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Memory, Sleep, and Concentration Stack

A reader wrote in looking for advice on creating a stack for memory, sleep, and concentration. This person suffers from low moods and problems sleeping. They also often build a tolerance to nootropics quickly. This person is looking to create a new stack as they have had success in the past with nootropics, but experienced sleep disruption and wants to avoid that.

Since the list of nootropics they gave was so extensive, I decided to dedicate an entire blog post to this topic in hopes of helping them and others suffering from similar issues.

The nootropic stacks are as follows:

Morning Stack

Caffeine Anhydrous 100 mg
L-Theanine 50 mg
Aniracetam 750 mg
Alpha GPC 200 mg
Creatine HCl 750 mg
Sulbutiamine 200 mg
Vinpocetine 5 mg  (3 days on, 1 off)
Huperzine A 1% 100 mcg  (every fourth day)
Noopept 50 mg  (cycle with pramiracetam every 2 weeks)
Pramiracetam 200 mg  (cycle with noopept every 2 weeks)
Stevia 95% Steviosides 500 mg

Afternoon Stack

Aniracetam 750 mg
Sulbutiamine 200 mg
Vinpocetine 5 mg  (3 days on, 1 off)
Huperzine A 1% 100 mcg  (every fourth day)
PEA 200 mg
Phosphatidylserine 100 mg
NALT 500 mg

Before Bed

L-theanine 100 mg (3 days on, 1 off)
Phenibut 500 mg (every 4th day)
Phosphatidylserine 100 mg

If you’re designing a stack for concentration, energy, and sleep, you want to keep a few things in mind. First off, it’s crucial that you dose up with energy-boosting supplements in the morning without overloading on anything that will cause a crash during the day. Come afternoon, you want a mild energy boost that’ll get you through your day without leaving you overstimulated for sleep. Your evening stack should be mild so it doesn’t cause dependency. The stack above should cover all the requested areas very well. Substances are paired to work as synergistically as possible, while a few are cycled for safety/dependency reasons. Here’s a brief overview of each portion of the stack.

Morning Stack

Stacking caffeine and l-theanine in the morning should work synergistically to boost baseline cognitive function while minimizing over-stimulation [1]. Paired with Aniracetam, this will be great for verbal fluency, reduced anxiety, and increased memory [2, 6]. And the aniracetam will in turn be even more effective when stacked with alpha GPC.

Creatine is a great supplement for your mind and body so long as you keep the doses reasonable, and will help maintain energy levels throughout the day without overstimulation [2]. Look for sulbutiamine to combat fatigue, boost dopamine (pleasure neurotransmitter) and reduced inhibitions – making for easier immersion in conversation [3]. Sulbutiamine powder may taste vile, but it’s a fantastic way to boost energy without any jittery side effects.

As far as memory goes, Vinpocetine and Huperzine are both great choices; they are cycled here to disrupt your body adapting to them, and because long-term impacts of Huperzine are not very well studied [4]. They’ll pair well with pramiracetam or noopept, which are both great for boosting memory, concentration, and focus.

You should cycle them to prevent your brain from adapting; plus pramiracetam has the potential for a toxic buildup of nitric oxide [6]. Stevia is another great compound that has been shown to reduce stress levels; it is great for offsetting any overstimulation you might get for other compounds. Plus it can help to mask the bitter flavor that comes with most nootropics.

Starting your day off like this should give you a well-rounded cognitive start to your day while promoting healthy energy levels.

Afternoon Stack

The afternoon stack should work in synergy with your morning stack, which is why you will be redosing the aniracetam and sulbutiamine powders as both see improved effects when taken cumulatively. You’ll also repeat your vinpocetine/huperzine cycle here, since they’re more effective when their doses are split up throughout the day.

Beta Phenylethylamine (PEA) will give a mild energy boost and, taken in the afternoon, should set you up for more restful sleep come nighttime. Phosphatidylserine should take any edge off while priming you for sleep. And, finally, NALT is added because it will help your body produce dopamine and noradrenaline [7], crucial neurotransmitters for energy and focus (the PEA should boost dopamine stimulation even further [6]).

