natural supplements for anxiety and stress

7 Best Nootropics for Anxiety

David Tomen
Author:
David Tomen
12 minute read

Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding the root causes of anxiety, often associated with neurotransmitter imbalances, is crucial.
  2. Certain nootropics can be effective in alleviating anxiety symptoms by targeting specific neurotransmitters.
  3. Acetylcholine, dopamine, and GABA are some neurotransmitters related to anxiety, and supplements like Alpha GPC, CDP-Choline, and L-Tyrosine can help modulate their levels.
  4. A trial-and-error approach may be necessary to find the most effective nootropic for individual anxiety relief.
  5. Nootropics offer a natural alternative to traditional anti-anxiety medications, with the potential for fewer side effects​1​.

This post is for you if tried anti-anxiety meds, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy. And are looking for a natural nootropic alternative to optimize your brain health.

Or maybe you tried talking to your doctor about how you feel and didn’t get the help you need.

It may be of little comfort, but did you know there is a 77% chance that your anxiety has been misdiagnosed as some physical problem instead?[i]

Because anxiety often manifests as sweating, trembling, nausea, abdominal problems, dizziness, insomnia, heart palpitations, accelerated heart rate, chest pain, shortness of breath, pins and needles, feeling like your losing control and/or feelings of impending doom.

Instead of dealing with the real cause, maybe you were sent down the wrong path. And are still looking for answers.

Nootropic supplements may help if you’re dealing with a genuine anxiety disorder. The kind of anxiety that has you feeling constantly on-edge and an overwhelming sense of dread.

The type of anxiety where you have difficulty concentrating, you’re irritable or restless to the point you’re avoiding family and friends just to numb yourself from feelings of worry and unrelenting doom. Stress hormones gone nuts.

You know, it’s that very type of stress that makes your blood pressure rise from doing too much, or being stretched thin and depression symptoms start to peak through your window and you may even begin to manifest this unresolved energy into panic attacks? Yeah, we’re talking about that kind.

Here you’ll discover the real cause of your anxiety symptoms. And get some help dealing with how you feel. Concrete steps to take that doesn’t include meditation, yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or psychoanalysis.

The Root Cause of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Something may have happened that triggered the anxiety that has turned your life upside down. But if your feelings of anxiety are hanging on and won’t let go, it’s likely because of the dysfunction of neurochemicals in your brain.[ii]

It could be problems with acetylcholine, dopamine, GABA, glutamate, norepinephrine, or serotonin.

But the challenge is figuring out which neurotransmitter is causing the problem. And why drugs like benzodiazepines, SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, and MAOIs are often prescribed for treating anxiety.

How to Find the Root Cause of Your Anxiety Symptoms

A sign of emotion categories that bring on social anxiety disorder.If you have been using an anti-anxiety drug and experienced some relief in your symptoms, you have a head-start.

Because now you have a clue what could be causing your problem. And it may be easier for you to decide which nootropics to try to help you get better and improve cognitive functioning.

First, become familiar with the mechanism of action (or pharmacology) of the med you are using. Wikipedia.org is a good resource for this information.

Simply do a search of Wikipedia for your drug’s generic name. And scroll down to the section “Pharmacology”. Sometimes called the “mechanism of action”.

Once you understand how the drug works in your brain. And which neurotransmitter system it affects. Scroll down the list of nootropic supplements below.

And choose one of the anti anxiety nootropics that has a similar mechanism of action to the drug you were using. Then follow the dosage recommendations for that supplement and try it to see if you feel any anxiety relief.

Typical signs of relief can include positive cognitive performance like reduced brain fog and mental fatigue, less emotional stress, and lowered blood pressure.

But if you’ve never tried using a pharmaceutical to treat your anxiety, or have used one that didn’t work, you’ll need to try each nootropic separately.

And by trial and error you’ll work your way down to find the neurotransmitter system that is causing your anxiety and mental disorders.

Start at the beginning of the list below and try the first nootropic for 1 or 2 days. And see how you feel. If you experience relief from your anxiety symptoms and improved mental health, success!

Now you know which neurotransmitter to work with. You can continue using that nootropic as recommended. And look for other natural nootropic adaptogens that work on the same system.

But if the first nootropic you try doesn’t provide any comfort for lowering your anxiety, put it aside. And try the next one for a couple of days again following dosage recommendations.

