Nootropics for brain injury and repair

How to Create the Best Nootropic Stack

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If you’ve spent any time here on Nootropics Expert®, you have a good idea how certain nootropics can benefit your brain.

But if you’re just getting started with nootropics, the choices can seem overwhelming. Will one nootropic work? Will it take more that one supplement to solve my problem? If more than one, how do I combine other nootropics for best results?

Here are some tips that should help …

Nootropics for ADHD & ADDIf you are a university student, an entrepreneur, a business executive, a stay-at-home mom or dad, or a senior – what are you trying to improve?

It could be just one thing you want to work on. Like improving your memory. Maybe you have a difficult time focusing like I did. Or you find learning new material, skill or language an insurmountable problem.

You could have an issue with anxiety, or bouts of depression. Procrastination could leave you feeling like a failure because of a lack of motivation.

Put some thought into this now because you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money by figuring out what you are trying to fix first.

If it’s just one thing you want to fix or support, you’ll have an easier time putting together the right beginner nootropic stack. And often it will only take 3 or 4 supplements to get you where you need to be for your own nootropic stack.

Later in this post you’ll get specific suggestions on nootropics for:

For many of us, it’s more than just one problem we’re dealing with.

In my case, the combination of Adult ADD and hypothyroidism caused problems with anxiety, cognition, focus, memory, and depression. That’s a lot to deal with and a lot to fix.[ii]

The good news is it’s entirely possible with the right combination of your own nootropic stacks to address each of these issues. My life is a good example of what’s possible with the right nootropic stack.

I was able to restart my career. My marriage is better than I ever dreamed possible. And my future looks amazing. All due to an experienced nootropic stack regimen, if you will.

But to be perfectly honest with you, one nootropic that works for me, may not work as well for you. Each of us have unique brain “wiring” when it comes to nootropic stacking.

Our chemical makeup is different. And is affected by foods we eat, where we live, the air we breathe, the genes we inherited from our parents, and more.

So experimentation is key. Pick your top choice of something you’d like to improve. Once you find something that works reasonably well, go to the next thing on your list.

With time, effort, and diligent experimenting you’ll find the perfect nootropic stack for you.

Your First Nootropic Stack

My recommendation is to create your own nootropic stack when starting out.

Nootropics to improve memoryTailor your stack to each issue your trying to solve. It’ll likely be more expensive because you need to get each individual nootropic or supplement.

The advantages at first outweigh the cost in my opinion. When you find something that works, you then need to figure out how much of that nootropic works best with your brain and body.

If you try something and it doesn’t work as well as expected, or what you were promised in the marketing hype, or what you read on the forums – pitch it.

And try something else.

Flexibility and experimentation is key when you’re getting started with nootropics. A pre-formulated stack doesn’t allow that flexibility.

Keep that pre-formulated option in reserve until you nail down what works best for you. Then look for a nootropic stack that fills all your requirements.

Let’s briefly look at some of your options for major issues to get you started. This is by no means an exhaustive list but a way to point you in the right direction.

Use the search function on Nootropics Expert to find every nootropic that works for memory, or depression, or anxiety, or ADHD, or traumatic brain injury, or whatever it is you need to fix or improve.

How to create the best nootropic stack

Nootropics for Cognition, Thinking and Decision-Making and Nerve Growth Factor

Cognition is the mental action or process you go through when learning something new and understanding it through thought, experience and your physical senses.[iii]

Cognition includes thinking, knowing, short-, working-, and long-term memory, decision-making and problem solving.

That’s a tall order to cover and will likely take more than one nootropic. You can start with:

Nootropics for Memory and Cognitive Function

We use several different types of memory every day. Short-term memory is also known as primary or active memory. And is limited to what you remember for 20 to 30 seconds.

Long-term memory is the type of memory associated with an event or information you acquired long ago. This is a complicated form of memory influenced by your perception of an event or thing, conditioning or any other input. And is encoded using long-term potentiation and strengthening neurons and synapses.

Working memory is distinct from short-, and long-term memory. These are memories that are not only remembered, but simultaneously processed with information that is important to you. You remember the purpose of the information, and why you decided to remember it.[iv]

Each type of memory can be assisted by different nootropics. Because neurotransmitters, cerebral blood flow, long-term potentiation, hormones and more all come into play for memory.