You’ll be primed for maximizing this production thanks to your morning stack. Overall, this part of the stack will take your morning edge and allow it to mellow out while still giving you a sufficient energy boost to stay productive throughout the day.

Before Bed

For the final part of the stack, I added phenibut. L-theanine will relax you and is beneficial to your GABA system, which helps regulate mood and stress. Take phenibut powder every fourth day; since it hits your GABA-B receptors, it works synergistically with l-theanine, and will provide you with a very deep, restful sleep [9].

Phosphatidyl Serine for Sleep

The downside is that tolerance and dependence build fast, while efficiency declines, so keep this to every fourth day to maximize efficiency.  Then you can round it off with one last dose of phosphatidylserine to boost relaxation and improve memory formation while you sleep [10].

One concern with such an elaborate stack is the actual measurement and consumption of the powders. Weighing out fifteen or so nootropics (not to mention swallowing them) is going to get a bit arduous even for the most dedicated nootropic enthusiasts.

Fortunately, you can put your powders in capsules, and there is an inexpensive machine that makes the process quick and easy. For this stack you’ll want to get a machine that works with size 00 capsules – they hold about 800 mg give or take a bit.

The entire process of capping takes about five minutes and gives you 24 capsules each go-round – almost enough for an entire month. It’s a heck of a lot easier than measuring out each substance day to day, and has the added bonus of making the worse-tasting nootropics (hello, sulbutiamine powder) much easier to take.

SOURCES

  1. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/8/1572S.long
  2. http://examine.com/supplements/Aniracetam/
  3. http://examine.com/supplements/Sulbutiamine/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3781107/
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8557218
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1767242
  7. http://examine.com/supplements/L-Tyrosine/
  8. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/expert-answers/phosphatidylserine/faq-20057764
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761
  10. http://examine.com/supplements/Phosphatidylserine/

Nootropics and Creativity: How to Safely Boost your Artistic Side

Nootropics and Creativity

Whether you’re looking to kickstart your novel, paint the next Mona Lisa, or devise a brilliant business plan for your new start-up, creativity is important. It is also no secret that creativity can be a notoriously fickle thing—completely there one day, then gone the next.

It seems like sometimes no matter how devoted you are, no matter how hard you try, there’s just nothing there and everything you try to think up comes out feeling flat. Here’s where nootropics can offer you a quick edge.

Since nootropics are a class of smart drugs designed to benignly tweak your brain performance, there’s a good chance that there’s one out there that will pluck your creativity strings just the right way. Take a look at some of the best compounds for giving you an artistic boost when your muse just refuses to show up.

Aniracetam

Aniracetam is the next step up from Piracetam on the ladder of nootropics. It also produces very distinct effects. It’s cited as the best anti-anxiety nootropic, and as a nootropic that enhances creativity. How exactly does it accomplish this?

First off, Aniracetam is an AMPA modulator. This fact means that in one way or another it enhances the functioning of your AMPA receptors, which are excitatory receptors linked to mood and memory [1]. Secondly, it increases blood flow in the association context—the payoff being that holistic thinking becomes easier [1]. It’s also somewhat anxiolytic; reduced anxiety is something any stumped creative type could use [2].

There are also a few secondary effects that help creativity. Aniracetam can also make vision sharper and more vivid, boost literary fluidity (easier reading!), and make it easier to grasp abstract concepts [2]. Chalk it up to improved communication between brain hemispheres, which is one more way that Aniracetam enhances cognition [3].

The trade off? Naturally creative types may find their thinking taking on a more logical edge thanks to boosted right brain activity, while more literal-minded users will see their logical thought processes become a bit more abstract. It’s a great tool whether you’re looking to enhance your creative project, or just tackle it from a slightly shifted neurological perspective.

Phenibut

Phenibut doesn’t “cause” creativity, but it certainly primes you for it! One of the most important aspects of creativity is flow—the ability to shut everything out and focus entirely on the task at hand. Easier said than done. Your worst enemy? Outside thoughts, stress, worries, doubts…all the small grievances that you’re probably trying to get away from with creativity in the first place.

