BOOST YER BRAINS
It's a fast-paced world and sometimes coffee just doesn't do the trick. Science has made great leaps over the last decade toward discovering the mechanisms that create greater focus, better spacial intelligence and improved memory, so it's only a matter of years before that "super pill" ends up on either the white or black market. Until then, that same science has given us safe and effective ways to improve our brains quickly, right now. 

The worst thing about most brain boosting methods or herbs is that we have to wait for them to start working. Ginko Biloba can take weeks of regular dosing to begin effecting your memory, while Ginseng can take days before doing the same. There are very few quick, instant ways to boost our brain power without coffee or illicit drugs. However, don't be discouraged, because there are still some ways that are free, affordable and accessible to anyone. 


L-Theanine or Green Tea

A better brain booster than coffee, Green Tea is rich with a substance called theanine. When mixed with caffeine, theanine has been shown to improve focus and memory within 30-90 minutes after consumption. 

Studies have shown:

The L-theanine and caffeine combination improved both speed and accuracy of performance of the attention-switching task at 60 min, and reduced susceptibility to distracting information in the memory task at both 60 min and 90 min. These results replicate previous evidence which suggests that L-theanine and caffeine in combination are beneficial for improving performance on cognitively demanding tasks. (PubMed



The combination of caffeine and theanine can be found in one simple place: your local grocery store, in the form of green tea.


Binaural Beats

These strange little sounds have been shown to put your brain into certain states and rhythms. As explained by Wikipedia, this is what a binaural beat is:

A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear). For example, if a 530 Hz pure tone is presented to a subject's right ear, while a 520 Hz pure tone is presented to the subject's left ear, the listener will perceive the auditory illusion of a third tone, in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. The third sound is called a binaural beat, and in this example would have a perceived pitch correlating to a frequency of 10 Hz, that being the difference between the 530 Hz and 520 Hz pure tones presented to each ear. (wikipedia)  


Some studies have shown that listening to authentic binaural beats for just a few minutes will cause the brain to enter Alpha and Theta rhythms or -sometimes- into "non ordinary states of consciousness". 

The Theta rhythm is connected to most physical activity and is sometimes caused by physical exertion and exercise. Some scientific theories have also linked Theta rhythms to learning and spacial memory. 

Because exercise and physical activity have been proven to improve mental health and memory retention, putting the brain into a Theta rhythm using binaural beats could have the same effects without the physical exertion. 

Where do you find binaural beats? You can download them or listen to them on Youtube. A simple Youtube search for "theta binaural beats" will give you a healthy supply. It could take time to find the ones that work best for you, but the ideal time to experiment with binaural beats is when you're studying for exams or trying to learn something new. It's also important to use headphones, as most binaural beats are useless without them.
Nootropics

These are a class of drugs often used to describe a series of synthetic substances called racetams. These racetams, for the most part, are legal to possess and consume privately in the United States and Canada. To make them even more intriguing, they've been proven to be virtually harmless, which is why they've never been outlawed in either country. 

There are other "nootropics" besides racetams, but many of them have been shown to have adverse affects. That's why the focus here will be on this special group of nootropics called racetams. In some cases, theanine is referred to as a nootropic as well and there are several herbs and mushrooms that have also been called nootropics

The most popular racetam is Piracetam. Studies have shown piracetam as effective in staving off dementia with virtually no negative side effects:

A meta-analysis has been performed including nineteen double blind, placebo controlled studies with piracetam in patients suffering from dementia or cognitive impairment in the elderly. These studies had as common outcome measure a clinical global impression of change, a measure of clinically meaningful improvement. The meta-analysis of this global outcome followed the methodology set forward by the Cochrane Collaboration. This article describes the studies, the patient populations and the methods of data extraction. The results of the meta-analysis demonstrate a difference between those individuals treated with piracetam and those given placebo, both as significant odds ratio and as a favourable number needed to treat. While there may be problems in meta-analyses and the interpretation of the statistical results, the results of this analysis provide compelling evidence for the global efficacy of piracetam in a diverse group of older subjects with cognitive impairment. (Karger)  


The second most popular racetam is Oxiracetam. Studies have shown that oxiracetam is a mild stimulant with positive effects on learning, memory and spacial intelligence. Even in moderately high doses, oxiracetam had minor side effects including irritability and anxiety. In moderately high doses, oxiracetam has also been proven to be non-fatal. Like piracetam, oxiracetam is said to have instant brain boosting effects within 90 minutes after consumption. 

Where do you get piracetam and oxiracetam? You can buy them online, but make sure to do your research and purchase only from legitimate companies with legitimate addresses and websites. Since racetams aren't approved by the FDA or Health Canada, there aren't a lot of laws regulating their production and sale. Racetams can't be found in any drug stores in Canada, but can be purchased online for private consumption only. 

One legitimate source to purchase oxiracetam is AbsorbYourHealth. As for the rest, there are several distributors in the United States, many of which import racetams from China. As goes with any such experimentation: buyer beware. 

It's also important to be safe. Never consume anything you feel uneasy about and always consult with a doctor before consuming anything.


These are three quick ways to boost your brain while you're waiting for that super smart drug to hit the market at $9,000 per pill. 

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      June 2017 | Commodus

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