Nootropic supplements for super focus
Sometimes a bit more focus and motivation are just what's needed to acquire the competitive edge needed to succeed. Three super supplements for laser style focus and motivation that can also have a positive effect on memory and learning as well are vinpocetine, rhodiola rosea and phenylpiracetam. The first two are naturally sourced, vinpocetine is sourced from vincamine, an alkaloidal extract of the periwinkle (Vinca majora) where as phenylpiracetam is a variant of piracetam where a phenyl group has been added increasing potency.
Periwinkle has long been a prized addition to numerous gardens due to it's attractive purple flowers. Vinpocetine's advantage over vincamine is primarily lessened possibility of side effects. It's also been found to be more potent in regards to improving long and short term memory functions and cerebral circulation and so far no interactions with any pharmaceutical drugs have been found.
As a mild vasodilator, vinpocetine improves cerebral blood flow which results in more efficient usage of oxygen and glucose as well as enhancing ATP (Adenine Triphosphate), which is the "energy currency" of the body. ATP supplementation is especially beneficially for those over thirty. Vinpocetine tablets are available here
Rhodiola Rosea, the Siberian adaptogen
Another great naturally sourced supplement to increase motivation and focus levels is the so-called Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola is not actually a true ginseng but like vinpocetine, gingko and ginseng can improve oxygenation and glucose utlization through a similar vasodilatory mechanism of action. Rhodiola was just one of the adaptogenic plants and nootropic compounds studied by Soviet scientists during the Cold War. As an adaptogen it reduces the effects of environmental stress by modulating our stress response in the body vis a vis acting upon the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), a sub-set of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls heart rate, breathing and other automatic responses throughout the body and brain.
Columbia's Dr. Richard Brown noted that Rhodiola induces both "cognitive stimulation" and what may seem a counterintuitive "emotional calming effect," unless you're familiar with the mechanisms of many of the Soviet studied nootropics and adaptogens like Picamilon that have similar stimulating and anxiolytic properties. Rhodiola has also been shown to increase energy, focus, motivation, physical endurance and recovery time. As a powerful antioxidant it also has a neuroprotective quality that may reduce the risk of certain neurodegenerative conditions according to a study done by China's Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine. Average daily dose of Rhodiola is 200 to 400mg of a standardized extract with 3:1 ratio like those found here, already in easy to handle 200mg tablets.
Phenylpiracetam, a souped of derivative of the classic nootropic
Phenylpiracetam is a derivate of piracetam, the classic cholinergic nootropic. It has been altered by adding a phenyl group which increases the potency. It is sometimes also known by the Russian pharmaceutical trade name Phenotropil (Piracetam itself is marketed as the Russian pharmaceutical Nootropil). Unlike piracetam, whose dosage ranges in the grams, phenylpiracetam is effective in doses of 100 or 200mg taking 1 - 3 times a day.
Phenylpiracetam could possibly be even more neuroprotective than piracetam. but also possesses the same psychostimulatory effects and may improve cold resistance and physical performance which is the reason it is banned from the Olympics and other sports governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency. In those without age related cognitive decline it may act as a simple psychostimulant and it's neuroprotective effects may not be beneficial for those with traumatic (as opposed to organic) cognitive decline. Phenylpiracetam is offered in pure powder form as easy to manage tablets and also is included along with sulbutiamine, CDP choline and pramiracetam in Focus Supplements' Energy Stack Pure Powder found here.
The energy stack by itself or phenylpiracetam, rhodiola and vinpocetine can be a great addition to your nootropic stack if you're looking for greater levels of energy and focus in addition the cognitive enhancing and neuroprotective properties of nootropics. Always remember to start slow and use the least minimum effective dosage in order to prevent possible negative side effects or tolerance potential and consult with a physician before undergoing any supplementation regimen especially if you're already using any prescription drugs or under a doctor's care for any pre-existing medical conditions.
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