Go through the list one-by-one until you find a nootropic that helps you and relieves at least some of your anxiety symptoms.

Some of the nootropics on the list below are precursors. Which means it provides the chemical or molecule needed to make a specific neurotransmitter.

And others are adaptogens that affect a specific neurotransmitter system. Usually by modulating how that brain chemical works in your brain and improving cognitive function.

Let’s get started …

best anxiety supplements 2023Neurotransmitter imbalances

Acetylcholine

Acetylcholine plays a critical role in learning and memory. And acetylcholine levels are modulated by levels of stress in several regions of your brain.

Acetylcholine levels decline as you get older. You need choline for the production of acetylcholine. Not eating enough foods high in choline can also result in insufficient acetylcholine.

In fact, choline is so vital to cognition and nerve function that, without it, we couldn’t move, think, sleep or remember anything.

Studies show that acetylcholine signaling in your hippocampus regulates social stress resilience and anxiety.[iii]

You can increase acetylcholine levels in your brain using either Alpha GPC or CDP-Choline (Citicoline).

Alpha GPC

natural remedies for anxietyAlpha GPC is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Alpha GPC naturally occurs in your brain as a byproduct of phosphatidylcholine (PC).

When your brain needs more choline, and the choline floating around in your brain is running low, it breaks down PC from cell membranes. And turns it into Alpha GPC.

Alpha GPC, acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR), and phosphatidylserine (PS) provide mitochondrial support and conserve growth factor receptors.

DHA (Omega-3) combines with Alpha GPC and PS to form brain cell membranes critical for neuron generation and regeneration.[iv]

Recommended dosage of Alpha GPC is 300 mg 3-times per day.

CDP-Choline (Citicoline)

CDP-Choline is a type of choline that is present in every cell in your body.

Taken as a supplement, it’s then converted to cytidine and choline in your gut. Once it crosses the blood-brain barrier it’s converted back to CDP-Choline.[v] The choline then assists cell membranes and helps create acetylcholine.

CDP-Choline is involved in memory and cognitive functions. And provides energy for the brain to conduct sustained mental effort.

Recommended CDP-Choline dosage is 250 – 500 mg per day.

Dopamine

L-Tyrosine taken as a nootropic supplement converts into the neurotransmitter dopamine.

A girl giving a thumbs up because she elevated her mood by boosting DopamineDopamine helps control movement in your body, is fundamental to memory, attention and problem solving.

The unused dopamine can then convert into the catecholamine neurotransmitters norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenaline).

Norepinephrine is important for attentiveness, emotions, sleeping, dreaming, and learning.

Epinephrine drives your ‘flight-or-flight’ response. It’s what prompts your reaction to dangerous circumstances, emergency situations, or in stressful situations or environments.

Sleep deprivation and extreme stressors like heat and cold can deplete catecholamine levels. L-Tyrosine restores them to preserve optimal cognition and reduce anxiety.[vi]

Recommended dosage of L-Tyrosine is 500 mg 2 or 3-times per day.

GABA

GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid) is the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain. And known to counterbalance the action of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate.

GABA has long been recognized as the main regulator of anxiety. And the GABA neurotransmitter system is the main target of benzodiazepines and other anxiety related drugs used to treat anxiety disorders.[vii]

When GABA is taken as a nootropic supplement, and contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, crosses your blood-brain barrier, it binds with the GABAA receptor protein complex, and acts as an agonist: inducing changes in which the permeability of the central pore to chloride ions gets increased.

The resulting chloride flux hyperpolarizes the neuron, leading to a reduction in its excitability. And producing a general inhibitory effect on neuronal activity.[viii]

Recommended dosage of GABA is 250 – 500 mg per day

Glutamate

L-glutamine is a ‘conditionally’ essential amino acid and main precursor for the production of glutamate and GABA in your brain.

(NOTE: Don’t confuse glutamine with glutamate!)

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. And is involved in many of your bodily functions. Including much of the activity in your brain.

A man on a skateboard eliminated his performance anxiety with the help of glutamine.But Glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in your brain.[ix] And the balance of glutamine and glutamate is critical for optimal brain function.

Glutamate plays various important positive roles in your brain including brain development, learning and memory.

And degenerative roles including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease, stress response, and anxiety disorders.

Glutamate mainly acts through ion channel receptors including NMDA receptors, AMPA receptors, and G protein-coupled metabotropic receptors (mGluR1-8).

Glutamate is involved in synaptic release of acetylcholine, adenosine, kappa opioid, GABA, and neuropeptides.[x]

Recent research shows that glutamate dysfunction is involved in fear conditioning, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorder and social phobia.[xi]

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is used as a flavor enhancer has been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and neuron toxicity that can lead to cell death causing stroke, epilepsy, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).[xii]

Eliminating your anxiety could be as simple as avoiding all foods containing MSG.

When your neurotransmitters, including L-glutamine and glutamate are in balance, you feel motivated, productive, and energetic. And you feel calm and relaxed during downtime.

When L-glutamine levels are low you feel filled with dread, you’re constantly worried, you have racing thoughts, and you’re frequently late and disorganized.

When you are in this L-glutamine slump is when you’re tempted to resort to high carbohydrate foods, and drugs or alcohol to relax.

Recommended dosage of L-Glutamine is 2 – 5 grams per day.

But remember, glutamine and glutamate must be in balance! If you suspect your glutamate levels are too high, you can get it under control by inhibiting its NMDA and AMPA receptors.

Some antidepressant drugs relieve anxiety by inhibiting NMDA receptors.[xiii]

Try the nootropics including Cat’s Claw[xiv], and L-Theanine[xv]  for inhibiting NMDA receptors. And Noopept[xvi] and many of the racetams[xvii] which inhibit AMPA receptors.

Keeping glutamate under control and helping to reduce anxiety if your condition is caused by glutamate dysfunction.

Serotonin

Serotonin plays a significant role in the development and persistence of anxiety disorders.

vitamins for anxiety and panic attacksSeveral studies show that increases in serotonin increases anxiety. And when serotonin decreases you may experience a reduction in the anxiety that’s associated with OCD or PTSD[xviii].

Too much serotonin and excess serotonin signaling has been implicated in social anxiety disorders.[xix]

If you are experiencing any type of anxiety, you should avoid anything that increases serotonin. Do NOT use nootropics like L-Tryptophan or 5-HTP.

Instead, use nootropics that help modulate serotonin and bring it under control.

Bacopa Monnieri helps modulate serotonin and dopamine which produces an anxiolytic effect. Studies show that Bacopa is as effective as the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam in reducing anxiety.[xx]

Vitamin D3 and Omega-3s (EPA & DHA) helps control serotonin synthesis and action. EPA helps inhibit serotonin release and DHA influences serotonin receptors. While Vitamin D3 deficiency can contribute to anxiety. Supplementing with Omega-3s and Vitamin D3 may help reduce anxiety.[xxi]

Ginkgo Biloba acts as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) which helps boost dopamine in your brain. Increasing dopamine can help lower serotonin levels. The result can be a reduction in anxiety.[xxii]

Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Rhodiola enhances stress tolerance and relieves anxiety by modulating key brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and beta-endorphins (opioid neuropeptides).[xxiii]

Anxiety Disorders Eliminated

Nootropics are a viable and potent alternative to many anti-anxiety medications.

But you first need to determine the cause of anxiety in your brain. Use the trial and error method I suggested above and work through the nootropic supplements recommended one-by-one.

If you are not experiencing any results from taking a single nootropic, it may be that a combination of nootropics may be required to get the job done, and once the cross the blood brain barrier, have an effect.

Just remember, that the goal of experimenting is to find what works best for you is so you can determine what gets you the best results for reducing stress, improved mental energy, and reduce anxiety symptoms.

But a very strong word of caution – if you are currently using any prescription anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. Or any medications for that matter. Research each nootropic including side effects and prescription drug interactions before using them.

You can relieve anxiety and bring on stress relief once-and-for-all with nootropics. If you do your research. And are willing to experiment until you find the one or two that is right for you, and mental clarity will come.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may also contain other affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

[i] Roy-Byrne P.P., Wagner A. “Primary care perspectives on generalized anxiety disorder” The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2004;65 Suppl 13:20-6. (source)

[ii] Kaur S., Singh R. “ROLE OF DIFFERENT NEUROTRANSMITTERS IN ANXIETY: A SYSTEMIC REVIEW” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research Projected Impact Factor (2019): 1.230, CiteScore (2017): 0.27 (source)

[iii] Mineur, Y. S., Obayemi, A., Wigestrand, M. B., Fote, G. M., Calarco, C. A., Li, A. M., & Picciotto, M. R. (2013). “Cholinergic signaling in the hippocampus regulates social stress resilience and anxiety- and depression-like behavior.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(9), 3573–3578. (source)

[iv] Kidd P. M. (2005). “Neurodegeneration from mitochondrial insufficiency: nutrients, stem cells, growth factors, and prospects for brain rebuilding using integrative management.” Alternative Medicine Review: a journal of clinical therapeutic, 10(4), 268–293. (source)

[v] Rao A.M., Hatcher J.F., Dempsey R.J. “CDP-choline: neuroprotection in transient forebrain ischemia of gerbils.” Journal of Neuroscience Research 1999 Dec 1;58(5):697-705. (source)

[vi] Hase A., Jung S.E., a het Rot M. “Behavioral and cognitive effects of tyrosine intake in healthy human adults.” Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 2015 Jun; 133:1-6. (source)

[vii] Lydiard R. B. (2003). “The role of GABA in anxiety disorders.” The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 64 Suppl 3, 21–27. (source)

[viii] Nutt, D. J., Ballenger, J. C., Sheehan, D., & Wittchen, H. U. (2002). “Generalized anxiety disorder: comorbidity, comparative biology and treatment.” The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology, 5(4), 315–325. (source)

[ix] Meldrum B.S. “Glutamate as a Neurotransmitter in the Brain: Review of Physiology and Pathology” The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 130, Issue 4, April 2000, Pages 1007S–1015S (source)

[x] Roberts-Wolfe, D. J., & Kalivas, P. W. (2015). “Glutamate Transporter GLT-1 as a Therapeutic Target for Substance Use Disorders” CNS & neurological disorders drug targets, 14(6), 745–756. (source)

[xi] Cortese, B. M., & Phan, K. L. (2005). “The role of glutamate in anxiety and related disorders.” CNS spectrums, 10(10), 820–830. (source)

[xii] Marcincakova H., Veronika & Ostatníková, D. (2013). “Monosodium Glutamate Toxic Effects and Their Implications for Human Intake: A Review.” JMED Research. 20135171. 10.5171/2013.608765. (source)

[xiii] Petrie, R. X., Reid, I. C., & Stewart, C. A. (2000). “The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, synaptic plasticity, and depressive disorder. A critical review” Pharmacology & therapeutics 87(1), 11–25. (source)

[xiv] Mohamed A.F., Matsumoto K., Tabata K., Takayama H., Kitajima M., Watanabe H. “Effects of Uncaria tomentosa total alkaloid and its components on experimental amnesia in mice: elucidation using the passive avoidance test.” Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 2000 Dec;52(12):1553-61. (source)

[xv] Lu M., Gray, Oliver C. “The Neuropharmacology of L-Theanine(N-Ethyl-L-Glutamine)” Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy Volume 6, Issue 2, 2006 (source)

[xvi] Gudasheva T.A. et. Al. “The major metabolite of dipeptide piracetam analogue GVS-111 in rat brain and its similarity to endogenous neuropeptide cyclo-L-prolylglycine.” European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics. 1997 Jul-Sep;22(3):245-52. (source)

[xvii] Isaacson J.S., Nicoll R. A. “Aniracetam reduces glutamate receptor desensitization and slows the decay of fast excitatory synaptic currents in the hippocampus” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States of America vol. 88, pp. 10936-10940, December 1991 (source)

[xviii] Murphy, D. L., Moya, P. R., Fox, M. A., Rubenstein, L. M., Wendland, J. R., & Timpano, K. R. (2013). “Anxiety and affective disorder comorbidity related to serotonin and other neurotransmitter systems: obsessive-compulsive disorder as an example of overlapping clinical and genetic heterogeneity” Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences368(1615), 20120435. (source)

[xix] rick, A., Åhs, F., Engman, J., Jonasson, M., Alaie, I., Björkstrand, J., Frans, Ö., Faria, V., Linnman, C., Appel, L., Wahlstedt, K., Lubberink, M., Fredrikson, M., & Furmark, T. (2015). “Serotonin Synthesis and Reuptake in Social Anxiety Disorder: A Positron Emission Tomography Study” JAMA psychiatry72(8), 794–802. (source)

[xx] Bhattacharya, S. K., & Ghosal, S. (1998). “Anxiolytic activity of a standardized extract of Bacopa monniera: an experimental study” Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and phytopharmacology5(2), 77–82. (source)

