I’m going through a phase of trying new nootropics at the moment. Earlier this year my nootropic choices where CILTEP, Aniracetam, Choline, plus a few others. read more →
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.
When it comes to athletic performance and our overall health and general well-being, it simply cannot be denied that supplements are extremely beneficial as far as helping to ensure that we’re fit and healthy, and that we also perform to our full potential either in the gym, at the athletics track, at the swimming pool, or anywhere else for that matter. When talking about sports and health supplements in general, one product in particular will almost certainly always pop up in conversation and that product is creatine. Creatine is considered one of the best supplements on the market today and is especially popular amongst bodybuilders and athletes in general. As well as helping with athletic performance however, creatine can also help boost our brain power and our overall mental focus too. Here’s a look at creatine in a little more detail.
What is creatine and how can it help with lean muscle mass?
Creatine is basically a naturally occurring amino acid that is produced within our very own bodies within the pancreas, the kidneys, and the liver as well. Its main function is to be used as a primary source of energy for our muscles. Creatine is also found naturally within other living creatures especially cattle, which is why red meat is considered a great source of protein and creatine combined. As far as how it can help with building muscle, the cells within our bodies actually require energy in order to function, the energy they run on is known as ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate). ATP basically does for the cells within your body what fuel does for your car. Creatine actually helps with ATP production, meaning the more creatine, the more energy the cells in the muscles will have, so the longer they will be able to work before they fatigue. This means you can exercise and workout for longer before you grow tired, which means your workouts are more productive, which in turn will eventually translate into an increase in muscle mass or an improvement in athletic performance.
But what about the benefits for the brain?
Most people see creatine solely as a supplement aimed at bodybuilders and keen athletes when in actual fact there is a great deal of scientific and medical evidence that proves that creatine is also extremely beneficial for the brain too. For starters, scientists have found that creatine is especially beneficial for short-term memory. A number of studies carried out on people supplementing their diets with creatine, and a group of people using a placebo, found that each person using the creatine showed an increase in short-term memory span when compared with those taking the placebo. The reason for this is that creatine helps with the re-synthesis of ATP, which has been found to help the brain’s ability to remember. Studies have also found that creatine helps to prevent fatigue of the mind and that it can also help enhance your mood. Creatine has been proven to actually enhance oxygenation utilisation within the brain, which helps to keep it sharper and more alert. Studies found that people using creatine whilst deprived of sleep, showed the same mental focus as people that slept for 7 hours or more. There is also evidence that suggests that creatine can help to enhance our moods and feelings of well-being, making it very effective when helping to treat certain forms of depression, stress, or anxiety. Overall, creatine helps the body by providing the cells within our muscles with fuel which allows them to work faster, harder, and for longer, but it is also thought to help improve our memory, our mental focus and clarity, and it can even help us to feel happier and more content with ourselves and life in general. For these reasons, creatine supplementation could be highly recommended and it could help to improve the health and general well-being of a number of individuals of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Natural Stacks have bought out a brilliant Creatine product called BioCreatine. I’ve been using it now for the last 2 months. It stacks brilliantly with their CILTEP product which works on LTP (long term potentiation)
Q. I am interested in buying CILTEP. Since I live in Germany, I was
wondering if you deliver to Germany as well and if there are any known
problems concerning the import of CILTEP (customs, etc.)
A. Re shipping to Germany, no problem I ship there quite a bit. Also as far
as I’m aware no issues with CILTEP as its classed as a food supplement
and has no banned or prescription ingredients
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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.
Enhanced Nation have decided to add 2 new lines to their Nootropics range. Nuerostim and Neurodrive from Mind Nutrition. Sadie Scott (owner) has been trialling these 2 products for the last 4 weeks. ” I am really impressed with the results, I was previously taking Aniracetam alongside my CILTEP stack but decided to trial Neurostim instead”.
Neurostim is a combination of 3 great nootropics in their own right: Aniracetam, DMAE, Vinpocetine
Mind Nutrition’s website says “We developed Neurostim to perform a very specific number of roles; we wanted it to primarily improve the rate at which neurons fire signals within the brain. Achieving this would result in a faster thought process and a better working memory, and these are the three compounds we’ve chosen for this purpose”.
Key benefits are:
- Assists in a faster thought process ✝
- Can improve concentration and mental alertness ✝
- Promotes more effective cognitive function ✝
- Vinpocetine shown to have neuroprotective benefits ✝
Sadie has also been trialling Neurodrive which replaced her Choline supplement. ” I took choline to help increase my acetylcholine within my brain.” One of Neurodrives key ingredients is CDC Choline. “One on the only downside to supplementation is the amount of tablets, any opportunity to reduce this with supplements that do a number of tasks is a great idea. I just love the opportunity to be more efficient. I like both Neurodrive and Neurostim for these reasons, I’m not only getting aniracetam and choline but the added benefits of the additional ingredients as well. Brilliant”.
Both Neurodrive and Neurostim can be purchased from Enhanced Nation click here for the shop link
✝ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease