Best Supplements for the Brain: Four Supplements proven to protect your Brain!
23 February 2020
What if you could simply take a pill that would instantly make you more intelligent? One that would enhance your cognitive capabilities including attention, memory, focus, motivation and other higher executive functions? If you have ever seen the movie Limitless, you have an idea of what this would look like—albeit the exaggerated Hollywood version. The movie may be fictional but the reality may not be too far behind.
Nootropics have been shown in numerous studies to quite effectively treat or prevent a lot of conditions that the pharmaceutical industry profiteers upon. What do Nootropics prevent or even cure? Depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep related disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.
Antidepressants alone have been linked to decreased sexual desire, weight gain, even an increased risk of suicide, those going off antidepressants will also frequently report symptoms of withdrawal; dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, sweats, chills, itching, disorientation, headaches and mood swings.
Many productivity rock stars are highly dependent upon the dark nectar of wired up bitterness. While coffee is a great source of antioxidants, unless we are talking about Bulletproof Coffee or my coffee that I sell induced with Nootropics, it is likely that lots of coffee we get nowadays could contain mold and mycotoxins which are bad for your brain.
The cost, in time and money of a daily coffee habit (ESPECIALLY if you frequent coffee shops) is double, triple and sometimes more than a reasonable monthly Nootropics budget; which starts around $15/monthly and goes up to about $100/monthly for the Cadillac of Nootropic stacks.
Life hackers, entrepreneurs, students and high performing professionals worldwide loathe the mid-afternoon body energy lull, that sensation of needing a nap in middle of the day when you know you should be doing your best work. Nootropics like B Vitamins, Piracetam and caffeine will help you maintain a high baseline of mental energy throughout the entire day.
Fights physiological and psychological stress.
Stress is without a doubt the least limitless thing in your life. If there’s one chemical that can by blamed for making life bad, it’s cortisol. The following Nootropics work to regulate cortisol and protect your brain from oxidative stress with potent antioxidants and minimize your perception of stress: Bacopa, Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea, Phosphatidylserine, L-Carnitine, L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine and Vitamin B3.
The Nootropics 5-HTP and Green Tea fight obesity by boosting metabolism, body energy and even blocking chemicals that motivate us to overeat. Nootropics in general promote a more conscious and active lifestyle, a person wired up on nootropics is NOT going to spend 3 hours sitting on the couch eating potato chips.
The myriad of cognitively empowering effects of Nootropics make you more effective at learning new languages. You will find it significantly easier to learn vocabulary and grammar rules. Your increased confidence will give you more opportunities to practice the new language and make friends. When paired with memory association systems you can become conversationally fluent in as little as 60–90 days in a brand new language.
Aging begins to negatively affect the brain in people as young as 25. Combating oxidative stress and regulating cortisol levels is directly proportional to the gracefulness with which your mind ages. Ultimately lethal neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, post-stroke aphasia, and geriatric cognitive disorders can be prevented, treated and sometimes even reversed using Nootropics. Nootropics to keep your mind young: Alpha GPC, Bacopa, L-Carnitine, Niacin, Piracetam, Vitamin B12, and coconut derived MCT Oil. DMAE and L-Tyrosine even remove skin wrinkles.
Bacopa cleans up free radicals that can turn into cancer, Niacinamide is used in combination with Vitamin C for cancer therapy. Vitamin D prevents tumor angiogenesis, DHA fights multiple types of cancer in your body, White Tea extract fights lung cancer cells. Multiple studies done across the globe have demonstrated that Green Tea is one the most potent cancer fighting agents along with the phytochemical anthocyanin. For decades cancer research has correlated high levels of stress and runaway cortisol levels to higher occurrence of cancer, as you already know at this point one of the primary things that Nootropics do most consistently is decrease stress and regulate cortisol levels to a happy medium. In general, people on Nootropics are significantly more likely to live the kind of active, biologically introspective lifestyle that keeps them cancer free.
Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng (in a proportion of 60/40) work in concert to empower your mind and your libido. L-Tyrosine boosts sex drive and has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction. Horny Goat Weeds functions as a sensation enhancer (for him and her) for several hours within dosing, long term it boosts testosterone. Finally, if you are a single person Nootropics will make you more bold, articulate and confident in social situations which will inevitably get you laid more often!
Our brain receives all the Nootropics mentioned here via the blood-brain barrier. Our brain completely relies upon a constant source of blood and oxygen to operate at it’s fullest capacity, if your blood flow is cut off for just a few seconds you will go unconscious. The Nootropic Vinpocetine causes vasodilation, which is the widening of the main arteries that deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
Nootropics consistently balance and maintain the brain chemistry that results in a healthy psyche. 5-HTP, Bacopa, DHA, DMAE the chemical precursor of ACh along with Ginkgo Biloba, L-Tyrosine, Piracetam and Vitamin B12 are demonstrated in studies to prevent, treat and in some cases cure psychological disorders.
For vegans and vegetarians: feeds you essential nutrients.
Those who refrain from eating meat miss out on a lot of nutrients that feed our brains which occur in animal protein or are synthesized by bacteria in our gut biom that comes from animal foods. Vegans and vegetarians should regularly supplement; L-Carnitine, Vitamin B12, essential to manufacturing neurotransmitters and Omega-3, a supplemental must for those who don’t eat fish regularly.
Saves you money!
Eating a totally organic diet containing all the brain feeding nutraceuticals mentioned in this article would cost you at least several hundred extra dollars every month just in groceries. The daily coffee shop or energy drink habit that many workaholics have costs anywhere from +$70/monthly to several hundred monthly. The cognitively superior, sustainable and significantly healthier productivity buzz you get from Nootropics will cost you $100/monthly max.
The vast majority of Nootropics are taken in pill form, so they take just a few seconds out of your morning or after lunch to swallow with a glass of water. In contrast, the other habits people employ to maximize their energy and productivity (coffee shop visits, buying energy drinks from gas stations, buying special groceries, taking power naps during the day, meditation breaks, etc) will eat up at least several productive hours a month.
Nootropic substances like Piracetam, 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine deepen your perception of reward and arousal from healthy pleasure stimuli; eating good food, spending time with loved ones, sex, physical touch, accomplishing goals, exercise, relaxation, etc. This has been shown to help those suffering from alcohol and methamphetamine addiction. No amphetamine related health risks.
Many popular pharmaceuticals like Ritalin, Adderral, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Desoxyn, Didrex, ProCentra, and Vyvanse, as well as Benzedrine or Psychedrinecontain or metabolize into addictive amphetamines. Tolerance increases rapidly meaning that you will have to constantly increase dosage to maintain the desired effect, overdose can lead to psychosis, hypertension and chest pain. Amphetamines can also be very dangerous for those with heart conditions.
One of the single greatest reasons to take nootropics as a preventative measure OR to treat a condition is the relative lack of negative side effects. For a frightening experience, go check the potential side effects of some of the more popular pharmaceuticals for the same kinds of conditions that Nootropics prevent or treat more effectively. Many of the pharmaceuticals on the market that treat depression, anxiety, ADHD or problems sleeping introduce a serious medical risk, can cause cancer and even death in rare cases. After personally experimenting for 6 years with numerous Nootropics at sometimes quite high dosages the worst side effect I ever encountered was a level of slight irritation with people around me who were ‘slower’ than me.