Have you seen the latest TV show “Limitless”, yes the one based on the hit movie after the same name. Limitless has a pill called NZT 48, it is a very magical pill, as it allows whoever takes it to work in, what I like to call “Hyperdrive mode” where things are processed faster, understood quicker, patterns are recognized at rapid pace and all of this can be recalled with comprehension at a rate that is unhuman and …impossible?
Not quite, while we have all come to understand that what we see in hollywood is fiction, there are people, scientists that are working hard to understand human neurology much better. They are specifically targeting people with mental disorders such as Alzhemier’s or Parkison’s who would initially be able to pay for a treatment and once there is functional medicine, it would go towards helping non patients think more clearly as well.
There are is a wide array of supplements and pills one can start popping in hopes of becoming Bradley Cooper, I will advise against that and talk about just two supplements that are “the best the nootropics” the community has come up with in the last 30 years and proven to be very safe.
The First one is Piracetam and second one followed with that would be a Choline source such as A-GPC (or Alpha GPC), alpha gpa can be bought online, much like the racetams or Piracetam in our case.
ALPHAGPC cholinergic compound that is used for it’s cognitive properties and to enhance power output in athletes. It may also work to prevent cognitive decline. Alpha-glycerophosphocholine can be naturally found in food products too but the to get the higher doses you will need to supplement unless if you are an avid fan of beef liver which contains one of the highest amounts of Alpha-glycerophosphocholine found in food. It is by far the most efficient choline source known to man. The main reason we are taking this is because when our brain goes into “hyperdrive” it depletes choline in the brain and can cause headaches, thus alpha gpc is a good way to replenish the depleted source. Take it with dietary fat for better absorption, but it is not mandatory.
PIRACETAM – The go to nootropic invented in the 70’s in now Belgium. It is specifically useful for the elderly as part of a longevity stack but can be used by healthy people as well and has a LD50 lower than that of table salt! Piracetam has a history of treating cognitive impairment, it is also given to drown victims. However, healthy individuals may not notice any benefit right away, as this needs to be supplement for 4 weeks at a regular dose of 4.8g per day broken into 3 times a day. Piracetam enhances cell membrane fluidity which is why it increases cognition. It can be taken with water on an empty stomach and does not require a fat source.
There have been many studies done on humans and animals with both of these supplements, that show there is a statistical significance in improving cognition. Your mileage may vary depending on how healthy (and smart) you already are, but if you are older and are looking to get that kick start you will definitely notice the effects faster and stronger then a young healthy individual.