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It is clearly important to a number of us to keep a sharp mind.    What do I mean by keeping a sharp mind?

1) Prevention of disease like Alzheimers

2) Better memory

3) Clear fast thinking

There are numerous things that you can take to support your brains functions.    Telling if any supplement is helping can be a very subjective judgement.

I feel the least certain of all my supplements in this category.   Here is a list of the supplements associated with brain function improvements that I have studied.

Aniracetam
Omega3
B12
Choline
Phenylpiracetam
Noopept
D3
Pycnogenol
Curcumin
Carnitine
Fisetin
Piracetam
EGCG
Melatonin
Carnosine
PQQ
Citicoline
Oxiracetam
Ginseng

Measuring Brain

Here are the moods I categorize:

EM EA Moo Rel Foc Cre WOR FIN Lus Phy

EM = Energy in the morning. I break my feelings morning to afternoon because frequently one or the other might be considerably better or worse.

EA = Energy in the afternoon

Moo = Happy Sad … this is simply smiley feeling good or feeling down for some reason

Rel = Relationship Do I feel good about my primary relationship

Foc = Focus = Am I feeling truly focused and sharp thinking

Cre = Creativity = Am I feeling like I’m creative today

Wor = Work = How do I feel about work and relationships

Fin = Financial = Do I feel good about finances

Lus = Lust = Do I feel horny, sensual or however you want to describe it

Phy = Physical Strength = Do I feel good about my strength or my physical progress, fitness of my body

 

These are all subjective measures.  I believe each is important to understanding if you are really happy and executing well in life.   Since our brains are the ultimate determinant of how well we do on all these things and react to them I think you have to understand what is contributing to your mood and brain function.

 

Strategy

There are a lot of supplements that are associated with aspects of better brain function or are considered likely to improve brain function.  I have started to measure myself during the day on my mood.   In the past I would simply say, I am in a good mood, a bad mood.   Mood can be very multi-faceted.  I could be very happy about my relationship, unhappy about work.  I could feel energetic or clear and sharp and other times feel disoriented and not focused.  There are a lot of things that affect mood including real world events as well as what I just ate, how much sleep I had, when I last had sex, etc..

I have also found music, where I am, the time of day.  So many factors.  So, I am keeping a spreadsheet with 10 different mood indicators and trying to determine how I feel to see if I can tie those moods to some supplement, sleeping regime or other thing I can manipulate.

If nothing else it is useful to be aware of your feelings because you can’t improve a situation if you don’t even know it is upsetting you. Objectively analyzing it can remind you to do something about it.  The data gives you the basis to adjust strategies to meet the problem.

 

Alzheimers

Much of the research dollars today are focused on Alzheimers and the supposed assumption that if you prevent Alzheimers you will have a perfectly fine brain otherwise.  🙂   I don’t know if that is a good assumption.   I don’t believe I am very likely to get Alzheimers.  It’s not a big worry so I haven’t really looked too much into what things prevent it.  I believe many of the supplements I take and generally the healthy way I eat will be preventative enough.  Maybe I am naive about this and someone could illuminate why I should worry about Alzheimers specifically more.

My spreadsheet and the studies I have put these chemicals as most likely to impact ones likelihood of getting Alzheimers.

Circumin

Omega3

D3

Mood Supplements

I am a pretty upbeat person and so the need for anti-depressants or calming supplements hasn’t been of interest to me.  There are a large number of supplements in this category.    For the reasons stated I haven’t studied them very well either.   I know there are several supplements that are considered very effective but I don’t track them.  I suggest that you do your own research in this area.

It is typical that many of the “Brain” supplements out in the market contain a number of these included in their recipes probably because a lot of people’s brain function is probably affected by nervousness, depression or other more problematic concerns which I am not particularly worried about.

Brain Supplements are generally classified into 3 categories:

Individual supplements with a single chemical  – here you can find B12 and Circumin, Fisetin, or other chemicals that don’t fall into the other categories.

Classic Brain Recipe – Here you will find BrainGenX Brain Food, Rainbow Light Busy Brain Release and Fast Brain supplements from numerous manufacturers.  These recipes include Ginko Biloba, L-Theanine, Valerian, Choline, Vinpocetine and numerous other similar chemicals determined from Chinese medicine to be brain healthy supplements.

No-otropic Stacks -Phenylpiracetam and variations in the Racetam family as well as Choline usually combined to form a “stack.”   Much has been made of college students trying to use these for enhanced scores as well as people trying to get off ADHD drugs by using them for less side effects.   So far, I have no personal experience to recommend them but I haven’t tried.   Studies and people’s testimonials do seem to indicate I should add them next iteration to my recipe.

Memory

There are several supplements which have a long history of being associated with sharper minds or better memory.  The one that is most common is:

Ginko Biloba: (240mg daily required dose to meet studies guidelines)  Ginko has been shown in some studies to be effective but to do so you need to take 240mg+.   It is hard to find supplements that have this level easily obtainable.    I use Rainbow Light Ginko Bacopa Quick Thinking supplements.  You have to take 3 pills to get 240mg.  It contains numerous other good things for the brain.

Melatonin:

ALA  (alpha lipoic acid):

Green Tea:   For a long time studies have shown Green tea has a big impact on reducing cancers along the gastrointestinal tract however, other studies point to its beneficial effects on other systems including brain.  I don’t think anyone understands why it might do so.

