As we grow older, we begin to notice subtle changes about ourselves, many of which aren’t always for the better either. We may notice that we’re perhaps not as fit as we once were, and that it may take us longer to recover following bouts of strenuous physical activity or exercise. Perhaps our eyesight or hearing is gradually beginning to degenerate, making it harder for us to see and hear. Or, more likely, is the fact that our memory and general mental function are probably not what they used to be, which can leave us with slower reaction times and far less focussed and much more forgetful.
Aniracetam, Modafinil, CILTEP, Alpha Brain, Brain Octane Oil
One of the really appealing things about Bio Hacking is the opportunity to make yourself on top of your game. Let’s face it who doesn’t want to be able to operate at their peak. For some people its optimum health, others its fitness, for me its mentality. Running a business, attending meetings, having kids, traveling up and down the country takes its toll and some days I can feel onnit and others I can feel totally drained. Having the opportunity to change and improve this so I have more energy, can focus more and achieve more really is totally exciting.
Everything I do now is to achieve a higher state of performance. I’ve been focusing on diet, health and immunity but approaching it from this direction rather than to get slim etc. I know exercise improves brain health and the right kind of exercise is good however over training the body is bad. But I’ve also been researching Nootropics and Smart Drugs.
I’ve been reading up a lot on nootropics and smart drugs. There’s quite a bit of info out there on blog sites, medical sites. If you believe what everyone is saying is seems crazy not to be using them. However one of the things I’ve learnt over the last 12 months is that everyone’s physiology is different and that we all respond differently to food, exercise, drugs, sleep etc. I found this to be especially true for myself.
This was the first ‘smart drug’ that I experimented with. For me Modafinil really has a strong effect. If I take this along with coffee then my heart races. I’m not 100% sure what goes on. I was following a slow carb diet at the time and my blood pressure seems to get low if I restrict my carbs for a period of time. I did find when I took Modafinil that I was fairly wired. Plus I would eventually get a headache. I’ve tried full ½ and ¼ tablets and found that if I reduce the dosage its better but I found I could only really do it for one day. Any longer that this and the negative effects increased. I now realise that the headache comes from a deficiency of acetylcholine and taking a choline supplement sorts this out. Positives – I became really focused, I felt like my brain was firing on all cylenders, public speaking felt easy and communicating with people in general was great. Downsides – racing heart, didn’t sit well if I had too much caffeine, disturbed sleep.
Another nootropic that shows promise. This reportedly improves memory recall increase intellectual clarity, improves immune function, and generate feelings of health and well-being, particularly in the elderly. However much of the info online is anecdotal so again don’t believe everything you read. And yet it’s very intriguing so like Modafinil after researching about it online I ordered 40 tablets. They arrived beginning of January and I’ve been trialling then for a week. So what have I noticed so far? I can definitely tell I’m taking them. I’ve been very engrossed in starting up my Enhanced Nation site the last 2 weeks to the point it was all consuming. However in the last few days my approach has chilled out and I’ve been able to drag my focus away and onto other things. I’ve noticed that socially I’m more outgoing and it’s easier to engage with people face to face and online. By day 3 I started to get a headache so I added in choline supplement. Which has stopped the headaches. I had a break after 5 days and restarted again the following week. By Day 6 I noticed I have good memory recall. So I’ll keep taking them keep logging my results.
Brain Octane Oil
I now take this in my coffee every morning and I really miss it if I’m not at home. I’ve also taken it straight (it has no taste). It makes my morning coffee what I need it to be and gives me an energy boost. It’s subtle though. Like I said I can now tell if I don’t have it. I tend to keep it to only one a day though as I’ve taken it a few times twice in the mornings and felt pretty wired. I couldn’t get my words out quick enough, brain working to fast. I like the health claims for taking this as well.
I bought a couple of bottles along with some shroom tech and shroom mood. I’ve not tried the shroom mood but have the other 2. I didn’t noticed any effects at all from either. So after my 2 bottles I didn’t get anymore. Maybe revisit them again and do some more research
This is a natural product that contains 5 ingredients, Artichoke extract and Forskolin (used in Ayurvedic Medicine)being two of the key ones. Natural Stacks website says “CILTEP works by naturally inducing Long-Term Potentiation. Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) is a long lasting enhancement in signal transmission between two neurons that results from stimulating them both at the same time. LTP is one of the major cellular mechanisms behind learning and memory. Memories are formed or “encoded” in the brain by creating LTP.”
I received 3 bottles in January and started taking them as instructed – 5 days a week in the morning on an empty stomach. Like everything I trial I stopped taking anything else so that I could monitor the results. After 2 weeks all was good with no adverse affects so I added back in Aniracetam and Choline.
All I can say is Wow. This combination definitely works for me. My memory recall has noticeably increased. Writing tasks are easier. I was so impressed with CILTEP that I added it to my shop.
If you have had any experiences with any of the above or have questions to ask feel free to leave comments
Warning – If you are under the age of 21 don’t think about experimenting with smart drugs. Your brain is not fully developed before this and there is not enough evidence or studies to know what long term affects it can have to the health of your brain. However if you’re past the glowing vitality of youth then make sure you do your research before you start and keep a track of your experiments. That way you know what effects they are having and if they are right for you.
