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5-Hydroxytryptophan ( 5-HTP ) is an amino acid precursor of serotonin with anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, sleep, andweight lossbenefits, but with some caveats. Read this post to learn more about the proven health benefits and risks of supplementing with 5-HTP . Introduction 5-hydroxytryptophan ( 5-HTP ) is an amino acid that serves as a...
Phosphatidylserine is an amino acid derivative and is found in high amounts in the brain. It helps cells keep intact and is proven to improve mental focus, memory, mood, and bone health. Read this article to know more about the other amazing health benefits of Phosphatidylserine. Introduction Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid...
If you asked a group of smart drug users what their favorite nootropic is, there’s one answer that you’re gonna hear more than any other: Modafinil. That’s because it’s highly effective, its benefits can be felt after one dose, there’s plenty of research to support its use, and it has a good safety profile. In other words, Modafinil is one of...
Coffee is a seductress. We all love a boost of caffeine to help improve our focus and attention. Adrenaline from caffeine can make us stronger, perform better, and improve our mood. But there is a dark side to coffee (ha!). Sometimes coffee can come with negative side effects. Namely, jittery, anxious energy. Many people consider this to be...
Even though my friend Cameron was sitting across the table from me deeply engaged in conversation, my eyes were closing involuntarily. It was a tiredness I could not shake even after multiple doctor visits and it was a result of my addiction to Caffeine . There is nothing inherently wrong or bad about caffeine. In fact, caffeine can...
Possibly one of the most overlooked compounds for memory enhancement, Aniracetam demonstrates some of the most beneficial mind enhancing properties of all the "racetams", which are a family of nootropics sharing very similar chemical structures. Aniracetam is closely related to Piracetam however its effects are a great deal stronger at...
I’m sure you are familiar with neurotransmitters; they are the little signalling molecules that travel across synapses and trigger a response in the target cell, either a neuron or a motor end plate in skeletal muscle – for the purposes of this discussion, anyway, though they do work in other tissues as well. You probably have heard of...
Oftentimes, one reads on the forums and message boards, about how some potential ‘nootraveller’ has scored one of the above-mentioned drugs and intends to utilise it as a study aid, mistakenly thinking it is a genuine nootropic. Or perhaps they have tried the drug and are raving about its effects. Now don’t get me wrong, as a study aid these...
Many of you may already be familiar with Vinpocetine and the types of positive effects benefits one can expect from it. For those of you who aren’t, this is the full, overdue write-up of what we consider one of the ‘bread and butter’ nootropics that everyone should include in their daily nootropic regimens. In a nutshell, ‘vinpo’ is primarily...
Often, the full name of supplements gets compressed into acronyms and this can get confusing (for example N-acetyl-L-Tyrosine becomes NALT, dimethylaminoethanol becomes DMAE, etc), especially when dealing with 2 supplements that have (at least, in the mind of the consumer) such similar functions or effects. So this mini-article is simply here...
Brief Overview of Choline Choline is the substance that acts as the precursor to Acetylcholine in the brain; it plays a role in memory formation, attention, and focus. It is usually recommended that the average adult human get between 425 – 550mg/day of choline; those who take any of the Racetams may or may not need to have a higher intake...
Modafinil (Provigil, Modalert) vs Armodafinil (Nuvigil, Waklert) Before delving into the pointers, it’s important to discuss the differences between Modafinil and Armodafinil . Modafinil is a 50/50 racemic mixture of S isomer and R isomer Modafinil while Armodafinil contains the R isomer only . One study comparing the two suggests that...
The racetams are an interesting set of nootropics. While it’s true they do share many common benefits, I’ve found each racetam has its own nuances and traits. I suppose a good analogy would be to compare the racetams to fine wine; while white, rose and red wine are all essentially fermented grapes, each has their own subtle taste differences...
Phenylpiracetam is easily the most stimulating of the Piracetam derivatives. Numerous reports across various nootropic forums attest to Phenlypiracetam’s ability to enhance motivation, drive, focus and energy levels. Structurally, the modification is similar to a Phenylethlamine (PEA) molecule being added on. PEA is a well documented...
Within the family of racetams , there are a wide variety of different analogues and compounds with similar structures. Despite the similarity of these racetams at a chemical level, small changes have dramatic impacts on their interaction with the human brain and body. The most widely known and studied, Piracetam, has a longer lasting effect...
Entering the world of neuro enhancement is fun and rewarding, but nootropics aren’t necessarily the first place that you start. Your brain functions optimally with certain chemical balances, but diet plays a huge role in neurotransmitter regulation. In the case of enhancing your cognitive ability, remembering and learning better, Choline is a...
Most Nootropics are broadly defined as substances that can improve cognitive function, such as alertness, memory, concentration, and mood. There are many different modes of action that create these effects, but often they function by altering neurotransmitters. The four main neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, and GABA ) can...
The names sums them up perfectly. Fish oil is oil that comes from fish. Krill oil is similar, but limited to only antarctic krill (that’s a type of small crustacean). Despite being so simple in theory, fish oil and krill oil both have a major effect on the body of a human because of the Omega 3 fatty acids they contain. Getting enough of them...