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Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 10, 2011 03:35PM
I'm talking ginkgo biloba and such, which are supposed to increase brain oxygenation... makes for interesting reading: [en.wikipedia.org]




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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 10, 2011 03:51PM
Maybe. I'm not sure. I forgot... devil smiley

However... the FDA doesn't think so.

[www.fda.gov]
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: Mini 9
Date: May 10, 2011 04:02PM
"Stuff you should know" podcast recent episode
"a podcast to remember"
they said that the brain's cognitive ability starts to diminish at age 20!
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 10, 2011 04:06PM
I located this interesting piece from the Mayo Clinic

[www.mayoclinic.com]



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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 10, 2011 04:12PM
Oh yeah...
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 10, 2011 04:14PM
[www.bbc.co.uk]
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: haikuman
Date: May 10, 2011 04:25PM
Thank you btfc. Good link ~!~

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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: May 10, 2011 04:35PM
Big consumer of them for years, since the 80s.

My experience: ginkgo never worked, and has never proven to.

Rhodiola (rhodiola rosea) root, just by itself, can be an effective anti-depressant. Get the best source you can from your local health-food store, at least 5% rosavins. The tincture form, although pretty nasty tasting, is the most potent.

Eleuthero (eleuthero coccus) root, a classic adaptogen, helps with adrenal fatigue. But studies show it helps with concentration. I've found this one particularly helpful, especially cumulatively. 200-1000mg/day

A-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline: One of the precursors to acetylcholine, one of the main neurotransmitters in our brain. Used to be considered a B vitamin, now just thought of as a brain nutrient. Actually, get ahold of any of the available plant-based cholines now out there (phosphatidyl choline, etc). And the prices have dropped in the past 5 years (used to be north of $400/kilo and are now around $225). 500mg a day gives you a noticeable mental focus boost. AGP used to be available only in prescription form in Europe until 1999, it's that powerful.

Piracetam (or the more expensive form, Pramiracetam): one of the best nootropics out there, and again, the price has dropped significantly since the 90s. it's now around $50/kilo, and well worth it. You'll feel piracetam's effects fairly quickly. I found it actually helped with things like my eyesight, hearing, which isn't abnormal.

Others, but that's a good start.



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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: May 10, 2011 06:44PM
I just buy from Brain Toniq from my ol'buddy Tuqqer.
I drink it for the health benefits and the taste.
Sounds like I'm a used car salesman here...

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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 10, 2011 09:27PM
My experience: ginkgo never worked, and has never proven to.


A botanist friend of mine says the same thing: zero effect on memory or other brain functions. I tend to trust him on the science.
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: Anthony
Date: May 11, 2011 07:54AM
Tuqqer, Dave. Love it you are in Boulder too and on this thread.

Personally, no supplements. Leafy green shake in the morning and seasonal master cleanse does it for me. Day 3 today...



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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: pipiens
Date: May 11, 2011 09:41AM
Lots of academics/scientists take that kind of stuff. Nature magazine ran a survey.
[www.nature.com]
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Re: Anyone using one of these "brain boosting" supplements?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: May 11, 2011 10:19AM
Quote
pipiens
Lots of academics/scientists take that kind of stuff...
[www.nature.com]

I'm surprised more people don't. Most people's livelihoods rely heavily on the ability to think clearly, to process in multiple directions, etc., yet few look beyond daily tweaking their brain with stimulants. Caffeine can be great, but it doesn't give anything back. And like anything that tweaks, it has to use up existing nutrients to work (including adrenaline, which really rips up the immune system). Nootropics are really just brain vitamins, nutrients that it needs.
Anthony's right: with really good eating habits, nootropics become less important, because most are built into great food already. But for the rest, for those with any kind of vision for their life (kids too), it's worthy to experiment with them.



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