Phenibut benefits the aspiring artist in two ways. First, it hits your GABA-B receptors, which affect stress and calmness [4]. The overall effect is a soothed, tranquil, present feeling, the sort you might get from exercise or meditation. Studies have also shown that it decreases your inability to act in a negative emotional situation. Like, say, feeling stuck because you can’t generate a new creative idea [5].

Secondly, phenibut has been shown to stimulate dopamine [6]. Tweaked dopamine means a heightened sense of pleasure and meaning from all your sensory input. This is important to creativity in its own right, but dopamine has also been specifically proven to have a strong correlation to creativity. Evidence-based reports even cite phenibut as having mild benefits for memory recall: important if you’re working on an elaborate creative project [7].

Making sure you’re taking a safe amount of phenibut will ensure you aren’t left with a disrupted dopamine system the next day. Dose responsibly and cycle your phenibut often, and you’ll be on your way to having a sure-fire nootropic shortcut to a creative headspace. Dosing irresponsibly can result in many side effects.

Sulbutiamine

Sulbutiamine is a thiamine derived compound created in Japan to combat asthenia, a chronic fatigue that is mentally, not physically, based [8]. Since thiamine is B-vitamin based, that’s exactly what sulbutiamine will reverse! After a safe dose, look for boosted levels of energy that’ll help you complete all your unfinished tasks, creative or otherwise. In other words, it’s been proven to be effective at reducing mental fatigue [9].

It’s important to consider more factors than just “feeling creative” when looking to enhance creativity — focus and energy are crucial even to the most creative mind. Thanks to sulbutiamine, you can make sure you aren’t too worn down to dream.

However, the list of creativity-specific benefits you get from this nootropic don’t stop there. It’s been shown to reduce psycho-behavioral inhibitions — in other words, it eases your conditioned fears [10]. If there’s something you avoid or get stressed by, sulbutiamine makes it easier to approach. So long writer’s block!

Coluracetam

Coluracetam is one of the newest compounds to hit the market, and is the latest iteration in the veritable racetam family. How does it help with creativity? It’s all in the name. Coluracetam is alleged to have ‘’sensory enhancing properties”—colors, for instance look richer.

It’s also alleged to enhance sounds, brighten vision, and thrust the user into an anxiety-dampened, creativity-free headspace. It achieves all this by being the first choline uptake enhancer; it makes the brain turn choline into learning-and-information neurotransmitter acetylcholine faster and more fully [11]. That means you are able to take in more sensory information at once, while simultaneously having more “raw data” to commit to memory.

While the anecdotal feedback on the substance has been very positive so far, it’s worth considering that coluracetam is a very young nootropic, and the clinical research on it is slim at best. While there are no indications that it will deviate from the racetam trend by being anything other than safe and non-toxic, it’s worth using some caution if you’re considering picking some up.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re too tired to focus, out of imaginative ideas, or just not quite as fired up about creativity as you used to be, nootropics offer something to benefit you. Read up on your substance of choice, take the recommended dose, and see for yourself how quickly you can get that brush back in your hand!

Sources

Aniracetam:

[1] – http://examine.com/supplements/Aniracetam/

[2] – http://www.braintropic.com/racetam-comparison/

[3] – http://www.smartdrugsforthought.com/what-is-aniracetam/

Phenibut:

[4] – http://www.raysahelian.com/phenibut.html

[5] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17944107

[6] – http://www.phenibutforanxiety.com/thescienceofphenibut.php

[7] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761

Sulbutiamine:

[8] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10996447

[9] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12973384

[10] – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10996447

Coluracetam:

[11] – http://examine.com/supplements/Coluracetam/

Part 1: Top 4 Nootropic Supplements for Studying

There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you realize it’s only a week before exams and you haven’t done nearly enough studying. That’s where cram sessions come in — or, if you really want an edge, nootropics.

Nootropics are a class of legal “smart drugs” that enhance cognition in various ways. They’re an ideal choice for students looking for that extra boost. There are dozens of nootropics to choose from, with benefits ranging from increased focus to improved memory.