  • Alpha GPC or CDP-Choline. Both nootropics help boost acetylcholine (ACh) in your brain. ACh is associated with memory and learning.
  • DHA (Omega 3). DHA makes up a large portion of your brain’s gray matter. This fatty acid helps form cell membranes, neurons and synapses which are needed to form and encode memories.
  • Huperzine-A. Hup-A helps promote memory by increasing acetylcholine levels.
  • L-Theanine. Found naturally in green tea and available as a nootropic supplement, L-Theanine helps boost dopamine and serotonin. Improving anxiety, focus, learning, and mood.
  • Noopept. Noopept stimulates dopamine, nicotinic and serotonin receptors in your brain. Boosting cognition, memory, retention, logical thinking, improving your reflexes and mood.
  • Phosphatidylserine (PS). PS is vital for brain health. Highly concentrated in cell membranes, PS helps in the release, storage and activity of neurotransmitters and receptors. Boosting cognition, focus, memory and recall.
  • Piracetam. The original nootropic, Piracetam influences AMPA and NMDA receptors in your brain. Affecting learning and memory.

For more options and to learn more about how memory works, see my post on:

Best Nootropics for Learning and Memory

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Nootropics for Anxiety and Depression

Do you remember what it used to be like to be in a ‘good mood’ all of the time? Anxiety and depression are something most of us have had to deal with at one time of another.

For me, being Adult ADD and hypothyroid was like a double whammy. And it took a while to dig out of the hole I was in.

Anxiety[v] and depression[vi] are often ‘grouped’ together both in nootropic circles as well as in the psychiatric/medical world. But they are two distinctly different conditions. Even though the cause of anxiety and depression may overlap.

All kinds of conditions can contribute to anxiety and depression. Neurotransmitter levels that are out of balance can cause severe depression. Illness and stress can cause anxiety and depression.

Poor cerebral blood flow, a lack of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), mental fatigue from lack of cellular energy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke and more can all cause anxiety and depression.’

Here are a few nootropics that can help. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

And if your depression or anxiety is severe, please, please seek professional help while you’re exploring your nootropic options.

  • Aniracetam. This member of the racetam-family of nootropics, Aniracetam is very well known for helping anxiety and depression. And one of my favorites. Aniracetam activates D2 and D3 dopamine receptors in your brain. Improving anxiety, cognition, learning, memory and mood.
  • Alpha GPC or CDP-Choline. Both nootropics help boost acetylcholine (ACh) in your brain. ACh is associated with memory and learning. And the choline is needed when stacked with any racetam.
  • Ashwagandha. Used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha helps relieve stress, fatigue, restores energy and concentration, and normalizes blood sugar.
  • Bacopa Monnieri. Bacopa is believed by some to be the best nootropic available today. This adaptogen helps prevent chemical and physical stress instead of suppressing them like many modern antidepressants.
  • Lemon Balm. This plant from the mint family, Lemon Balm inhibits the GABA transaminase enzyme. Which in turn helps maintain adequate levels of GABA in your brain. Resulting in a calming effect and relieving anxiety and depression.
  • Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola increases AMPK which helps decrease depression and stress-related mood swings, reduces fatigue, stimulates energy and alertness and boots cognition.
  • Sulbutiamine. Synthesized in the lab from Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Sulbutiamine is another favorite of mine because it boosts memory, motivation and is a heck of an antidepressant.
  • Vitamin B6. B6 is a required coenzyme for the synthesis of most major neurotransmitters in your brain. And helps enhance alertness, cognition, energy, memory and mood.
  • Vitamin B12. B12 is essential for the synthesis of DNA, RNA and neurotransmitters in your brain. B12 enhances alertness, cognition, memory, decision-making and mood.

To learn more about anxiety and depression, and even more options on nootropics that can helps alleviate the symptoms of each, see my posts on:

Best Nootropics for Anxiety

Best Nootropics for Depression

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Nootropics for Energy and Motivation

If you’ve ever felt mentally drained after writing an exam, an intense study session, a misunderstanding with your partner, or working out a business problem ▬ nootropics can help.

Energy and motivation kinda’ go hand-in-hand in my book.

When I’m energized, it usually translates into motivation to get things done. When energy stores are depleted in my brain and body, I’m burned out and nothing much is going to happen.

Mental fatigue has a variety of causes. Depleted neurotransmitters can cause fatigue as well as a host of other issues. A lack of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy source for brain cells is another cause of mental fatigue. And leads to neurodegenerative disease.

Hormones that are out of balance can cause fatigue. And poor cerebral blood flow which provides oxygen and nutrients to brain cells can result in fatigue.

The amount of available mental energy has a direct influence on cognitive and mental performance. Let’s look at the nootropics that can fix mental fatigue and boost motivation.

  • Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR). ALCAR boosts acetylcholine (ACh) and transports fatty acids through cell membranes into mitochondria for use as brain cell fuel. One of my favorite nootropics, ALCAR increases memory, mental alertness, fluid thought and is a powerful antioxidant.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lipoic acid boosts levels of acetylcholine (ACh) and glucose uptake. And regenerates depleted antioxidants already present in your brain including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione and CoQ10. Boosting cellular energy and memory.
  • Coluracetam. One of the newer racetams, Coluracetam works as a choline uptake enhancer. And improves AMPA potentiation. The net result is a boost in energy levels. Unlike prescription stimulants, Coluracetam offers a more relaxed, calm and free-minded kind of thought-processing.
  • CoQ10 & Ubiquinol. CoQ10 is essential for producing Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) that fuels the mitochondria in brain cells. Improving athletic performance, works as an antioxidant, and battles fatigue and depression.
  • Creatine. Creatine acts as fuel for your brain cells. And provides ‘energy on demand’ when you need it.
  • NADH. NADH is a coenzyme used in the formation of ATP, the energy source for mitochondria in your brain cells. NADH boosts alertness, mental performance, energy and memory.
  • Noopept. This peptide-derived nootropic related to the racetam family, Noopept increases BDNF, and stimulates dopamine, nicotinic and serotonin receptors. Boosting energy, cognition, memory, logical thinking, and improves reflexes and mood.
  • Phenylpiracetam. A Russian derivative of Piracetam, Phenylpiracetam improves concentration, memory, motivation, mental energy and offers a stimulant effect.
  • Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola increases AMPK which triggers the use of stored energy from fats in your brain cells. Boosting alertness, energy and cognition while decreasing depression and stress-related mood swings.
  • Pramiracetam. A derivative of and more potent than Piracetam, Pramiracetam stimulates choline uptake in your brain. Boosting energy levels, providing focused stimulation for better mental drive and motivation.

To learn more about, and see even more options for energy and motivation, see my post on:

Hacking Motivation with Nootropics

Nootropics for Brain Repair and Maintenance

According to the American Center for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 1.7 million in the US suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury every year.[vii]Nootropics for brain injury and repair

And that’s just for the USA. This is clearly a world-wide problem for the human race.

Brain injury covers a lot of territory and includes concussion, Post Stroke Syndrome, sports and athletic injuries, damage from pharmaceuticals, environmental toxins, bad food and water, polluted air and more.

The mechanics of injury can affect cerebral blood flow, torn tissue, damage to neurons, altered brain waves and neurotransmitters, free radical and oxidative damage and more.

Now the “official” line from the FDA and other governmental authorities in the USA and many countries world-wide, nootropic supplements and other ‘natural’ substances cannot repair brain injury.

While this is certainly not medical advice, and you should absolutely seek professional medical help for brain injury, neurohackers have found relief on their own experimenting with nootropics. Here’s a small sample of what we’ve found useful:

  • CDP-Choline. CDP-Choline provides your brain with choline which aids in the synthesis of acetylcholine (ACh). And cytidine in CDP-Choline converts to uridine which is important for neural membrane synthesis.
  • DHA (Omega 3). DHA makes up a large portion of your brain’s gray matter. This fatty acid helps form cell membranes, neurons and synapses which are needed to form and encode memories.
  • Phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC is a phospholipid which helps build and repair brain cell membranes.
  • PQQ. The enzyme cofactor PQQ facilitates the growth of new mitochondria in your brain cells. Boosting the production of nerve growth factors in cells that support creation of new neurons. And reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Pramiracetam. This derivative of Piracetam, Pramiracetam increases acetylcholine receptors in your brain. By stimulating choline uptake in your brain, this nootropic boosts energy levels and improves cognition and motor coordination.
  • Pterostilbene. Found in cranberries, blueberries and grapes, Pterostilbene is a potent antioxidant, stimulates Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), and promotes neuroplasticity. By reducing oxidative stress, Pterostilbene helps prevent heart attacks and stroke.
  • Resveratrol. This polyphenol antioxidant found in the skin of grapes, Resveratrol improves blood flow and reduces inflammation. Improving cell survival and neurogenesis in the hippocampus, resulting in better memory and learning.
  • Turmeric. Turmeric is unique in its ability to reduce inflammation common to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and brain tumors.