[xxi] Patrick, R. P., & Ames, B. N. (2015). “Vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids control serotonin synthesis and action, part 2: relevance for ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and impulsive behavior” FASEB journal: official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology29(6), 2207–2222. (source)

[xxii] Woelk, H., Arnoldt, K. H., Kieser, M., & Hoerr, R. (2007). “Ginkgo biloba special extract EGb 761 in generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with anxious mood: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial” Journal of psychiatric research41(6), 472–480. (source)

[xxiii] Lishmanov Iu.B., Trifonova Zh.V., Tsibin A.N., Maslova L.V., Dement’eva L.A. “[Plasma beta-endorphin and stress hormones in stress and adaptation].” – in Russian Biull Eksp Biol Med. 1987 Apr;103(4):422-4. (source)

Subscribe to the Nootropics Expert newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest developments in the nootropics space.

Head First 2nd Editon

The Award Winning Guide to Healing & Optimizing Your Brain with Nootropic Supplements.

Head First 2nd Edition

NEW! Eliminate Brain Fog, Low Energy, Moodiness, Difficulty Sleeping, Memory Loss or Anxiety. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Walmart and more...



Where to Buy Nootropics

Wondering where to buy nootropics? Well, you’re in the right place. Because here you will find the nootropic supplements that I personally use and recommend. Each supplement has a link to the company store and product that I use. I also include a link to my full review for each supplement here on Nootropics Expert® […]

The Definitive Guide to Nootropics

Nootropics can help increase your memory, boost learning ability, improve your mood and assist overall brain function. If you’re new to nootropics, or wonder about the difference between a nootropic and a smart drug, then this page is for you. Here you’ll find the definition of a nootropic, how to pronounce the word “nootropic”, the […]

The Most Comprehensive Nootropics List

This is our big list of the most popular Nootropics in use today. Here you’ll learn what each nootropic is, what it does and suggested dosages. What is this List of Nootropics About? Nootropic supplements are cognitive enhancers aiming to improve brain function. Whether you are looking to treat mild cognitive impairment, improve mental focus, or biohack […]



Free Secrets of the Brain 3rd Edition

Get “Secrets of the Optimized Brain,” 92 nootropics to help you plan your Nootropic Stack when you sign up for my newsletter:

Join The Discussion - 177 comments

Inger Lindström
August 8, 2020

Hello David! Thank you for all this information. You whrite about cats claw ( uncaria tomentosa) but what do you think about the chinese cats claw (uncaria rhyncophylline)?
Best regards
Inger Lindström

    David Tomen
    August 8, 2020

    Inger, I don’t have any information on that type of Cat’s Claw. The only clinical studies I found for Cat’s Claw with proven nootropic value is uncaria tomentosa.

mmacdonald
August 5, 2020

Hi David,

I’ve been on Cymbalta for 11 years, I had a baby 10 months ago and during this time Cymbalta has stopped working. I’m sure this is due to the changes in my hormones and brain chemistry. I’m positive I’m dealing with postpartum anxiety and depression. I’m oh so slowly weaning off the Cymbalta, because I’ve been on it for so long I’m afraid my doctor will cut me off and put me in a state of severe protracted acute withdrawls.I don’t want to end up on yet another SSNRI/SSRI if I can avoid it, I would much rather slow taper myself. In the meantim, my anxiety and depression have increased, my anxiety is now at an all-time high. I’ve been very interested in using Ashwagandha specifically at night to help me relax. Can I use Ashwagandha along with Cymbalta? Have you heard of anyone using both a nootropic and an SNRI/SSRI.

    David Tomen
    August 6, 2020

    Cymbalta inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin more so than norepinephrine. Did it work for you? Because if it did that means you likely have a problem with serotonin. Or possibly norepinephrine. Those are the two neurotransmitters I suggest concentrating on with any nootropic you consider.

    You don’t want to use Ashwagandha because it will boost the effects of Cymbalta. Not help you wean off it.

    So be careful about using any nootropic that boosts serotonin or dopamine. Because you could get yourself into real trouble. Look for nootropics like Lemon Balm which works on acetylcholine and GABA instead.

    Always, always look at the mechanism of action for any nootropic you are considering. To make sure it does not affect serotonin or dopamine/norepinephrine as long as you are on Cymbalta.

Robert Manning
August 3, 2020

Hi David!

I have been taking nootropics for about six months now. Many of them were suggestions made by you in the Nootropics Expert newsletter. I would like your opinion on the “stack” I have created. I am currently taking the following: Alpha-GPC (300mg), Bacopa Monnieri (500mg), Pine Bark extract (400mg), Lion’s Mane (500mg), Jiaogulan Extract (410mg), and L-Tyrosine (1/4 teaspooon). Could you give me your expert opinion on my stack?
Thanks for your time and consideration.

-Bob

    David Tomen
    August 3, 2020

    Bob, most of those nootropics are in the Mind Lab Pro formula which you should consider. It’s out of stock (once again) because its popularity has grown faster than they anticipated. But keep an eye on its availability if you’re interested. https://www.mindlabpro.com/

    As for your list of supplements, do they work for you? Dosages are effective. Lion’s Mane could be higher at 1 or 2 grams. But the bottom-line is do they tame your anxiety symptoms? Is there something you remember trying that seemed to be more effective than anything else?

Paul
August 2, 2020

Hi David,

Very nice article, well written and explained. You describe anxiety disorder just how i feel! I’m struggling with anxiety, stress and depression quite some time now, it really sucks! I’m on Escitalopram 10mg a day and it’s difficult to tell if it does something?! From my i experience i do better on a lower dose, so I’m planning to go to 5mg. Btw, I’m coming from 15.

I tried lots of supplements to get relief from these mental illnesses, some did work but most did not.
The ones that works best until now are Magnesium bisglycinate, Curcumin, Vitamin D3, Fishoil, Valerian and a couple others.

I want to try Lithium Orotate for depression but I’m not sure that’s a good combo with my AD medication?! Also Lithium is quite toxic i red online, so not sure about that one.

I’m gonna try Alpha GPC, Phosphatidylserine, L-Glutamine, L-Tyrosine and Theanine from your list. And what should i try for GABA, will Valerian do?

If Ginkgo is a MAO im not sure about combining it with a SSRI? But boosting Dopamine and decreasing Serotonin for less anxiety was a theory that peeked my interest! Mostly people claim its the other way around, hence that’s why they prescribe SSRI’S and such.

I also take Collagen, do you think that’s a good enough source of above amino acids or should i try them individually?

Last, not sure about Noopept and Racetams, i want to try them but being chemical compounds manufactured in a lab in Russia makes me wonder about safety? As far as i know they are unregulated and are in a grey area for many countries, also that these pills were/are medicines needing prescription gives me the idea not to mess with them to much. Can you give me some insight about them? Are they safe? There is a lot of contradicting information online.

    David Tomen
    August 2, 2020

    Paul, unless you’re getting our info from peer-reviewed clinical studies I suggest you ignore what “you read online”. Because most don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t even trust everything I say. Click through to the clinical studies and verify everything for yourself.

    Most people are deficient in Lithium. There is nothing toxic about it. Please read my review on Lithium Orotate and see for yourself: https://nootropicsexpert.com/lithium-orotate/

    I suggest switching out your “fish oil” for a quality DHA supplement. I have some suggestions in the “Available Forms” section of my DHA review: https://nootropicsexpert.com/dha/

    If you are having success with Valerian you can likely ignore GABA for now. Ginkgo does act like an MAOI so may be contraindicated with the drug you’re using.

    And Noopept and the racetams are amazing supplements. You are correct that they started out as drugs and are still used as prescription meds in some countries. They are very effective. You just need to find that one best for you. It’s good to careful about which supplements you buy. That’s why I’ve suggested trustworthy vendors in most of the racetam reviews. They’re the companies that I get mine from.

    For the amino acids I think it best to use individual supplements because you’re in control of what you are using and the dosage best for you.

Yentl
August 2, 2020

David,

In the mail that sent me to this link you said that in your community someone asked about the difference between Mind Lab Pro & Performance Lab Mind, especially in congruence with Performance Lab Multi.

I am taking Performance Lab MCT, Multi & Prebiotic as well as Mind Lab Pro.

Would you say there’s any value for me to take Performance Lab Mind over Mind Lab Pro, as the latter does seem to have more overal value, even though I take Performance Lab Multi already. I’m wondering if it shouldn’t make sense for me to use Performance Lab Mind instead?

I personally think Mind Lab Pro is better, especially since you’re taking it over Performance Lab Mind as well, as seen in your ‘What I Take’ section. Yet I’d love for you to confirm that once more, as there may be other reasons that you’re doing this.