I thought I would give you a little insight into what my current routine is. I stress current as I am also learning all the time. I am often trialling different products for a few days, weeks or months. I’m also learning and expanding my knowledge base as well which often means I will change what I’m doing. So because of my own personal goals and where I feel I need to work on I’ve created a routine that’s easy to follow.
- AM Nutreince
- 5ml Upgraded Glutathione Force
- Bulletproof Coffee – 2 tablespoons of Brain Octane Oil
Monday – Friday mornings
- 3x tablets CILTEP
- 2x 500mg tablets Aniracetam
- 2x tablets choline
Monday – Friday Afternoon & Evenings
- 3x MagTech
- PM Nutreince
- Upgraded Collagen Protein
I’ve been following this current routine since mid-January. During this time I sampled some Omega 3 tablets and I took these the same time as Aniracetam.
So why am I taking these particular supplements?
Nutreince is a multi-vitamin which has been specially formulated for maximum absorption. For some the jury is out on whether taking vitamins is a good thing or a waste of time. You could spend a lot of time, money and energy testing to see what you are deficient in and then tailor your supplementation accordingly. Or you can take a good multi-vitamin which will top up anything you are deficient in and any excess will just pass through your system and not be stored. Your body has different needs at different times and if your reserves are all topped up then you have the nutrients available when needed. For instance you may not use up that much vitamin c every day but if your immune system is under attack by a virus then having maximum levels of vitamin c in your body will mean you have it when needed. And if your body uses up its reserves, that’s fine because you’ll be topping them up the next day. Taking vitamins should not be a substitute for a good diet but instead they should compliment your diet as you cannot guarantee the levels of vitamins and nutrients that are in your food. Think of it as covering all your bases.
Upgraded Glutathione – I’m taking this for a similar reason for taking Nutreince. Glutathione is a master antioxidant and is found in every cell in our bodies. It helps the liver remove chemicals that are foreign to the body. It’s said that if you have a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables and good quality meat then you should be producing enough levels, however my aim is to have my glutathione levels at maximum so that when my body is subject to ‘foreign’ chemicals, pollutants and health damaging toxins I want my liver to have all the glutathione it needs.
Both Nutreince and Upgraded Glutathione boost my immune system.
Bulletproof Coffee – I drink this because I really like the taste. At first I started drinking it because I was curious about how it would taste with butter and MCT oil but now I actually just drink this as a straight coffee. I really don’t like other coffee anymore. Bulletproof coffee makes me feel great. I don’t get any coffee crash, I don’t get coffee breath. I can really tell the difference to this and other coffee. So much so, that I now take it traveling with me.
Brain Octane Oil – I took this in my coffee for months but at the moment I’m not having butter and brain octane oil in my coffee. Instead I just take it straight on a table spoon. It gives me a real energy boost in the mornings. I’ve got used to the taste and texture. Let’s face it is oil. I’ll also take this later on in the day if I have to go out in the evening. Just gives me mental clarity and helps clear out afternoon brain fog.
CILTEP & Aniracetam – I totally love taking these at the moment. My 9-5 job is accounts based and I’m often working on spreadsheets and analysing lots of data. My evenings have been spent learning and researching subjects that I have no previous knowledge about. I’ve been learning about social media, facebook, google adwords, twitter, joomla alongside brain health, nutrition, functional medicine & exercise ( and learning about Gangsta Granny and Ratburger). To be honest my thirst for knowledge is extremely high and a lot of this is magnified by the CILTEP. It works on the dopamine metabolism making it more effective and triggers the motivation, learning and memory processes. Aniracetam also works on focus, concentration and attention; it seems to promote the growth of new neurons. My memory recall has noticeably improved and the effect seems to be long term.
Choline – this is to boost the acetylcholine levels in my brain as Aniracetam depletes it (I’m guessing because its getting used up)
MagTech – this is a new product for me that I have only been taking it for a week so far. It’s also from Natural Stacks. Because I was stocking this product I did some research into magnesium and the importance of it in our systems. I love the fact magnesium helps with brain function and it seemed like the perfect match to take alongside CILTEP and Aniracetam. I’ve been researching sleep and how to improve the quality of my sleep so taking MagTech is killing two birds with one stone so to speak. Giving me enhanced cognition and increased memory alongside relaxation and improved quality of sleep.
Upgraded Collagen – I’m taking this to help my muscles repair after exercise. I’m currently doing Metafit and kettle bells each week. Metafit because it’s a high intensity workout and kettle bells because of the resistance training.
My goal here was to give you inspiration to start researching and improving your own self. At 42 I do not plan on getting my slippers out and settling down to middle age. I truly believe that we can improve our bodies and mind. The research into how our bodies work is truly exciting. The key though is education. There really are no excuses in this day and age with access to the wealth of free knowledge out there. Take it one step at a time and don’t get overwhelmed with the task. Start off simply by improving your diet and increasing your exercise. This will boost your energy levels and give you the motivation to continue.
Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions.