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8. Smart Weigh GEM20 High Precision Digital Milligram Scale 20 x 0.001g Reloading, Jewelry and Gems Scale

  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL- Scale is able to weigh in various measurements, making it perfect for all your weighing needs! Weighs in g, oz., ct., ozt., dwt and gn. Whether you are weighing gold, powder, medication or anything for cooking this scale has the right measurements for you!
  • TARE FUNCTION- Scale comes with a tare function for items that are difficult to weigh and need to be placed in a container or on one of the weighing pans. Place your container or pan on the scale, press the tare function and then put your items in the container/pan.
  • ACCURATE- Utilizes high precision sensor system to get an accurate reading every time! This scale has a thousandth of a gram accuracy (0.001g) so it is extremely precise. This accuracy takes the guesswork out of measuring finer items, so you can just place the items on the scale and know that your reading is the most accurate it can be with this top of the line scale!
  • CALIBRATION WEIGHTS INCLUDED – Although your Smart Weigh scale will arrive calibrated, we have included two Smart Weigh 10g calibration weights. Should you notice any inaccuracies in your scale throughout your time using it, simply use these weights and follow the directions to re-calibrate it so you can continue to use your scale accurately!
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9. Suntheanine® L-Theanine 200mg (Double-Strength) in Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil; Non-GMO & Gluten Free - 60 Liquid Softgels

  • ALERT & CALM: L-Theanine is an amino acid commonly found in green tea and is believed to help with relaxation. Suntheanine is patented, researched, and clinically proven to promote an alert state of relaxation and focus without any accompanying drowsiness. Get focused so you feel ready to take on the day!
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  • MANUFACTURED IN THE USA: Our L-Theanine supplement is manufactured in cGMP compliant facilities and third party quality tested right here in the USA. Be focused and perform at your best - our focus supplement gives you the boost your body needs to go the distance.
  • EASY TO USE: As a dietary supplement, simply take one (1) easy to swallow liquid softgel daily with or without food or as directed by your qualified healthcare professional. Promoting an increase in Alpha brain waves and a decrease in Beta brain waves, you'll find your spark and get the boost you need with none of the sugar or unwelcome side effects from energy drinks or energy supplements.
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Suntheanine® L-Theanine 200mg (Double-Strength) in Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil; Non-GMO & Gluten Free - 60 Liquid Softgels
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16. Doctor's Best Ashwagandha with Sensoril, Ayurvedic Herb, Standardized Withania somnifera Extract, Clinically Proven to Support Mental Focus, Cardiovascular Health & Healthy Energy, 125mg, 60 Count

  • DOCTOR’S BEST ASHWAGANDHA WITH SENSORIL - is scientifically prepared from the renowned Ayurvedic super plant Withania somnifera. Sensoril is a clinically proven Ashwagandha extract, produced without using chemical solvents and contains an excellent profile of bioactive withanolide glycosides. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) with Sensoril’s potent levels of glycosides is effective for stress, memory focus and other cognitive functions.
  • Product Note: Exposure to heat or sunlight may lead to melting/damage of product. Hence customers are expected to be available during the product delivery
  • POWERFUL STRESS FIGHTER - Ashwagandha is among the most highly prized plants in the ancient Ayurvedic system of India, where for millennia it earned a reputation as a liver and general energy tonic. Ashwagandha, an adaptogenic botanical, has been one of the main ingredients used in India’s Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is a healing system that is able to influence life forces towards a healthy balance and an integrated relationship with the environment. An adaptogen (a substance that is able to help the body resist stressors), helps reduce feelings of stress, mood swings and negativity.
  • RESTORES ENERGY & HEALTHY SLEEP PATTERNS - Ashwagandha helps support stress responses within your body and provides calming relief and encourages restful sleep, without drowsiness. Also helps to boost energy levels, making it perfect for preventing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness, so that you may have restored energy all day. Ashwagandha is beneficial for your overall well-being.
  • OVERALL HEALTH – an essential nutrient for promoting brain and cardiovascular health, for enhancing immune function, coping with stress, fighting occasional fatigue and for improving sleep patterns.
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Doctor's Best Ashwagandha with Sensoril, Ayurvedic Herb, Standardized Withania somnifera Extract, Clinically Proven to Support Mental Focus, Cardiovascular Health & Healthy Energy, 125mg, 60 Count
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19. Transfer Point Beta 1,3D Glucan Immune System Boost Support – 500mg – 60 Caps of Highly Purified Beta Glucan to Enhance Immune Cell Function (Pack of 1)