Ginger:

Quick Thinking / Clarity:

Circumin:

B12: 1,000ucg to 5,000ucg:   You will need to take a supplement to get this amount of B-12 but B-12 has been related in numerous studies I’ve seen to faster brain function and better memory, higher alertness, sharper thinking.

ALC (Acetyl-l-carnitine 1000mg or more):   I think this is one of the most important supplements to take.  ALC is involved in mitochondrial function and studies have shown mitochondrial function as critical.    ALC is involved in the conversion process of ADP to ATP.   This is a basic element to all operations in the cell practically.  If you want to move a molecule from one place to another ATP provides the basic energy by supplying a phosphate atom and releasing energy in the process.    ALC is a basic building block in this regeneration chemical reaction.

Noopept Drugs

There has recently been a lot of interest generated in a class of substances discovered in Russia that seem to have significant enhancement to brain function.   These drugs are grouped together as No-otropics.  I have only dabbled in these.   I took a couple doses last iteration of my regime and decided they were too much.  I was not having any noticeable effect that was positive and some negative effect.  I decided to delay adding these into my regime until I learned more.

Studies

“+3 to -3
Total
Supplement Disease Related pointer Title comments Date Efficacy
Choline Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Alpha-GPC/ Examine.com 4
Ginseng Brain https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Ginkgo_Supplements_Memory_Review/GinkgoBiloba/ CONSUMERLAB Korean Ginseng used in ADHD studies 4
B12 Brain https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/B_Vitamins_B-Complexes_Thiamin_Niacin_B-6_B-12_Biotin_and_Folic_Acid/bvitamins/ CONSUMERLAB 3
B12 Brain http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2008/09/08/vitamin-b12-key-to-aging-brain Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain (reduced brain volume with less B12 even at normal levels) 9/2013 2
Resveratrol Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/hfhs-srs022013.php Study: Resveratrol shows promise to protect hearing, cognition 2
Aniracetam Brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aniracetam WIKI Potent antianxiety, calm 2
Citicoline brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citicoline WIKI increase dopamine receptor sites 2
Noopept Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Noopept/ Examine.com significant benefit for brain recovery 2
BacopaMonnieri Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Bacopa+monnieri/ Examine.com 3 to 4 weeks to get significant memory improvement 2
Phenylpiracetam Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Phenylpiracetam/ Examine.com 2
Piracetam Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Piracetam/ Examine.com 2
D3 Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/uoc–vdc071509.php Vitamin D, curcumin may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease 1
Curcumin Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/uoc–vdc071509.php Vitamin D, curcumin may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease 1
D3 Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uoc–vdo020513.php Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s 1
Omega3 Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uoc–vdo020513.php Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s 1
EGCG Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/w-bbs090512.php Brainy beverage: Study reveals how green tea boosts brain cell production to aid memory 1
Ginkgo Brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba WIKI 1
Probiotics Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoc–cgb052813.php Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows 1
Pterostilbene Brain https://www.biotivia.com/pteromax.html Biotivia claims memory enhancements, 1
Pycnogenol Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/mg-pft120611.php Pycnogenol found to improve memory and test scores in college students in new clinical … 1
Carnosine Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uosf-ntp110613.php Natura Therapeutics product shown to improve decision making skills in older adults 1
Melatonin Brain http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-10-memory-loss-alzheimer-reversed.html#ajTabs Melatonin part of regimen reversed memory loss 1
Curcumin Brain http://www.worldhealth.net/news/spice-compound-boosts-brain-stem-cells/ Circumin boosts brain stem cells 1
fisetin Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-10/si-anc101706.php A natural chemical found in strawberries boosts memory in healthy mice 1
Aniracetam Brain http://nootriment.com/aniracetam/ Aniracetam Cognitive Enhancement Guide For Beginners – See more at: http://nootriment.com/aniracetam/#sthash.G1tcxo5v.dpuf 1
Aniracetam Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-09/bmj-ii092909.php Increase in ‘academic doping’ could spark routine urine tests for exam students 1
fisetin Brain http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=655 Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer’s disease in mice 1
phenylpiracetam brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylpiracetam WIKI 1
Noopept brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noopept WIKI 1
phenylpiracetam brain http://nootriment.com/phenylpiracetam/ Phenylpiracetam – A Super Strong Nootropic Supplement – See more at: http://nootriment.com/phenylpiracetam/#sthash.rMO8nzco.dpuf 1
Oxiracetam brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxiracetam 1000 times more powerful than piracetam 1
Piracetam brain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20166767 Piracetam and piracetam-like drugs: from basic science to novel clinical applications to CNS disorders. 1
Aniracetam brain http://examine.com/supplements/Aniracetam/ Aniracetam 1
EGCG brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/uob-gtb040714.php Will green tea boost your brain 1
Choline Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-05/epr-nsi052307.php New study indicates that people may need more dietary choline than previously thought 1
Choline Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uog-cii071113.php Choline intake improves memory and attention-holding capacity 1
Vinpocetine Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Vinpocetine/ Examine.com 1
Noopept Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Noopept/ Examine.com 1
Oxiracetam Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Oxiracetam/ Examine.com 1
B12 Brain http://examine.com/supplements/Vitamin+B12/ Examine.com 1
Carnitine Brain consumerlabs Carnitine found beneficial for memory and cognition 0
Omega3 Brain http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/aaon-efn091713.php Eating fish, nuts may not help thinking skills after all -1
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