To learn more about PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the best nootropics to alleviate the symptoms of each, see my posts on:

Treating PTSD with Nootropic Supplements

Best Nootropics for Traumatic Brain Injury

Conclusion

There are many ways to address each issue you’re dealing with when it comes to optimizing brain health and function.

If you’re a nootropic veteran I’m sure you’ll find holes in my recommendations. Each section is most definitely not a conclusive list of nootropics for a single condition.

I encourage you to use the “Search” function on Nootropics Expert®. Enter the issue you’re dealing with and you’ll get a list of articles with suggestions for your nootropic stack.

By no means should you include everything listed under “memory” for example in your stack. One or two options from each section can help you toward your ideal nootropic stack.

Many nootropics work synergistically and together can make a more powerful solution than a nootropic on its own. When combining several nootropics in a stack you’ll want to back off to the lowest recommended dose of each to start.

You also may have noticed that some nootropics appear in several categories. What this means is most nootropic stacks would benefit by including Alpha GPC or CDP-Choline, DHA, and a nature-identical B-Vitamin Complex.

Be sure to click through to each nootropic to review dosage recommendations and side effects. Each article has extensive references to clinical studies as well.

Pre-Formulated Nootropic Stacks

Early in this article I mentioned pre-formulated stacks as an option that you could use to replace individual nootropic supplements.

Finding the right pre-made stack can save you time and often quite a bit of money.

After experimenting with many of the well-known stacks, I settled on Mind Lab Pro®.

Mind Lab Pro contains therapeutic dosages of 11 top quality natural nootropics including; CDP-Choline, Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Phosphatidylserine (PS), N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT), L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, Pine Bark Extract, and Vitamins B6, B9, and B12.

I’ve found it less expensive to use this stack than buying each nootropic on its own. All I’ve had to add is coconut oil, DHA, Aniracetam and Sulbutiamine.

And I’ve recently replaced separate supplements including ALCAR, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10 and PQQ with Performance Lab® Energy which contains all four nootropics in the dosages I was using. And is less expensive than buying separate supplements.

Check out my reviews on Mind Lab Pro® and Performance Lab® Energy and see if they could work for you too.

If you have questions about building your perfect nootropic stack, please leave a comment in the comment box below. I or another experienced neurohacker in our community will help you out.

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[i] “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” Medline Plus U.S. National Library of Medicine (source)

[ii] Mayo Clinic Staff “Hypothyrodism” Mayo Clinic mayoclinic.org (source)

[iii] “Cognition” Frontiers in Psychology journal.frontiersin.org (source)

[iv] Cowan N. “What are the differences between long-term, short-term, and working memory?” Progress in Brain Research 2008; 169: 323–338. (source)

[v] “Anxiety Disorders” National Institute of Health nimh.nih.gov (source)

[vi] “Depression” National Institute of Health nimh.nih.gov (source)

[vii] “Get the Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States” U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source)

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Join The Discussion - 119 comments

Steven
November 3, 2018

Hey David,

Thanks for the wealth of information you’ve provided on your site. I’ve recently become interested in nootropics after suffering a concussion. Since the incident, I’ve experienced headaches, brain fog, and memory/concentration difficulty. After doing some research, I found a study that used a nootropic stack along with diet and exercise to reverse brain damage in football players and I’m considering giving it a try. I wanted a second opinion on the formulation of the stack, so I thought you might be a good resource. Here it is:

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine
Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Phosphatidylserine
Alpha-Lipoic Acid
B Complex
DHA + EPA
Standard mineral complex (zinc, magnesium, etc.)

I’m still not sure about the dosages. Do you think that this seems like an appropriate stack for improving memory/focus/concentration following a mild concussion?

Thanks for your input,

Steven

Martin
October 11, 2018

Hi,

I want to try out the Mind Lab pro and Performance Lab energy with coconut oil. But should I priorities finding a seller with Aniracetam and Sulbutiamine to get better/full effect of Mind Lab pro and Performance Lab energy? – if yes what dosage can you recommend and is they are product vendor you recommend.

Thanks in advance

P.S
I am new ad biohacking.
Very happy to come by you site and read your experiences.

Best regards
Martin

    David Tomen
    October 11, 2018

    Martin, Mind Lab Pro and Performance Lab Energy work great on their own. I’ve been using MLP for 3 years every single day and PL Energy since it came out and personally feel the difference.

    I use Aniracetam and Sulbutiamine primarily as an antidepressant and highly recommend them as well. But they are not critical to getting a cognition boost. I’ve been getting them from Nootropics Depot for the last few months.

    Dosage for each of these is in the individual reviews for each nootropic or stack.

Sarah Cloud
September 4, 2018

This is the stack I’m ordering (all powder form) from NutriVitaShop. (Is that a good source?)

Would you mind reviewing before I order? I appreciate it so much!!

GABA
Aniracetam
CDP-Choline (Or Alpha GPC, can’t decide)
Sulbutiamine
N Acetyl L Tyrosine

Is there anything that won’t work as well without adding something else, that I may be missing?

    David Tomen
    September 4, 2018

    Sarah, it’s a good start but I’m not sure about your vendor because I’ve never ordered from them. I suggest your read the reviews and see what others are saying.

    GABA may work for your because more recent scientific evidence suggests neurotransmitters in your gut directly influence what’s going on in your brain. Meaning that there are other ways for us to affect brain health and cognition other than delivering nootropics across the blood-brain barrier.

Lou
August 20, 2018

I have to say this pos was awesome to read and learn more about nootrpics. I do have a question for you. I use to take nootropics a few months ago until my wife told me I need to see a doctor because of my ADHD. I after seeing the doctor they placed me on adderall 10mg to start out with, and currently i’m at 15mg since last week. I notice after being on adderall for a couple weeks now i feel like i’m not really retaining much information. I’m more focus and that’s great on getting things done at work, and home. but when I start to read my study exam books feels like i have brain fog. It’s almost like my working memory is not really retaining the information i’m reading. it’s like reading the words, and not getting it.

I read that some users are using adderall and some nootropics stack. Would this be a good idea if so I was wondering if I could start looking into taking noopept. I was thinking of taking adderall in the morning around 10am and noopept close to 3 when I start my studies.

let me know what you think if noopept is good or any nootropic I could use for working memory, and long turn memory. I just need something to help me when taking my exam and at work since I do a lot of computer security stuff.

Thanks for your help..

    David Tomen
    August 20, 2018

    Lou, two things come to mind without know more about your situation. First, Adderall may not be your best choice. You may do better with something like Ritalin instead. Second, it’s going to take a lot more than Noopept to have a fully optimized brain. Esp. if you are ADHD.

    I suggest you take a look at my ADHD protocol that I’ve been using for over a decade. And is not used by thousands around the world. You can see that here: https://nootropicsexpert.com/best-nootropics-for-adhd-add/.

    Now, that’s just to support ADHD and the use of a prescription stimulant. Start with that and if you need more help, please take a look at the suggestions on this page: https://nootropicsexpert.com/best-nootropics-for-learning-and-memory/

KRS
August 12, 2018

Hi David,

Firstly, I love your website and videos…

Second, I am looking for a stack which can feed my brain so it can help me increase my memory, concentration, motivation and learning.

I am thinking on buying ALPHA GPC, Lion s mane, L theanine and B complex? ….are they ok? or to many?

I also do strength training from which my nervous system take some beat, can al these improve my recovery time?

    David Tomen
    August 13, 2018

    Your proposed stack is a good start but you’ll need more than those four if you want to increase “memory, concentration, motivation, and learning”. And improve recovery time. For learning, memory and motivation you’ll need NALT or L-Tyrosine, and Pine Bark Extract as well.

linda downey
July 12, 2018

Hi David,
Thanks for all the information.
I lack motivation and have short term memory problems. I put something down and don’t recall where i put it and just have to search the house until i come across the item. Happens multiple times a day.I also can never remember a name of a film or book i’ve read or are reading. I’m having trouble recalling events that have only recently happened. This has been going on for many years.
I noticed when i started taking coconut oil that my energy increased and stuff i wanted to do but put off was very easy accomplished. I had so much energy i thought i’d paint the house. It was so good i increased the coconut oil from 1tablespoon to 2 tablespoons. But that effected my memory in a different way. I’d be half way through a sentence and forget what i was talking about and i’d go into a room and forget what i was going in there for. I stoped taking the coconut oil and the forgetting mid sentence etc stopped occurring, but my energy depleted and my motivation vanished.

