AKG: A Supplement to Slow Aging?

The field of natural supplements to conserve or promote good health or as remedies for specific conditions is a complex one. Many of them have long and distinguished traditions and are becoming more popular than ever. That is the basis of Complementary or Integrated Medicine-combining the old (pre-20th century) with modern techniques and science to improve patient outcomes, including the brain-boosting nootropics and new anti-aging solutions. The sudden meeting of these two approaches has created a problem: there has not been the time or resources to thoroughly investigate how and

By |2021-04-01T18:29:44+00:00April 1st, 2021|

Centrophenoxine

Throughout the ages and across many cultures, humans have been obsessed with life extension and immortality. Legends revolving around magical substances like the Elixir of Life are found in cultures as diverse as Ancient Mesopotamia and Japan. Although we can reasonably deduce that no such substance exists, there are certainly compounds that help slow certain aspects of aging. In the world of nootropics, one supplement stands out, centrophenoxine. As one of the earliest nootropics to be synthesized, centrophenoxine has a wealth of research to support its role in enhancing cognition

By |2021-03-15T20:29:44+00:00March 15th, 2021|

Galantamine: Nootropic for Lucid Dreams?

In The Science of the Magical acclaimed journalist, Matt Kaplan relates a stunning story of a powerful plant given by the god Hermes to Odysseus, to render him invulnerable to the unremembering potion of Circe. Homer tells us that the gods call it moly. The poet describes the appearance of this ancient neuroprotector, we now know it is the snowdrop plant, the source of the dynamic nootropic galantamine. Although the ancients were aware of some of its profound effects, the plant did not arouse scientific interest until 1951, when a

By |2021-03-13T17:52:08+00:00March 11th, 2021|

Senolytics, Cellular Senescence, and the Fight to Reverse Aging: Part 1

What is cellular senescence and why is it so important to reverse it? All adults have about 50 trillion individual living cells at any time. As cells age, they die and are replaced by new copies. An example is when we scrape a knee. The skin is damaged, leaving raw, sometimes bloody tissue exposed to germs and other dangers which could damage the whole body by poison or infection if left exposed. The damaged skin cells flake off, a scab forms to protect the underlying area, then drops off, leaving

By |2021-02-23T21:02:50+00:00February 23rd, 2021|

Nootropic Synergy and Alpha-GPC

Environmental factors and genetic factors can tax and damage the brain. Even if we choose wisely in our daily lives, eschewing a poor diet and other pitfalls, the damage that comes with the aging process may be needlessly accelerated. For this reason, incorporating proper nootropic supplements to mitigate or reverse this trend becomes essential to our brain health and general cognition. Alpha GPC, also known as choline alphoscerate, is a compound that is well-established as an effective treatment for neuronal injury, as well as a means to increase acetylcholine levels

By |2021-02-11T01:00:40+00:00February 10th, 2021|

Magnesium L-Threonate: A Nootropic to Remember

Magnesium is an essential mineral. It has over three hundred known roles in enzyme reactions. It is vital for nerve health, regulation of blood pressure, muscular function, and cognitive processes. Despite its importance, the majority of Americans fail to meet recommended daily intake. Finding a highly bioavailable source further compounds the problem. Fortunately, companies like Double Wood Supplements provide Magnesium L-Threonate, a highly bioavailable form that is well-known through research to confer profound effects on cognition and general health. It would result in a sprawling and unwieldy article, if one

By |2021-02-12T15:33:57+00:00February 10th, 2021|

Huperzine-A: The Natural Nootropic Supplement

Huperzine-A is a natural supplement extracted from the prickly leafed moss Huperzia Serrata.Today, its extract normally comes in capsules, with a daily intake of between 50 and 500 mcgs. It is increasingly being used to boost intelligence and improve a variety of cognitive functions - as well as addressing different forms of dementia. That said, it's best known as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used for those purposes for thousands of years, before being first fully analyzed by scientists in 1948. Huperzine-A

By |2021-02-12T23:58:51+00:00February 10th, 2021|

Better (and Smarter) Living with Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine is an A plus supplement in the world of nootropics. Its potential benefits cover a wide spectrum, it is a rigorously studied compound. Unlike many potentially useful nootropics, there is an extensive literature about acetyl- L-carnitine. For the purposes of this article, I will draw attention towards its effects on cognition in healthy subjects as well as those afflicted with various disorders. Studies have been conducted with both short and long-term durations, the briefest study consisted of acetyl l-carnitine supplementation for a mere three days. Remarkably, although one

By |2021-02-11T00:14:07+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

Uridine: A Holy Grail of Nootropics

Discovering nootropic supplements sometimes feels like finding a holy grail. When a compound benefits our mental and physical health, it is exhilarating. One of these smart supplements is Uridine Monophosphate. Uridine has exhibited positive effects for cognition and learning, Alzheimer’s Disease, Bipolar Disorder, and cardiac health. Although the research on uridine’s role in improving cognition is not extensive because it has not been studied widely in this capacity, there is a study performed which displayed significant improvements on human subjects in an array of cognitive tests. Memory, visual learning, execution

By |2021-02-09T02:23:15+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

Cordyceps

A lot of people overlook medicinal Cordyceps extract - and for lots of reasons - that’s a shame because it’s one of nature’s true wonders. Firstly, it’s not strictly a member of the mushroom family, although it is a closely-related edible fungus (it has a distinctly “mushroomy,” taste) of the 600+ strong, sac family. It’s a microscopic parasite, living mostly on insects, snails- and sometimes other, bigger fungi. It’s found all around the world, most notably in Asia. Cordyceps has been a vital ingredient in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine

By |2021-01-27T23:58:24+00:00January 27th, 2021|
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