Biohackers swear they feel superhuman when they take nootropics.

I wouldn’t go that far but they do work.

The secret?

Finding your right blend.

What is a Nootropic?

It’s an herbal extract, a synthetic version of an herbal extract or a synthetic molecule that is meant to help with focus, learning and memory.  

In 2022 I did a podcast interview with Mr. Noots, Mark Effinger from the company Nootopia, an offshoot of BIOptimizers. (click HERE to listen in).

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Mark, aka Mr. Noots, enlightened me on the glucose, and oxygen boosting effects as well as the nerve protective effect of nootropics. 

And since 2022, I’ve been dabbling in many forms of Nootropics to figure out how they impact my clients and myself. 

The Nootopia Collagenius Mushroom drink is what I use on a daily basis in the winter, it’s like hot chocolate, to help keep me sharp, creative and focused and I like their NectarX for the summer.  

I pair the nootropics with my daily use of adaptogenic herbs like my mushroom blend in the morning and the Holy Basil in the evening.

Many of the Nootropics being used today are extracts or derivatives of the active ingredients in adaptogenic herbs like lion’s mane mushrooms, ginseng, ginkgo and Ashwagandha. 

Some of the Nootropics are synthetic molecules like aniracetam, piracetam and more. 

I actually like the herbal versions better. 

How do you know if you could benefit from a nootropic?

I tend to look at personality, habits, behaviors and routines to assess a need for a nootropic. 

If you are easily distracted, tired a lot, addicted to social media and action movies, it’s likely you have a dopamine deficiency. 

Those who struggle with their memory, focus, attention to detail, are not connected to their feelings and worn out after a mentally taxing day are likely missing out on the neurochemical acetylcholine.

Serotonin deficiency is rampant in society and those with carb cravings, who rarely smile, feel down and have a pessimistic view on life are generally serotonin deficient.

GABA is a neurochemical that is also commonly deficient in those who can’t tolerate caffeine, do not sleep well, are quick to be agitated, anxious often and do not remember their dreams.

Do any of these sound like you?

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I’d venture to say most people fit in one, if not two to three of these categories. 

My conclusion?… Everyone could benefit from a nootropic of some sort. 

Finding which one fits is the question. 

Nootopia has a great quiz that can guide you toward what to start with.

I tend to use the following nootropics for the most common complaints:

  • Focus, memory and concentration struggles in general this could be a combo of dopamine and acetylcholine – Bacopa, Huperzine A – (Nootropics Depot or you can find on Fullscript)
  • Easily distracted, need action in your life to thrive –  your dopamine is likely low – Tyrosine (amino acid) + B6 (DopaBoost by Designs for Health)
  • Mentally taxed and worn out with a lack of connection to self and details in life – you may be lacking acetylcholine – Phosphatidyl Choline – (PS 150 Designs for Health)
  • Can’t get enough carbs in your diet, feeling down and down on life are classic serotonin deficiency symptoms – 5 HTP Supreme (Designs for Health)
  • If it’s hard for you to relax, you have anxiety and insomnia you may have low levels of the neurochemical GABA – Gabatone by (Apex Energetics on Fullscript)

It’s not uncommon for me to hear patients blame their lack of energy, focus and mood issues on age or hormones!

Know that there is data showing you don’t have to suffer, you can improve your brain health with age. 

There are a lot more options than I’ve listed here, if you’re wanting to optimize your brain and neuro-chemical health – I can help!

Here’s to your health,

Dr. J

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