But with so many options, which are the most helpful, and which is the right one for you? After all, what’s a choline supplement? How is melatonin powder going to help you remember information? Here’s a look at the four top nootropics for studying.

Piracetam

Piracetam, which often comes in the form of piracetam powder, is one of the oldest and most widely-studied nootropics. It’s been clinically cited as a useful compound to slow or reverse cognitive decline, and anecdotal reports claim that it boosts focus, memory, and even mood. Before using piracetam, make sure to learn how to take piracetam powder.

The exact mechanisms of piracetam’s actions aren’t completely understood. What is known is that by antagonizing uptake of particular glucose, piracetam increases membrane fluidity. This increase pays off with improved long-term memory and improved communication between the brain’s hemispheres.

Piracetam’s effects on focus and memory can be subtle, and tend to become more obvious after extended use. Trials with patients found few recall-ability differences from the control group after 7 days, but notable enhancements after 14. So if you’re looking cram info with piracetam so you can ace that final, it’s best to start taking it early.

One thing to watch out for: piracetam use burns through choline, a nutrient important for the brain. This use manifests as headaches, so if you want to beef up your studying ability with minimum side effects, it’s recommended you take piracetam with a choline source.

Choline

Choline can be a useful nootropic in its own right, and even without piracetam is a viable option to enhance your academic performance. Choline supplements can be ingested in various forms, including CDP Choline and Alpha-GPC, each of with affect the brain slightly differently. They all have one thing in common, though: they’re processed into acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter crucial to learning and memory.

Even though choline can be found in a healthy diet, 90% of the US population is at least somewhat deficient in choline. This can lead to headaches, fatigue, and memory problems. Supplement with a good choline source, and you’re back in business: a healthy brain primed to take in information and actually retain it.

The main downside to choline is that too much of it can affect you similarly to the ways too little can. Balance here is the key — if you can maintain that, it’s an excellent all-around supplement to keep your brain working at tip-top learning levels.

Galantamine

Galamintine supplements are yet another option for the ambitious student looking to optimize. Extract the active ingredient from organic or synthetic flowers (galanthus caucasicus), and you’ve got a galamantine supplement. Galamantine inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine – and by doing so, notably improves your REM sleep.

The scholastic payoff? Those are the phases of sleep where memories are formed and retained. Are you a rough sleeper? Missing sleep to study?

Toss a galamantine supplement into the mix, and you’re looking at deep, restful sleep that lets you form memories better than ever. A galamantime supplement before bed is the perfect way to conclude and get the most out of heavy study session.

Melatonin

Last up is melatonin powder. You might have heard of melatonin power for its most common use — to regulate sleep cycles. Melatonin is a neurohormone naturally released by the body to regulate sleep cycles. When your brain thinks it’s time for you to go to sleep, it releases melatonin. Melatonin powder let’s you take control of this cycle. Take a healthy dose before bed, and you can severely cut down on sleep latency, or the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

This lets you more or less have control over your sleep cycle. Melatonin powder is the perfect supplement to pair with any or all of the above. By taking it you can ensure you get the most possible sleep each night, which not only lets you retain that days studying better, but leaves you more refreshed for the next day.

Conclusion

All of the nootropics discussed here are very much on the safe side, and the best way to determine how they work for you in particular is to carefully trial them. They’re also safe to take together, so once you’ve figured out which work best for you, you can create your own ideal study-boosting nootropic stack. Time to ace those finals.

Powerful Anxiolytic Nootropic Combo: Rhodiola Rosea and Piracetam Supplement Stack

rhodiola plus piracetam for stress and cognitionIf the stress you’re feeling these days is hindering your ability to focus your thoughts at work or school, know you’re not alone.

In a ComPsych report published in Yahoo Finance, it was found that 62 percent of employees at work have significantly high levels of stress that have them feeling out of control or extremely fatigued.

And if you’re a student, you most likely have a multitude of stressors coming at you from every direction. A full semester of cramming, researching, and test taking can wreak havoc, leaving many students with difficulty concentrating, sleeping, or staying motivated.

If all this talk of stress has you feeling more stressed out, there are two supplements that when used in combination can help you to manage or alleviate much of your stress and improve your ability to focus while studying or working.

Rhodiola Rosea for Stress and Anxiety

Rhodiola Rosea supplement comes from an herb that grows in arctic regions of the world and dates as far back as the Vikings who credited the root as a source of endurance and strength while sailing.

Many studies have been done on this herb and Rhodiola has been found to have the ability to fight fatigue, enhance mental function and acuity, as well as improve sports performance.

Rhodiola is classified as an adaptogenic herb which means that it works through the adrenal glands to produce adjustments in the body that combat and increase resistance to stress without unwarranted side effects.

Rhodiola has also been studied as a positive aid for mood problems; so when you are feeling the effects of a stressful job or the pressure to get the grades, Rhodiola can aid the body in its response to both physical and emotional stressors.

Piracetam for Cognition

Piracetam, which typically comes in the form of piracetam powder is a widely-utilized and highly-recognized nootropic in the racetam family. This popular nootropic works by improving the function of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine through ACh receptors which are used in the memory process.

It has also been found to increase oxygen consumption to the brain which translates to a higher level of brain functioning. Think of it this way: consider the way our bodies function when we are stressed out. We take short, bated breaths from our chest and before we know it, we’re exhausted, we can’t concentrate, and our heads are pounding.

The brain functions in much the same way. Without its proper intake of oxygen, it doesn’t receive or produce commands correctly and it certainly isn’t doing anything at the speed we need it to.

Piracetam increases oxygen levels in the brain, allowing it to function at an accelerated level without the jitters or excitability of other stimulants. It continues to be one of the most popular nootropics as a result of its long list of benefits and few side effects.

Piracetam is one of the few nootropics that has little to no adverse effects when taken for long periods of time which translates to no heavy let downs or symptoms of withdrawl. What more could a college student cramming for a test or a stressed out worker putting in long hours wish for?

Powerful Anxiolytic Nootropic Combo

Now combine the two. An adaptogenic herb that helps your body more effectively respond to both stress and melancholy alongside a powerful cognitive enhancer that increases oxygen to the brain for optimal performance and focus.

Both mind and body are addressed, leaving the stress behind and allowing your mind to focus on getting the job done.

Dosages will vary from person to person and Rhodiola can be taken from 150mg, 3x daily up to 1-2g (total) daily safely with no reported side effects. Most positive effects were reported when taken morning, afternoon, and evening. The suggested serving for Piracetam is 2g, 1 to 2 times daily.

How to Increase Focus and Memory: Pramiracetam

Television. Internet. Radio. Magazines. Newspapers.

In today’s world, we are constantly barraged with media. So much media, in fact, that it can be difficult to focus at all.

If you’ve ever struggled to focus or to remember information, read on to learn more about Pramiracetam, a nootropic that shows promise in supporting focus and memory.

What is Pramiracetam?

Pramiracetam is a derivative of the nootropic substance piracetam, and is considered to be more potent in its effect than its source material.

Pramiracetam is, as the name suggests, a member of the racetam family. Racetams are generally accepted to function by interacting with glutamate receptors in the brain, though there is no hard and fast rule for their mechanisms as they vary between substances.

Many of them, such as piracetam and its derivative pramiracetam, possess nootropic effects. Others, such as oxiracetam, can act as stimulants. Racetams are used around the world for their brain altering effects, and are generally well tolerated with few adverse side effects.

What are the health benefits associated with taking Pramiracetam?

Pramiracetam, like any nootropic, is widely used by people for its ability to benefit concentration and memory. Mental benefits that are associated with taking pramiracetam have been reported to include:

  • Enhanced sensitivity to sound
  • Enhanced vision
  • Improved speed of learning and information uptake
  • Improved cognition
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Improved long term memory recollection
  • Improved durability of short term memory
  • Improved confidence in social situations
  • Improved mood
  • Heightened motivation

Pramiracetam is often used by students and workers for the above benefits. In addition to these benefits, pramiracetam has also shown promise as a neuroprotective substance. These benefits are what aid its users in taking in and retaining information.

