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Does anybody take Nootropics?

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Created October 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Ive seen several discussions on Paleohacks in regards to that we may need to supplement even optimal diets as A) our soil is depleted and B) we are under more stress and less ideal environments that we evolved to handle. In regards to B) does anyone give themselves a boost using nootropics? Ive tried some years ago and didnt get much benefit but this product looks interesting (ingredients listed on the side of webpage) and is getting good reviews. The casing looks really artificial though and Id probably just make my own mix from smart powders or some other site

http://www.onnit.com/alphabrain/

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3422 · April 01, 2013 at 1:10 PM

To be fair... it's not for everybody. I think that this is a commonly overlooked phenomenon with herbal supplements. I really felt that Alpha Brain did nothing for me, while my roommate swears by it. It can be expensive, but Onnit does offer a full refund (completely hassle free) on your first bottle at your request.

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3422 · March 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Exactly, Quilt.. human body stopped evolving thousands of years ago. Technology and invention is the new human evolution. The ability to create all the things we've created is no accident.

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25 · January 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This is mostly correct for now. I would probably add melatonin.

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2437 · December 30, 2011 at 5:04 AM

Alpha Brain http://www.onnit.com/alphabrain/ New Mood http://www.onnit.com/new-mood/

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2437 · December 30, 2011 at 5:03 AM

@The Quilt. Ive bee using these last two supplements with good effects. I already ate paleo, lifted heavy, slept in dark room, made homemade bone broth and took vitamin D, C, magnesium, and kelp. I have a high demand new job and these two nootropics are helping. Pre-paleo I was diagnosed by the Amen clinic and UCLA with GAD, ADHD and chronic depression. With Paleo I felt waaaaaay better but still had my battles. The alpha brain (below) seems to help with my drive and the new mood (below) seems to help my mood. I think they are overpriced but I do feel better on them

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25467 · December 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

No, the more I read the more connections I can make to try to figure out the byzantine biologic connections that drive evolutions grand plan. I leave the accusatory flaps and complaining to those who enjoy thinking small or just don't want to understand what drives us to optimal.

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25467 · December 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

No, the more I read the mor econnection I can make to try to figure out the byzantine connections that drive evolutions grand plan. I leave the complaining and bitching to guys like you.

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2890 · December 29, 2011 at 7:43 AM

@Quilt, do you own shares of a supplement company or something?

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2890 · December 29, 2011 at 7:26 AM

And the only thing The Quilt mentioned that work are amphetamines and modafinil.

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5629 · November 16, 2011 at 5:45 AM

I'm intrigued by Get Smart...

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8239 · November 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM

To which list I would suggest the addition of Selegilene (L-deprenyl). Mentioned not as a blanket recommendation for use; rather simply noted as an agent widely used to nootropic effect.

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25467 · October 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

DMAE, theophylline, theobromine, Biopterin, B6, B5, PQQ, Sage, rosemary, rolipram, guaneficin, 5-HTP, typrtophan, resveratrol, curcumin, rhodiolia, theanine, teas, kava, maca......

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25467 · October 10, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Ginko bilba is another. Modafenil, amphetamines are big for college aged kids

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25467 · October 10, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Piracetem is one that several here have asked me about

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2890 · December 29, 2011 at 7:39 AM

I don't do nootropics I am nootropics.

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2890 · December 29, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Over the counter: caffeine, ephedrine, nicotine.

Prescription: Amphetamines, modafinil.

Honorable mention: green tea

Everything else is a waste of money/time/effort. Don't spend time researching nootropics spend time studying.

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25 · January 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This is mostly correct for now. I would probably add melatonin.

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0 · February 20, 2014 at 12:50 AM

I've never taken any supplements, but it's an interesting idea. I try to do things as naturally as possible when attempting to boost my brain: drink lots of water, get the right amount of sleep, exercise, and get outside to get vitamin D as often as I can. I'm a part of the generation that sits inside on the computer more often than anything else, so it's definitely important to get up and move around! http://zonednutrition.com

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0 · February 20, 2014 at 12:50 AM

I've never taken any supplements, but it's an interesting idea. I try to do things as naturally as possible when attempting to boost my brain: drink lots of water, get the right amount of sleep, exercise, and get outside to get vitamin D as often as I can. I'm a part of the generation that sits inside on the computer more often than anything else, so it's definitely important to get up and move around! http://zonednutrition.com

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90 · March 31, 2013 at 7:57 AM

I've been using Alpha Brain for the past couple years, since Joe Rogan started talking about it on his podcast. I honestly think its a pretty great product, the cost is expensive but you will feel a bit more energized, focused and sharper throughout the day. It does help with speech and you will definitely get some pretty crazy lucid dreaming off it, I say try it and see how it goes for you. It is definitely something I could live without, but it doesn't hurt to take it every once in awhile when you have a long day ahead of you and you need a nice pick me up.

