I was never one to consistently take daily vitamins or supplements; I’m not sure why.
I remember as a little girl my parents would give me the Flintstones vitamins. I loved those things!
But that is the only time period in which I took them daily.
Once I started getting further into Neuroscience and Neurobiology, I researched more. A couple of years ago, I got heavily into Nootropics.
Nootropics: drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals.¹
Now, I know what you may be thinking; Are these even researched & tested?; Do doctors approve of their use?; What about side effects?
I started trying these while they were more unknown and not researched much. I was fully willing to be my own guinea pig and record my findings! I was excited about it. I’ve had my fair share of Ritalin and Adderall as a teenager, but I wasn’t willing to become addicted to, basically, prescribed heroin (in my opinion).
I spent hours and hours researching the different nootropics and the effects that others had reported. Most importantly, I researched their possible interactions with the prescribed medications that I was currently on. That’s where I narrowed it down to a few names that I felt comfortable taking with my medications: L-Theanine, Bacopa Monnieri, Adrafinil, Caffeine Supplements, and 5-HTP.
The Outcome: I had to quickly cease taking them due to my already unstable digestive system. Now, I can’t say they didn’t improve anything, they definitely did. I felt more awake with more energy, but the cost of my upset stomach was not worth it. Adrafinil was the main culprit for my stomach aches. I continued the caffeine supplements for a while going up to 600mg per day. Needless to say, I developed insomnia, HAHA duh!!
Here I am now, a couple of years later. Reading books such as Grain Brain got my brain going again. This time, the thoughts consisted of things the body already produces that we may not get enough of due to how processed a lot of our food is and how many chemicals are being used.
According to Dr. Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, these are the supplements that can aide in protecting the brain from neurodegeneration (progressive loss of structure/function of neurons), as well as support neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change throughout a lifetime by forming new connections).
» DHA: represents up to 50% of the naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids in the brain
» Resveratrol: polyphenols that are found in red grape skins (red wine), peanuts, and berries
» Tumeric: used for its anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong anti-oxidant
» Probiotics: live, good bacteria found in your digestive system that helps to keep your body healthy
» Organic Coconut Oil: high in healthy saturated fats and raises HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol)
» Alpha-Lipoic Acid: powerful anti-oxidant that protects brain and nerve tissue
» Vitamin D: maintains bone & teeth health; protects against a range of conditions
(This is ONLY the list of recommended supplements by Dr. Perlmutter. There are a large variety of vitamins, minerals, & supplements).²
During the next 1-2 months, I will be making updates on how I feel and the effects that I’ve experienced, good or bad. Depending on how much I have to say, I might make videos. I haven’t made any in quite a while!