Pramiracetam in Capsules and Powder

Pramiractam is available in capsules as well as a bulk powder. Many users prefer to buy bulk powder as opposed to the capsules, but this is largely a matter of personal preference. Both variations can be found here.

Many prefer the powder as it is cheaper and allows them to specifically alter their dose more easily than a capsule or tablet would. Anyone looking to buy pramiracetam, especially looking to buy bulk powder of the substance, will find it available around the world online.

Where to Buy Noopept Online at the Best Quality and Price

Noopept is certainly one of the most effective and powerful Nootropic supplements available on the market today.

In fact, it is an excellent supplement to use by those who are looking to improve their memory, concentration, learning ability, and a number of other cognitive functions.

Of course, finding the highest quality at the best price for all your supplements is certainly one of the most important things as well.

Noopept Effects:

Before you buy Noopept, it is important to understand some of the things this supplement will do for you. It has been proven to increase memory, expand learning capacity, possibly lengthen attention span, and improve concentration and focus. It is also considered to be significantly more powerful than piracetam, which is the first Nootropic (and the standard to which all seem to be compared).

This supplement works by boosting the rate of acetylcholine synthesis and levels within the brain. This increase, in turn, helps to form new neurons and basically increase the overall efficiency of the nervous system.

Where to Buy Noopept and other Nootropics

One of the things that most of the noopept reviews leave out is where to actually buy the supplement, in this case where to buy noopept. There are several possible sources to consider. For example:

So, which is better? Obviously, if you base your decision on price alone the choice is clearly Health Supplement Wholesalers. Of course, there are a number of ways to determine the quality of nutritional supplements as well. You see, contrary to popular belief, not all nutritional supplements are created equal.

The first thing you need to watch for is the grade. There are, in fact, four different possible grades including pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic (nutritional), and feed (or agricultural) grade. The highest quality of these is pharmaceutical grade, meaning that the supplement has been tested for its purity, dissolution, and absorption by an outside party.

Medical grade is also very high quality and a number of supplements you are familiar with, such as prenatal vitamins, will typically fall into this category.

Cosmetic or nutritional grade supplements are typically sold in health food stores and may not always have the same exact concentrations as what is listed on the label, especially if they have not been tested (some are, but many are not… there is no way to automatically tell).

When determining which supplement to use, never use anything less than cosmetic or nutritional grade. Even then, it is better to stick with medical grade or pharmaceutical grade for assurance. All of the supplements listed above should be examined for their grade. If the grades are equivalent, which they likely are in this case, then it makes sense to pick the one which is the best value. On this list that would clearly be the Health Supplement Wholesaler product for a mere $21.97. That is just $2.19 per gram.

Top 4 Nootropics: Nootropic Stack for Studying

Finals can be stressful, a nootropic stack for studying can helpIf you are returning to college then you know tough work is ahead. Sure, there will be old friends to hang out with and new friends to meet, but also a lot of studying and work and going to classes.The demands placed upon your time and mental and physical energy can be intense.

In many cases, these demands can cause diet and even sleep schedules to suffer. Fortunately, a category of supplements known as Nootropics can help to improve your memory and mental function. The following is a great, perhaps the best, nootropic stack for studying.

Alpha GPC:

The first brain boosting supplement is Alpha GPC. The purpose of this supplement is to boost levels of Acetylcholine within the brain. Acetylcholine is a powerful neurotransmitter that is believed to play a vital role in memory formation, learning capacity, and a number of other mental and cognitive processes. Not only that, but it also helps to make the other components of this stack even more effective. Take up to 600mg daily.

L-Theanine:

L-Theanine is a great supplement to improve focus and leads to a relaxed and almost meditative state. If you are a coffee or other caffeine drinker, this one will help to relieve all of the jitters normally felt from those types of products and replace it with a clean and simple type of focus. Basically, this supplement helps to smooth out brain waves and allows you to relax much easier. Take up to 200mg daily.