I’ve read your part on motivation. Should i go through the list and try one at a time or combine several supplements at the same time. Which do you think I should start with?

Thanks
Linda

    David Tomen
    July 12, 2018

    Linda, you just learned what many of us “old-time” neurohackers learned the hard way. And that is “more is not always better”. Don’t give up on coconut oil. Only use what your body can tolerate and make sure you’re using unrefined coconut oil. And not refined.

    Take a look at the sections of the above post for “memory” and “motivation”. It’s two separate sections and the distinction is important.

    For short term memory you may want to try DHA and Phosphatidylserine (PS).

    For motivation you may want to try ALCAR, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10 and PQQ. Please read the review for each one and understand how they work in your brain.

    This combo for motivation is also available in a single stack called Performance Lab Energy. I use it twice a day and love it. More on that here: https://nootropicsexpert.com/performance-lab-energy-review/

Thomas Boyle
July 5, 2018

Thank you for all the information you have to provide. Im taking a new job as a mortgage loan officer and looking for the best nootropic supplements that will help with daily energy, motivation, focus, productivity, and help my social anxiety. Thank you in advance.

    David Tomen
    July 5, 2018

    Thomas, select one nootropic from each category mentioned in this post. And see how they work for you. In a couple of weeks of consistent use I suggest coming back to this list. You’ll be in a better position (with a little experience) to consider trying something else if you haven’t received the total benefits you are seeking.

    Another option is getting a couple of pre-formulated nootropic stacks. I suggest trying the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi for men, Performance Lab Mind and Performance Lab Energy. That way you are covering all the bases and doing it with the best products on the market right now. And this combo may be less expensive than trying to put together individual supplements based on the categories above.

    You can easily find reviews to each here: https://nootropicsexpert.com/category/reviews/

Jay
June 7, 2018

Hello,
I’m a newbie and have a couple question on supplements I will be trying out. My goal is to improve my studying and help retain the information. I’ll be ordering huperzine a, dha, Vinpocetine, alpha gpc and Phosphatidlyserine. Will these supplements help me with my goals? I’ll be taking the mentioned supplements daily and huperzine only twice a week.

    David Tomen
    June 7, 2018

    Jay, it’s a good start. And happy to hear you are ‘cycling’ Huperzine-A. For memory consolidation you may also want to consider Methylene Blue: https://nootropicsexpert.com/methylene-blue/

    Check out this post on learning and memory for more ideas: https://nootropicsexpert.com/best-nootropics-for-learning-and-memory/

    And here is why you may want to add a good multi to your stack as well: https://nootropicsexpert.com/13-vitamins-essential-for-the-optimized-brain/

      Jay
      June 7, 2018

      Thanks for the suggestions. I do take a multi that has the 13 essential vitamins listed on your post and will be looking into ordering methylene blue. I forgot to mention this earlier can I also incorporate GABA and Ashwagandha into my stack?

        David Tomen
        June 8, 2018

        GABA and Ashwagandha are a good addition but keep in mind that GABA as a supplement is not very bioavailable. Because the molecule itself can’t easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Look for a GABA supplement that uses the proprietary PharmaGABA™ which does cross the BBB.

        For your multi, please check and make sure you are using a multi that uses bio-identical ingredients. Many multi’s, even from supplement makers who should know better, use ‘folic acid’ instead of ‘folate’, and ‘cyanocobalamin’ instead of ‘methylcobalamin’. Neither of these synthetics can be used by your body and brain. And can do more harm than good.

        I’ve just published a review on a new Multi I’ve been using for the last couple of months. And it’s the best multivitamin I’ve ever used. It’s called Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi for men. I can actually feel the difference when I’m using it which I’ve never experienced even with other really high quality multivitamins.

        It’s made by the same company who make Mind Lab Pro. Check out my review here if you’re interested: https://nootropicsexpert.com/performance-lab-whole-food-multi-review/

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