  • WHAT IS BETA GLUCAN AND WHY IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER IMMUNE SUPPLEMENTS? Vitamin C, D, Zinc and Elderberry help protect immune cells, but too much can cause over-stimulation. Beta-glucan sends in reinforcements (neutrophils, macrophages, and antibodies) making your immune response more robust without risking over-stimulation (Journal of Fungi, 2020).
  • WHY TAKE BETA GLUCAN? It’s “the most effective supplement for a healthy immune system” (JANA, 2016). Outperformed over 100 other Beta Glucan brands tested in double-blind, peer-reviewed, disinterested 3rd party comparative studies ("Comparison of Immunological Effects of Commercially Available β-Glucans", The University of Louisville, 2019). Made in the USA.
  • THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR PRODUCT: Beta-glucan increases production of neutrophils, antibodies, B Cells, Natural Killer Cells, and Macrophages without risk of over-stimulation (University of Louisville, 2016). Beta-glucans can enable trained immunity (TRIM) which is when the immune system remembers previous threats it has encountered (University of Louisville, 2020).
  • HOW MUCH BETA GLUCAN SHOULD YOU TAKE? For optimal results, take 2 capsules of our Beta Glucan immune system booster (1,000 mg) per day on an empty stomach 30 minutes before eating or as directed by your healthcare professional.
  • WHO SHOULD TAKE BETA GLUCAN? Everyone with an immune system will benefit from taking Beta Glucan. Athletes who took our yeast-derived Beta Glucans experienced quicker recovery times which meant more training days and better overall athletic performance. (Journal of Medicinal Food, 2020). Those with immuno-compromisations also greatly benefit.
Transfer Point Beta 1,3D Glucan Immune System Boost Support – 500mg – 60 Caps of Highly Purified Beta Glucan to Enhance Immune Cell Function (Pack of 1)
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u/herman_gill · 1 pointr/Nootropics

You linked me to melatonin, a very powerful anti-oxidant that's also important in regulating the sleep cycle. Lack of melatonin has been attributed to the increase in mortality risks associate with night shift workers. Too much melatonin does however disrupt the sleep cycle however and 'less is more' is definitely in the case for it. I think most studies say the theoretical production of melatonin is around 150mcg of melatonin at night for adult males. I just put these on after about 8pm when I'm at home though instead, or on a night out I try to dose myself with like 250mcg of melatonin.

While a great many supplements have been linked to an increased cancer risk in supra-physiological doses, that's usually not the case in healthy individuals. The most common ones that I can think of from the top of my head is beta-carotene supplementation being linked to an increased cancer risk in smokers; and Vitamin E alpha-tocopherol at 400IU being linked to an increase in mortality risk (the DRA is only 15IU, and alpha-tocopherol is just one type of Vitamin E we need, there's alpha,beta,delta and gamma tocopherols; and there are also tocotrienols which have never had an observed toxicity and confer a lot more of the benefits). Also huge doses like 1g of Vitamin C is bad news obviously because the Vitamin C breaks down into oxalate which is actually harmful for the body. Again, a supra-physiological dosage. Iron supplements are just always a bad idea if anyone is getting enough food for the day. Iron overload is one of the worst problems in the western world; and it's usually caused by iron deposition in soft tissue because of a lack of folate, b12 and other co-factors required for shuttling the iron into red blood cells.

Also quite a few things that you might not be aware of are anti-oxidants. Stuff like Carnitine, (except in large doses it's a pro-oxidant and is harmful) stuff like Taurine, and stuff like Beta-Alanine. Supplementation of the three of these have consistently been shown to improve the benefits of exercise.

The link you linked me to puts Sardines at $1 a can, they're usually about the same at most super markets. =P

Also for Alibaba you can get a lot of 'sample' sizes of stuff, and a lot of providers do provide with 1kg or 100g of a lot of stuff. That's what I did for lipoic acid, grapeseed extract, biotin, coenzyme q10, vitamin d, vitamin k, and fucoxanthin. I actually decided against ordering the sulbutiamine after reading some of the medical literature around it.

Here are some medical journals I think you might be interested in:

Choline and exercise, beta-alanine and taurine are anti-depressive and anxiolytic, taurine prevents exercise induced oxidative stress, and again, theanine is a good supplement for reducing mental fatigue after exercise, vitamin k reduces coronary heart disease possibly, ALA is good for lead poisoning, arginine promotes wound healing, beta-alanine and creatine improve exercise performance, beta-alanine again, beta-alanine improves wound healing (well technically carnosine does, but beta-alanine is the rate limiting amino acid), beta-alanine, carnitine and ala are good for the heart, carnosine is important for preventing aging, carnosine in vitro reverses aging, and another one, choline is important for brain development, coenzyme q10 which is a very powerful antioxidant protects the brain against damage, creatine improves brain performance in those who were previously creatine deficient.

So yeah, you might want to do a little bit more of your own research regarding antioxidants. Here's a good website for research. I totally agree with you that a lot of anti-oxidants in excess are bad for you like

  • Vitamin E tocopherols, but not tocotrienols

  • Vitamin A or provitamin carotenes... xanthophylls usually don't have that problem though

  • Vitamin C definitely in high doses

    But then there's also stuff like ALA which recycles your Vitamin E and Vitamin C stores, Carnosine (from Beta-Alanine), Taurine, and Carnitine (although not too much because otherwise it causes oxidizing effects on fatty acids and could be harmful without something like ALA alongside it), Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin D (which upregulates glutathione, one of the most powerful bodily antioxidants, again not too much though because otherwise it causes calcium deposition in soft tissues if there is a lack of Vitamin K), Vitamin K, Grapeseed extract (although again not too much because it has blood thinning effects at really high doses).
u/Debonaire_Death · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I generally try to keep changing it up, switching between one type of stimulant or another, gauging my complimentary supplementation based on how I feel.

The one thing I do always use would be GoL Better Brain, which has the perfect ratio of bacopa to vinpocetine--an important ratio, indeed.

For emergencies (i.e. any sort of serious loss of focus or resultant brain fog hitting me in the middle of the day) I keep both fasoracetam and noopept on hand in the same compartmentalized container, along with the necessary red and blue microscoops that streamline the dosing process. I'm always a short snort away from a more fulfilling intellectual experience, if my best efforts to set up the current parameters for the day are found wanting. Noopept is a great drug for banishing the brain fog that arises from overstimulation (except with tryptamines) since its function hinges mainly on inhibitory processes.

Fasoracetam, on the other hand, is one of my favorites for the opposite reason of noopept. Faso is great for when you could use more stimulation but aren't looking for a simple cardio-stimulant. I rate Faso the highest of all racetams for working memory, which is something that I struggle with often. The Fasoracetam-aided respites from my normal difficulties allow me to see certain situations much more clearly, or just to do a lot of math or other tasks that require a large and stable capacity for working memory.

A friend of mine recently involved himself in a Tibetan Medicine vendor that's actually proven very effective among the products I tried. The Bimala and the meditation water are two very interesting and unique products, with very unique interactions to normal supplements and drugs, and on their own.

Regular bacopa supplementation will result in an increased predisposition towards racetams, which means that as long as I take it I'm charged and ready for a powerful response to piracetam at a moment's notice. It's a worthwhile boost in capacity.

u/kris33 · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Wow, I'm amazed you guys haven't heard about the massive importance of lights on your energy level. I'd actually rate is as way more important than any kind of supplement/nootropic.

Light in the blue spectrum boosts the production of seretonin, giving you great, pure and clean energy. I often go from being grumpy, borderline depressed in the early morning to downright joyful after using my lamp for around 30 minutes.

The lamp I have is a Philips goLITE BLU. It's downright awesome. It's small, effective, easy to use (touchscreen) and portable. Some may think it's expensive, but it's actually not considering how big an impact it'll have on your life and for how many years it'll last you.

While blue light is great during the day it's harmful in the evening, since it prevents you from producing melatonin (the sleep hormone), both reducing your tiredness/ease of falling asleep and your sleep quality when you eventually do. To combat that I use glasses that filters out the whole blue spectrum, Uvex S1993X - just $8. It's much more effective than solutions like F.lux (it covers everything, not just your computer screen - and Flux can't stop all the blue light from the screen), and much easier to use too.

u/Sherlockian_Holmes · 4 pointsr/Nootropics

I've just ordered the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain hoping to get some answers to exactly that question.

What exercise, how much and what benefits are shown? I was rather surprised the other day, when I saw that a meta-analysis about prescription stimulants and cognitive performance compared the enhancement from said stimulants (effect size: small) with exercise, and quoted this meta-analysis.

>e.g., physical exercise, the cognitive effects of which have been found to be similarly small; see Chang, Labban, Gapin, & Etnier, 2012, for a meta-analysis.

Full reference >[Chang, Y. K., Labban, J. D., Gapin, J. I., & Etnier, J. L. (2012). The effects of acute exercise on cognitive performance: A meta-analysis. Brain Research, 1453, 87–101]

I haven't had time to look it up and investigate it yet - but, I must say, it's rather disheartening if the effect size is "similarly small" for exercise. I honestly thought it had quite drastic effects on cognitive performance.

We'll see how (if it does) the book differs in contention.



I grabbed some interesting meta-analyses' for you that may be of your interest:

> Roig, M., et al. (2013). "The effects of cardiovascular exercise on human memory: A review with meta-analysis." Neurosci Biobehav Rev 37(8): 1645-1666.

EXCERPT: "Data from 29 and 21 studies including acute and long-term cardiovascular interventions were retrieved. Meta-analyses revealed that acute exercise had moderate (SMD=0.26; 95% CI=0.03, 0.49; p=0.03; N=22) whereas long-term had small (SMD=0.15; 95% CI=0.02, 0.27; p=0.02; N=37) effects on short-term memory. In contrast, acute exercise showed moderate to large (SMD=0.52; 95% CI=0.28, 0.75; p<0.0001; N=20) whereas long-term exercise had insignificant effects (SMD=0.07; 95% CI=-0.13, 0.26; p=0.51; N=22) on long-term memory.... Strategically combined, acute and long-term interventions could maximize the benefits of cardiovascular exercise on memory."

>Verburgh, L., et al. (2013). "Physical exercise and executive functions in preadolescent children, adolescents and young adults: a meta-analysis." Br J Sports Med.

EXCERPT: "Results suggest that acute physical exercise enhances executive functioning. The number of studies on chronic physical exercise is limited and it should be investigated whether chronic physical exercise shows effects on executive functions comparable to acute physical exercise. This is highly relevant in preadolescent children and adolescents, given the importance of well-developed executive functions for daily life functioning and the current increase in sedentary behaviour in these age groups."


A review article that may also be interesting to read called Reviewing on physical exercise and the cognitive function.

I haven't looked for a comparative study re: exercise vs. nutraceuticals/meditation - but that would definitely be interesting to see, so do tell if you find something relevant and share it!

u/StrategyPattern · 9 pointsr/Nootropics

For your specific situation, 500mcg of melatonin and 400mg of magnesium glycinate should fix you right up. Melatonin is extremely safe and nontoxic. Same with magnesium (to a far lesser extant than melatonin, though).

A note on melatonin dosages: Less is more. It is frequently sold in 5-20mg pills. This is way way way too much for most people^[1].

As far as taking other things like St. John's Wort, kava, etc: Do not start out with these. You are a young person. There are many other things to try before these things. If the magnesium and melatonin don't work for you, feel free to PM me, and I'll do my best to give advice however I can.

Here are some links to brands of melatonin and magnesium that I would recommend:

Pure Encapsulations - Melatonin 0.5mg - 60 capsules for $9.30: this is the one I would most recommend in terms of quality, and the price happens to be pretty reasonable. If it's too much, let me know.

Pure Encapsulations - Magnesium (Glycinate) - 90 capsules (120mg each) for $19.50: Once again, this is ideal but if it's too much let me know. Here is a cheaper option that will work.

Best of luck to you my friend. I have had sleep problems before, and I know all too well that they will fuck your life up. This is an important issue to me, so I'm quite serious about offering my help. Feel free to PM me. Hope this helps.

u/matznerd · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Glad you are getting some protection for your skin. Are you familiar with Beta Glucans (1-3)?

Effects of glucan on bone marrow:
> The extensive research studying various effects of glucans on bone marrow showed significant restoration of both lymphopenia and neutropenia. These data led to a suggestion that glucan might be widely used as radioprotectant that could mitigate the biological effects of radiation exposure both in cases of radiation accidents or in medically used irradiation. With this knowledge, it was only a question of time before researchers determined that the same effects can be also found in bone marrow suppressed by cytotoxic drugs.
> Taken together, the use of glucans gain another Raison d’être, as the therapeutic effects on bone marrow offered help for patients undergoing cancer treatment, either by irradiation or by chemotherapy. Despite the extensive research, only limited data are available on the mechanisms of glucan effects in irradiation or chemotherapy. However, as the bone marrow damage remains to be one of the most serious problems in cancer treatment, the pharmacologic protection against bone marrow damage is of considerable interest. From the data summarized above, it is clear that the glucans might offer an ideal solution—they are inexpensive, generally free from side effects and capable of significant protection against bone marrow damage through restoration of bone marrow cell production.

Mechanism by which orally administered beta-1,3-glucans enhance the tumoricidal activity of antitumor monoclonal antibodies in murine tumor model:.

> Orally administered beta-1,3-glucans were taken up by macrophages that transported them to spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. Within the bone marrow, the macrophages degraded the large beta-1,3-glucans into smaller soluble beta-1,3-glucan fragments that were taken up by the CR3 of marginated granulocytes. These granulocytes with CR3-bound beta-1,3-glucan-fluorescein were shown to kill iC3b-opsonized tumor cells following their recruitment to a site of complement activation resembling a tumor coated with mAb.

Effects of beta-glucans on the immune system:
The healing and immunostimulating properties of mushrooms have been known for thousands of years in the Eastern countries. These mushrooms contain biologically active polysaccharides that mostly belong to group of beta-glucans. These substances increase host immune defense by activating complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function. The induction of cellular responses by mushroom and other beta-glucans is likely to involve their specific interaction with several cell surface receptors, as complement receptor 3 (CR3; CD11b/CD18), lactosylceramide, selected scavenger receptors, and dectin-1 (betaGR). beta-Glucans also show anticarcinogenic activity. They can prevent oncogenesis due to the protective effect against potent genotoxic carcinogens. As immunostimulating agent, which acts through the activation of macrophages and NK cell cytotoxicity, beta-glucan can inhibit tumor growth in promotion stage too. Anti-angiogenesis can be one of the pathways through which beta-glucans can reduce tumor proliferation, prevent tumor metastasis. beta-Glucan as adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy demonstrated the positive role in the restoration of hematopiesis following by bone marrow injury. Immunotherapy using monoclonal antibodies is a novel strategy of cancer treatment. These antibodies activate complement system and opsonize tumor cells with iC3b fragment. In contrast to microorganisms, tumor cells, as well as other host cells, lack beta-glucan as a surface component and cannot trigger complement receptor 3-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and initiate tumor-killing activity. This mechanism could be induced in the presence of beta-glucans.

These are expensive, but Transfer Point is the "go to" brand of Beta Glucans, but mostly you need the 1-3 binding...

I have personally taken those as well as some other brands just for immunostimulatory properties and protection...
This brand is cheaper and is from algae instead of mushrooms (if price is not a concern, I'd go with the other brand).

Also, you may want to look up AHCC (Active hexose-correlated compound)... Kinoko brand is good

Active hexose-correlated compound enhances extrinsic-pathway-mediated apoptosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemic cells:
> Results showed that AHCC induced Caspase-3-dependent apoptosis in AML cell lines as well as in primary AML leukopheresis samples. Additionally, AHCC induced Caspase-8 cleavage as well as Fas and TRAIL upregulation, suggesting involvement of the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. In contrast, monocytes from healthy donors showed suppressed Caspase-3 cleavage and lower cell death. When tested in a murine engraftment model of AML, AHCC led to significantly increased survival time and decreased blast counts. These results uncover a mechanism by which AHCC leads to AML-cell specific death, and also lend support for the further investigation of AHCC as a potential adjuvant for the treatment of AML.

u/baccheion · 1 pointr/Nootropics

It could work. Derealization and depression sound like low serotonin and vitamin D increases serotonin. Life Extension has a great D + K supplement (vitamin D3 should be taken with vitamin K; 10 IU D3 : 2 mcg+ MK-4). Also, add magnesium (Doctor's Best magnesium glycinate lysinate chelate is good during maintainenance and Life-Flo magnesium oil spray during repletion).

This may be a good opportunity to consider the megadose vitamin D protocol (30,000-50,000 IU for 6 months; 10 IU D3 : 2 mcg+ MK-4):

FYI: AOR Ortho-Core, Life Extension Mix + Once-Daily Health Booster, Thorne 2/day, and Life Extension Two-per-day are great multivitamins. Thorne 2/day is the cleanest and AOR Ortho-Core is the one I most prefer. If you took one of them, you'd likely not need to take a separate D + K supplement. If taking onemof the 2 per days, then I recommend adding magnesium.

u/darkpenguin22 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

2-3 99mg potassium pills at once, taken with food and/or a full glass of water. You'll notice a burning sensation if you don't drink enough with it. With a meal and plenty of water, I've taken 6 or more at once with zero side effects, so 2-3 is definitely safe.

I'd strongly suggest eventually tapering up to one 22mg zinc per day - zinc is a very widely used cofactor. More info -

Almost any vitamin c should be fine. Pretty cheap, consistent supplement. For a B complex, anything is better than nothing, so if you've got one already, I'd recommend taking that (or half doses if you respond poorly, which isn't uncommon) until you get a new one. If you can find Jarrow B-Right, that's a good one, otherwise look for one with a similar formula. (including rough ratios of each component - some companies put absurd amounts of one B vitamin, and a comparatively tiny amount of another, which can exacerbate an already sensitive balance as you discovered)

u/relevantme · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I've heard good things about Jarrow, but I've never tried any of their products.


Fish Oil:

Vitamin D:

You'll see in the examine article for Magnesium that I linked why I suggest it and Vit D; people are a lot of times deficient in one, or both. Fish Oil is just generally also seen as a good thing to supplement, and it also helps the Vit D be absorbed.

These things, in my experience, give you a much better baseline. Unless you have a really solid/varied diet/lots of sun exposure, these can really help.

u/apginge · 1 pointr/Nootropics

This magnesium an hour before bed works great in combination with melatonin. For nights when I’m extra anxious, I also add in a cup of chamomile tea.

Magnesium: (2 tablets 1 Hour before wanting to be asleep)

Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Glycinate Lysinate, 100% Chelated, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 100 mg, 240 Tablets (packaging may vary)

Melatonin I use: (I put around 10 drops under my tongue about 15min before I wanna be asleep)

Life Extension Fast-Acting Liquid Melatonin Citrus-Vanilla Flavor, 2 Fl. Ounce

Chamomile I use: (1 bag 1 hour before wanting to be asleep. Two bags if you’re super anxious)

Traditional Medicinals - Organic Chamomile, 16 Bag (2 Pack)

u/Jeremiah_K · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

A well-rounded tablespoon. I'd guess about 5 grams.

I had a pound of the stuff for a year before I found this post:

I had tried it several times at the recommended dosages with no effect. I thought it tasted bad and didn't do anything.

But after reading the above post, I tried a huge spoonful of it mixed in about 10 oz of water. It finally had the effects that people were talking about. Happens almost immediately for me.

I hated the taste, but now my body associates the taste with its effect and I don't mind it at all.

I go through a 1-2 pounds a month now and it's one of my favorite supplements. A natural adaptogenic and definitely one of the most powerful supplements that I take.

Edit: I haven't used the KSM-66 stuff.

I've tried 3 different brands. This stuff is pretty potent and the price is right:

u/psych0therapist · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I agree that sleep is incredibly important, and using electronics before bed isn’t exactly conducive to good sleep. I’ve been using 100% blue light blocking glasses at night for a few years, and these really help (though be careful when buying because some don’t block all, but imply they do - these look gnarly but have been tested to block 100% of blue light).

This, however, isn’t a perfect solution because the content most of us read on our electronics is stimulating. Personally I’ve had better results by donning my glasses, putting my phone in airplane mode, and reading an ebook that doing the same but keeping signal on and browsing reddit/reading articles.

u/b_rouse · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I like Natural Calm Tea:

Natural Vitality Calm, The Anti-Stress Dietary Supplement Powder, Raspberry Lemon - 16ounce

Raspberry Lemon flavor is my fave and I drink it before bed.

u/snaxks1 · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I'd suggest you use a brand with 10% withanolides, and not any less for maximum potency.
I use this brand.

I take 2 of them and the effects compound each day, some find it too be so strong that it literally makes you a zombie, and they quit it.

It is very dulling, but you'll get used to those effects after a couple of weeks or you could just adjust to a lower dosage.

I had a friend who was a hardcore alcoholic for 10 years, and found that Sensoril was extremely beneficial in reducing his cravings and moodshifts when in physical withdrawal (as the studies confirm that it is*).

Yesterday I took it to calm down after some emotional drama with the family that would of kept me sensitive about it for a longer time than usual if I hadn't of taken it.

It is good stuff.


u/bacon999 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I've resigned myself to believing if I were a doctor, my first move for anything other than diarrhea would be to prescribe magnesium.

I tested for a considerable deficiency ~2 years ago, and periodically after that, and found that supplementing with Glycinate forms has helped me a lot. I've found the Doctor's Best Chelated Version to be the best in terms of price/effectivness:

I've tried just about every type of mag there is, including shots, and the Glycinate forms have by-far been the best for me in terms of bowel tolerance and effectiveness.

u/delsombra · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Yup, specifically this one. I usually drop a full dropper's worth into my mouth. I've read weird things like it should be sublingual, it works better when heated, etc... Just trying to find the best option, I guess.;

Thanks again!

u/DeathByTeaCup · 8 pointsr/Nootropics

Putting a scoop (250mg) of Liftmode Theanine in your coffee is probably the easiest thing you can do and the best value. Liftmode's purity is unmatched as well, they include a lab analysis in your order.

u/m1kael · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I started with a brand of Suntheanine too with similar beneficial results. I made the leap to pure powder and I find it's cheaper, more flexible dosing, and more effective results overall. Here's what I have, I highly recommend checking it out. (Edit: Lift Mode (50g, pure, $15): )

u/UnluckyPenguin · 14 pointsr/Nootropics

Holy shit! That scales "Acceptable Tolerance (+-)" is 200mg! Source

In case I'm not being clear: 100%, you cannot trust that scale.

If you're measuring anything below 1g, it requires extreme accuracy, which that scale cannot provide!

Here is the recommended scale of /r/nootropics:
American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G

I have this scale. Even though it measures down to 1mg (.001g), the acceptable tolerance is still +-5mg. It also measures up to 20g, so that's an overall accuracy of +-0.025% compared to the max weight, which is extremely accurate for a scale (note: your scale comes in at 0.033% compared to the max weight)

If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck!

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I just dump the powder in my mouth and down it with some water. At first the taste was awful, but I've become inured to it. The taste leaves your mouth immediately, unlike other powders.

I don't suggest mixing it into a beverage because that would just prolong the experience of ingesting it. You can put it into a capsule. When I want to put powder into a capsule, I'll just run the capsule along the weighing dish.

If cost is an issue, then I think it is well worth it to invest in the powder, a scale and some gelatin capsules.

Here's a scale.

Here are some capsules.

And check the FAQ for nootropic vendors. I recently ordered 100 grams of piracetam for about $15 from Newstar Nootropics. They are very professional, but you can probably get a slightly better price elsewhere. I really like the container it came in though (a plastic amber jar, as opposed to a flimsy bag).

u/BlueB52 · 13 pointsr/Nootropics

I bounce between several, but can definitely recommend Doctor's Best. I have not noticed a difference between all of the top brands on amazon.

u/Modafinabler · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Natural Calm makes magnesium citrate that's flavored with stevia that tastes pretty good:

u/gonzolahst · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

You can buy this 0.001 scale for $25, I use it, it's excellent and comes with a tray and two calibration weights. It's a good investment and you'll be able to safely dose the next ever-so-potent substance you try.

u/WTFOMGBBQ · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I found this in amazon. I am going to give it a try.. I will make sure to follow up with this thread to see if it worked. Thanks folks for letting me share this in your group. I hope to post my results and have the searchable for future folks researching this..

u/dmagikwand · 1 pointr/Nootropics

>My guess is that obviously the caffeine is being absorbed more efficiently than the l-theanine. And I’m left with a caffeine high that the L-theanine simply cannot compensate.

A balls out way to get L-Theanine if you drink coffee (bulletproof coffee that is) is to get L-Theanine that comes in the gel caps in a coconut oil base, cut open the caps and squeeze the gel into your bulletproof coffee (I do 400 mg) and blend it up on high speed. Happy and focused all day long!
Product with coconut oil base:®-L-Theanine-Double-Strength-Cold-Pressed-Organic/dp/B00TXY32FY/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1526705717&sr=8-3&keywords=sports+research+ltheanine&dpID=41m1rM8JdAL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

**Since bulletproof coffee already has coconut oil, it might work just the same to empty a couple of veggie caps into the mix before blending.
Whatever the mechanism, I definitely feel the theanine/caffeine synergy more by doing it that way in the blender.

u/alwayspickingupcrap · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

I found that Time Released Melatonin 1mg is very powerful. Too powerful for me but maybe an option for you?