Beyond that, I have another question on the in-take regime of my supplements. It is said on the website that Prebiotic & Multi-Vit merge well together, although they shouldn’t be taken together at the same exact time as the soluble fiber may interfere with nutrient absorption. Taking that into account what would you consider a good daily regime to take the former supplements?

Currently I am doing 2 Mind Labs & 2 Multi-Vitamins with a tablespoon of MCT on an empty stomach right in the morning, then 3 prebiotics around 3 hours later so that they don’t intervene, with another set of 2 Multi-Vitamins with my evening meal. Does this sound like a solid in-take regime, or is there anything I can improve in terms of optimalisation?

As always, I greatly appreciate your expertise and insights, I’ve learned very much from the information you provide here.

Warm regards,
Yentl

    David Tomen
    August 2, 2020

    Yentl, I prefer Mind Lab Pro over Performance Lab Mind because MLP has Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Bacopa Monnieri and Rhodiola Rosea. Each of these has there benefits including for mood and dopamine. But more importantly for boosting neurogenesis and brain repair.

    And I wouldn’t worry about the Prebiotic messing with nutrient absorption because it bypasses most of digestion and works in your gut. Looks like your timing should work well.

Eric Theiss
August 1, 2020

Hi David,

For someone who has suffered with severe anxiety since childhood, your guide on the Root Cause of Anxiety Disorders is a God send….thank you!

I experienced a nervous breakdown in my twenties (I’m in my fifties now) and self medicated with my fathers Tranxene which got me through that difficult period. Although anxiety has improved over the decades, it has been hit or miss with with natural protocols (no prescription meds). Knowing that Clorazepate worked in my twenties I was able to follow your guide and isolate the root cause and determine what is needed…GABA! More importantly, L-glutamine and regulating serotonin since taking GABA alone brought only limited results in the past.

Now, the combination of GABA, L-Glutamine, Vitamin D, omega 3’s, passion flower (MAIO inhibitor) and other nootropics I’ve been taking, has been nothing short of miraculous. I can only describe it as the perfect storm in relieving life long anxiety and fatigue.

Also, I have never done well with any of the nootorpics that directly increase Acetylcholine. Bad reaction every time and I have noticed that other people comment having that same reaction. Any thoughts as to why this happens to some individuals like myself and not most people? I’ve read that it might have something to do with issues related to the gut/brain axis? Regardless, it could be a topic for a future guide perhaps. Just a thought.

Again, thank you for your knowledge and ability to present it in a way that is making a difference, keep up the great work!

BR,

Eric

    David Tomen
    August 2, 2020

    Eric, I’m just happy you were able to figure out something that finally worked. I don’t have an answer yet for the acetylcholine thing. My wife had the same reaction the first time I gave her one Alpha GPC capsule. I’ll get it figured out some day …

Barry
August 1, 2020

Hello David,

I am a clinical Hypnotherapist with years of experience in helping people. In generally every physical manifestation of a symptom it is preceded by a mental process. We were taught otherwise by modern medicine that insisted and taught that mind and body are separate. when the opposite is the truth.. this myth is now being disproved by science but is still being propagated by some practitioners. Anxiety occurs when the mind is functioning as the imagination in a future time frame conceiving of what the person does not want which sets in motion the cosmic laws to bring that event or condition about. This affects an imbalance in the chemistry of the body. the body Our society and medical system is formulated around a war metaphor whereas eastern medicine is not. The cure for anxiety is to bring thoughts back into the present and then view the future in a positive framework as to what the person wants. If a human being is viewed as a biological computer and the way to fix the bugs or viruses is through reprogramming becomes the key. We create the majority of our negative programs while in a trance state and reprogramming needs to occur at level or at a higher spiritual level. This leads to a permanent one time solution. Body follows mind, mind follows spirit, spirit resides in the forever NOW1

    David Tomen
    August 1, 2020

    Barry, I agree with you 100%.

    The thing is a lot of folk are here looking to find a more natural way to deal with something they are either using a pharmaceutical, or were offered one. I’m offering that option.

    And I love it when someone like you shows up and adds what I haven’t the authority to do. Thank you.

scott lovett
July 31, 2020

I need help , but all these different nootropics are to much for me to figure out , if I need fix fast , what would you suggest , I did try mind lab pro a while back , not sure , also on tight budget , on the edge , Scott

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.