Pramiracetam:

One of the premier members of the Racetam family of Nootropic supplements, Pramiracetam is an incredibly powerful memory booster. Using this supplement will also help with studying and can even be used up to twice a day. Take 300 to 600mg daily (one or two doses). A little experimentation can determine which type of dosing schedule works best for your body chemistry.

Optional:

The last member of this stack can vary, depending on what you are studying or if you were looking for a certain type of help.

Oxiracetam:

Oxiracetam is known as a logic booster. It is incredibly helpful when studying or learning literal or logical based subjects like economics, math, and number based concepts. Facts and figures seem to come much more easily as well. Take 750 to 1500mg on days when it is needed.

Aniracetam:

Aniracetam is used more to help with figurative and creative types of thinking. This supplement is good for subjects like English and writing. You will find new ideas and thoughts just flowing more or less freely.

GABA vs. Phenibut—Which Actually Affects the Body’s GABA More?

GABA is considered to be the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter within the human body. It is responsible for slowing things down and helping to calm our mind and body. GABA is an essential chemical with a number of benefits. Another supplement known as Phenibut is also thought to act as a precursor to GABA. Although both are very effective, ultimately the real goal is to increase the level of GABA circulating in the brain and body. Which one is more effective as a supplement?

What is Phenibut?

Phenibut is a supplement that was developed in Russia during the Cold War. The timing is one of the reasons why it has escaped the attention of western research for so long. In fact, this supplement has been in widespread use throughout Russia and Eastern Europe since the 1970s. It is also part of the required pack for Russian cosmonauts.

In terms of structure, Phenibut is quite similar to GABA. The main difference is that its creators added a Phenyl ring of molecules to the GABA. This addition changed it into a different compound with one incredible benefit—it is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier quite easily, something which natural GABA is not able to do.

Phenibut Powder Benefits:

The essential benefit of Phenibut Powder is that it absorbs into the bloodstream rather quickly and then enters into the central nervous system by crossing over the aforementioned blood-brain barrier. As it is then transformed into GABA, it has the effect of exerting an overall calm to the brain and body. You will feel the stress just melting away.

GABA Benefits:

Of course, GABA that is actually in the brain is capable of helping you to relax. This relaxation includes lower levels of stress, nervousness, and possibly even feelings of sadness. Overall mood will be enhanced. It is easier to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

Conclusion—GABA vs. Phenibut:

Assuming the main goal is to actually increase the level of GABA circulating within the brain, then there is no question that Phenibut is a better supplement. As a direct supplement, GABA is simply not able to cross over the blood-brain barrier and enter into the central nervous system.

Using Creatine to Counteract Brain Fog from Nootropics

Nootropic supplements, although being relatively safe and posing no drastic negative effects, usually come with a few side effects.

Although these side effects will vary from person to person, one of the most common is called brain fog. Many nootropic users opt to use a choline source to combat brain fog, but

creatine nootropic – creatine can have nootropic effects on the braincholine supplements can be very expensive (such as Alpha GPC, the superior choline source).

So what is the savvy nootropic fan to do? Interestingly enough, creatine can provide the relief from brain fog you are seeking.

What is Brain Fog?

This is one of the few instances where the problem sounds exactly like what it is: Fog in your brain. It is the feeling of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity. Effects of brain fog can include feelings of detachment and forgetfulness. Some people even experience problems with their vision.

Other symptoms range from problems with short-term memory to limited attention span. Certain individuals experience brain fog slowly over a brief period while others feel it progress very quickly.

What is Creatine?

Creatine is a supplement that is especially popular with bodybuilders due to its ability to supply energy to your muscles. Creatine is a natural nutrient that is a combination of three amino acids.

A creatine supplement is able to increase the muscle stores of phosphocreatine, potentially increasing the muscles’ ability to resynthesize ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This process is especially necessary when the body has high energy demands such as during workouts.

Creatine can be naturally found in food such as fish and meat and in wild game such as deer, quail, turkey, wild boar, and the like. For an initial Creatine dosage it is recommended to start at 20grams per day (this is for creatine monohydrate, the oldest and most widely used creatine supplement).

Creatine monohydrate requires a loading phase; after that doses reduce dramatically. However, different forms of creatine have different recommended doses such as Creatine HCL, which only requires 750mg per day.

So why use creatine at all if it is purely a body building supplement?

Because it can do so much more.

Creatine Nootropic – Creatine for Brain Fog and Creatine as  a Nootropic

The use of nootropics such as the racetams (Piracetam, Aniracetam, Pramiracetam, etc.) may cause brain fog in some cases. Users attribute this to the lack of balance in diet and dosage when taking these supplements. One can become overdosed or experience negative side effects including brain fog if the food consumption is not monitored.

In effect, high doses of nootropics pull you further away from your normal ATP consumption rate. In order to maintain balance, your ATP intake should be able to keep up with your ATP consumption.

As mentioned, creatine is known to increase the ATP in the body which makes it a favorite among nootropic stacks. By aiding in the production of ATP, creatine is able to block negative effects and act as a nootropic itself.

A study conducted on 45 vegetarian subjects with the purpose of isolating the effect of the supplement with natural creatine in meat found improvement in what is called fluid intelligence (the ability to find meaning in confusion, make connections and solve problems). This intelligence is the opposite of crystallized intelligence which includes ability to add, tie shoelaces, and the like. This increase in fluid intelligence is a major factor in counteracting brain fog.

In addition to creatine brain fog uses, creatine has some nootropic properties of its own. Creatine acts as a neuroprotectant, meaning it protects brain cells from damage. Specifically, creatine protects against excitotoxicity, which causes damage to nerve cells potentially even killing them from excessive stimulation by certain neurotransmitters.

If you find yourself suffering from brain fog and you don’t have the cash to spend on Alpha GPC, creatine is an excellent alternative for you.

Freedom from Constraints: How to Boost Creativity

We are probably all aware of the fact that creativity can come in a number of different forms. Not only this, but there are all types of things and methods that lead to inspiration and the feeling of improved creativity. In many cases, people just simply wake up and the morning and have a sense of whether or not the new day will bring a sense of creative excitement. Other days, it might feel that there is nothing left in the proverbial creativity gas tank.

There is some interesting new research regarding creativity. A number of new studies have come out regarding the ways in which creativity can be enhanced. These studies reveal a number of interesting factors which should be given more consideration. The theme of this new data is darkness and freedom from constraints. Of course, there are also specific nutritional supplements that may improve or enhance natural levels of creativity.

Lighting and Creativity:

These studies did indeed show that lighting is one of the most significant factors in terms of influencing creativity. Bright lights tend to actually make people tired and are somewhat distracting. Obviously, this has huge implications for workplace settings. Interestingly, this also explains the fact why many bars and restaurants like to use dim lighting. Not that they are trying to enhance creativity, of course, but simply as a way of making people feel more comfortable and at home.

Lighting can actually create specific moods in people. There is evidence to show that different colored and different intensity lights can lead to effects ranging from a relaxing mood to one of anger and irritation. This certainly is in line with these recent findings.

Darkness and Freedom from Constraints:

While it may be a bit surprising to some, the studies actually showed that darkness was much more conducive to creativity than light. A good possible explanation for this might be that the dark induces a state or feeling of being freed from constraints and limitations. Even simply dimming the lights can lead to improved creativity.

The most interesting aspects of this study for me were the implications of this upon workplace productivity and effectiveness. One idea is to simply turn down the lights; even just a little bit can help. Another interesting idea would be to have a so-called ‘dark room’ (and not for photography) where employees could go for creativity sessions. These could even be scheduled times.

Supplements for Creativity:

Rather than relying entirely on darkened rooms for improving creativity this state can be helped by the creative (pun intended) use of nutritional supplements. For example, there are some Nootropics which can be effective, like Choline (CDP Choline, Alpha GPC, Centrophenoxine) and Piracetam. Others like L-Theanine and Green Tea (extract) can also be helpful.