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3422 · April 01, 2013 at 1:10 PM

To be fair... it's not for everybody. I think that this is a commonly overlooked phenomenon with herbal supplements. I really felt that Alpha Brain did nothing for me, while my roommate swears by it. It can be expensive, but Onnit does offer a full refund (completely hassle free) on your first bottle at your request.

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3422 · March 31, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Wellbutrin I've found to have a pretty huge impact, without a real high.

I've tried Alpha Brain, ashwaganda, a few others here & there with no noticeable difference.

My roommate loved Alpha Brain.

I like Adderall, but I get strung out real quick on it.

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8 · March 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I've actually gotten to order through SDFT as Stevin Chang mentioned, however I have been using their Pramiracetam. Along with L-theanine it is pretty much the only supplements I take. I get the choline I need for Pramiracetam to be effective from chicken eggs.

Pramiracetam is similar to Piracetam however has other benefits that Piracetam doesn't have. Personally I have been considering supplementing Piracetam considering its reported benefits concerning the stimulation of the Corpus Callosum (the communicative bridge responsible for sending and receiving information across the two hemispheres of the brain).

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0 · January 29, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Neuro-Boost Piracetam from Smart Drugs for Thought is the only Nootropic I take. I have never experienced any side effects from this. Actually at higher doses, sounds/colors(typically from high resolutions) become much more electrifying and vibrant. Great for verbal memory boost and enhancement as well. Honestly, I think every student should take this product. It really does support studying and is fun to be on.

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25 · January 02, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I've found drinking above average amounts of water (~1 gallon per day) and having lots of electrolytes, including potassium, to noticeably put me at a higher state of functioning.

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321 · December 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I always liked selegeline and modafinil seemed a great combo at the time, enabled me to get inhuman amounts of work done. I'm older and hopefully a touch wiser and now wouldn't touch these as they are hairs breadth from amphetamines.

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17073 · December 01, 2011 at 2:32 AM

DMAE works very nicely, but you have to take it for a while, it's not instant. Now using FocusFactor which contains it and other stuff.

Chocolate/Cocoa and coffee work nicely too.

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78407 · October 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Using piracetam daily.

Using hydergine with it from time to time, not always as it might have negative side effects with chronic use (although those are not confirmed, pulmonary fibrosis).

I would use Idebenone if I had source and lots of other things.

I tried once GetSmart.... that shit is more then awesome.... you level up ! Stopped using it as I was scared, I was stinking too much 'on chemistry' - everything - urine, sweet.... my friend didn't mind that and continued. He still thinks its aweso

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5629 · November 16, 2011 at 5:45 AM

I'm intrigued by Get Smart...

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1786 · October 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM

yes i use body quick, which is basically like profiderall but with some chinese herbs and no piracetam. this post reminded me i have some bulk piracetam i never opened when i moved apartments so i just dosed 800mgs.

re: bodyquick - i have found that it definitely creates an altered state, like a lucid dreaming state where time perception is altered as well as mood. i wouldnt say i'm uber focused like some OCDroid, but that i could choose to be focused on what i want to, relative to everythging else going on in my body. i have some chronic conditions that create chronic fatigue and depression amongst other symptoms, so bodyquick helps my brain "relax" without feeling tired or fatigued. it helps my creativity but needs to be spaced out or it won't work due to tolerance.

the real benefit for me i think comes from the huperzine. i once mega dosed some huperzine for kicks and had a very very good time, but then again i am experienced in crazy ass meditation and hallucinogenic spirituality. your mileage will vary.

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0 · October 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Nootropics work best in a stack and can be found in variety of different over the counter smart pills and Adderall Alternatives. There are dozens of options available now, but PROFIDERALL pioneered the use of Nootropics as a means for healthy over achievers to improve cognitive function and is still the #1 Cognitive Energy Enhancer.

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2437 · October 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Here are some examples in regards to ADHD. Alpha GPC is mentioned in this article which many also take with Piracetam to boost mental acuity.

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/PrinterFriendly.aspx?ID=706&lang=

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8255 · October 10, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Tried, other than caffeine, didn't see any benefit.

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78407 · December 15, 2011 at 6:06 AM

you're all faggots

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