Also Natural Calm Magnesium Is a particularly sedating form of magnesium in my experience.

The least practical form of magnesiumon a regular basis is a hot epsom salt bath. For me it’s about as sedating as a double dose of benzos.

[edit: Apology: reread your question and realized you’re looking for alternatives to melatonin. Will leave up that first sentence though, since I haven’t seen much discussion about time release melatonin and I was really surprised at how different it felt than 0.5mg quick dissolve melatonin.]

u/Disorganized007 · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

My mood is heavy reliant on my sleep quality, so is my willingness to accomplish tasks and focus.

I honestly dont understand the diffrent forms of mag here's the one I'm taking:

u/24811812513198111524 · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

I bought the gemini 20 scale on amazon.

Acurate around 5mg up or down. The 10g thing shows up as 9.995g on it.

You can def measure 10mg accurately, if measuring smaller doses like 1 or 2.5mg it won't really work. I don't really see it change until 4mg at least.

For smaller doses I would measure out 10mg and then "eyeball" it into 4 equal doses in four different capsules, and hoped it would be accurate enough.

Will work for things like caffeine or normal noots/drugs that you just need to measure in mg.

Powder city has a scale that's like 11 dollars I think, but idk how good it is.

u/thegrumpyhypnotist · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

the problem is that melatonin production is disrupted not just during specific sleep-time, but throughout the evening, when it would naturally get darker over time.

it's good advice to make sure that all lights are blocked while sleeping (including blinking lights from electronic devices, cable boxes, etc); however, it's kind of impractical tip to suggest that people should avoid all sources of light after sundown. flux is a good technological work-around to an unavoidable technological "problem".

edit: these glasses do a great job of blocking all blue-light from monitors, phones, TVs, etc:

u/sour69 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I bought it on amazon, and honestly the bottle makes it is hard to understand the dosage .

It’s this one

And I took 10 drops the first day, and 15 the next two days . If someone could help me figure out the dosage per drop on it , it would be greatly appreciated .

u/wogmn · 1 pointr/Nootropics

We always suggest using a balance/scale for dosing as scoops are highly unreliable in measuring. We do not include any type of scoop as they are not reliable nor do they measure in mg. All powders have different densities and therefore they shouldn't be measure using one.

We do not carry scoops, as we feel they promote the misuse of products. You should never use any compound without accurately weighing it with a milligram scale. It's for your own safety. Our customer's safety is priority #1.

We have found that the Gemini 20 is a decent scale at a decent price. Of course, this isn't an official endorsement of it. I have provided a link below.

u/LemonDrank · 13 pointsr/Nootropics

I'm a fan of:

You'd think people and especially doctors would want to go with the minimum effective dose as supported by the literature, but the mentality of "if a little is good, a lot must be great!" is so common.

u/iamthewaffler · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I can vouch for this scale being awesome, and both more accurate and easy to use than most that are twice that price.

u/jarrellt67 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

That product also contains magnesium oxide. If it says "buffered" on the label, that often means it's mixed with magnesium oxide. Also, look at the "other ingredients" list; magnesium oxide is listed. A good magnesium glycinate that isn't buffered, and is very cheap, is Doctor's Best Magnesium -

u/zzwerling · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I don't think more is necessarily better. I'm 6'1"/185lbs and I take 600mcg a night and that works nicely for me.


It's hard if not impossible to find the small dosage ones in stores, so I ordered 300mcg tablets on amazon and take 2.


heres the ones I have:

u/radiokicker · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

This is pretty awesome that you put that much work into it, but why not buy something like this? It would be safer in the long run.

u/huyouare · 1 pointr/Nootropics

FYI, there are convenient 0.3 mg pills available on Amazon:
I take the same dosage myself, and find these to be very effective.

u/sockrocker · 8 pointsr/Nootropics

If that wasn't just a panic attack, it's probably because you took A LOT of methylB12 (5mg) and methyl folate (800 mcg).

I like the B-Right B-Complex from Jarrow. According to the nutrition label it has:

  • 100mcg of methylB12, which is already 1,670% of DV
  • 400mcg folate, which is 100% of DV

    Now, Daily Value isn't necessarily the threshold, but you took 50 times the amount of methylB12 as is in that supplement, which is 83,500% of your Daily Value.
u/GoldenTeachMe · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Terrasoul Superfoods Ashwagandha Root Powder (Organic), 16 ounces

Been taking this product for over a year year now and definitely haven't noticed any heavy metal sickness symptoms. Also I got lab results from them on the last batch I bought, which was only tested for Pb (lead), which was found to be 0.246 PPM. This is well within the generally accepted range in food.

