain.
Creatine is also helps with brain function. Even though its mainly used by body builders.
My best value for money stack is a 5-htp, a piracetam and Alpha-brain. It’s only 3 pills. And they are all well priced. It has most of the major nootropics in this stack.
This means you will have both feel-good neuro transmitters, a choline source and breakdown inhibitor, piracetam for focus and clarity. Vinpocetine for blood flow to brain. Bacopa for improved memory.
GABA for mood and relaxation. Lastly vitamin B6 to allow the precursors to be converted to the useful source for brain.
…. more to come
Anyone living in Australia. A good source of nootropics with next day deliver is my Friend’s on-line store:
Cerebral Supplements – http://cerebralsupplements.com/ & http://www.cerebralsupplements.com.au/
Nootropics have been widely researched, however much of them cannot be patented, so you don’t hear about them.