Always request lab results!

u/charlesbukowksi · 1 pointr/Nootropics

What kind of scale do you have? I strongly recommend using a digital scale like this one:

u/DudeWhoRejectsLabels · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Are you familiar with Circadian Rhythm Disorders? r/DSPD and r/n24 seem to be the main places to talk about them on reddit. There's also a mailing list that a bit more active but a different format at Circadian Sleep Disorders Network. I'm not saying fixing your circadian rhythm will help, or that it's the cause for depression, or that the inverse is true, but they are often comorbid. You may decide the circadian rhythm issue is less important to you, and attack your mood symptoms first - but sleep quality could be related to your mood and DSPD could hurt sleep quality. Basically I am saying it's a clusterfuck. At least you may be able to find some management strategies (e.g. controlling light/dark exposure). Before you go hunting for solutions, though, I'll share that the single best thing for me has been scototherapy, and the cheapest way to try it out is with Uvex SCT-Orange. Note: glancing at your previous posts, it seems you may still be on APs? If the DSPD is a side-effect from them, I don't know how well scototherapy will work. Still, it's something to try.

u/Intereo · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

This scale is probably the best bang for your buck. I have one and haven't had any problems with it.

u/brainjacked · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Are you spraying properly? Fluid shouldn't drip from your nose and you shouldn't feel/taste it in the back of your throat. Getting consistent results with the sprays is hard and requires patience to let it absorb in each nostril, spray by spray. I ended up doing 4 sprays, 2-3 times a day, lazily and having no idea how much semax I was actually getting. I've used both Semax and NA-Semax sprays.

I eventually switched to NA-Semax-A subq injections. It's not hard and semax alleviates any needle anxiety after the first time. I respond well to NA-Semax-A at 800mcg. If you have a 100mcg spray, you would need 8 sprays to hit that level (and some won't be absorbed).

45 min before I play sports in the early evening, I take 2 sprays of NA-Semax, 1ml of Lion's Mane extract, 6mg ionic boron, 300mg Optimal Choline Complex and .5ml of ceretropic's caffeine/nalt. This stack improves my speed, strength, coordination and endurance to such a degree that it feels like cheating.

u/couchflambeau · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I have been taking Wellbutrin for a month now and have had constant anxiety and sleeping problems since day one and haven't found anything that would calm me (except maybe some kava), and then today I got samples of this stuff called Natural Calm, it's Magnesium Citrate (From mixing Magnesium Carbonate and Citric Acid in your beverage) and in less than 20 min I was extremely relaxed. Sort of muscle relaxer relaxed. For me one packet was too much because I was tired all day but I can't believe how effective it was. Here's a link:

I wonder if it's the carbonate version that makes it so effective for me since I've tried magnesium citrate before and it wasn't like this stuff at all. It says the carbonate version is for better absorption.

u/ReaganSmashK · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Rule of thumb is to take twice as much l-theanine as caffeine. Walgreens sells 200mg tablets of caffeine in quantities of 60/100 for very very cheap, it's Walgreens brand but it's called "stay-awake" on the bottle. As a result, I take 200mg of caffeine and 400mg of l-theanine. I order my l-theanine from liftmode on amazon, as they ship it with a chemist evaluation and are about the same price as anyone else. Buying l-theanine over the counter at a store is difficult and expensive. The only place I could find it near me was a GNC and it was only 60 200mg capsules for a little over 20 bucks, that's just 12 grams. Liftmode sells 50g of l-theanine for 14 dollars and it qualifies for prime shipping:

People rave about suntheanine brand l-theanine. I tried it and it was no different, more expensive, and harder to control the dosage since it's already made into a pill. Liftmode sells theirs as a grounded powder in a neat container and it comes with a 250mg dosage spoon. Very easy to control.

u/MisterYouAreSoDumb · 7 pointsr/Nootropics

I don't think anyone should include microscoops. It promotes the idea that volumetric dosing is accurate, which cannot be further from the case. A milligram scale is ALWAYS needed to accurately measure lower dosages. Not to mention all the plastic waste is causes. The only things I use scoops on are products that need larger dosages, have a low side effect profile, and that I have already calibrated using an accurate scale. So things like creatine or mushroom powder extracts I will use one of my stainless steel scoops to dose my powder, as I have already determined which scoops deliver a specific weight for that batch powder, and I know a little variability in the dosage is not going to cause any issues for me. I can wash the stainless steel scoops, and make sure they are sterilized. Plus, they can be used forever, instead of me wasting tons of them by throwing them out. Even with the stainless steel ones, I do not use them for things that need small dosages, like Noopept or Tianeptine. Those ALWAYS get weighed on an accurate milligram scale every time. Accuracy matters. The Gemini-20 is an inexpensive scale that you can get for like $20 on Amazon. There is no reason to not get one.

These are the stainless steel scoops I use:

Here is the Gemini-20:

u/IsNotANovelty · 0 pointsr/Nootropics

Buy a Gemini-20 for $20. It's what most people here use and it works great.

u/excitedparrot · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

I paid just under $20 for 15 grams (15000 mg) and the average dose is between 10mg and 30mg. 30 mg was a bit much for me, unless you dose only once a day then it might be better. I take about 10-15mg twice daily.

From what I've read, addiction is unlikely, at least on a chemical level. I strongly suggest using a digital scale that is accurate down to the 0.001g, or 1mg. I use this scale

u/Sometimes_Lies · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I ended up getting this scale, though I forget if I found it recommended here or if it was a semi-random purchase. My first order was from NootropicsDepot, and that's the scale they sell -- although I bought it from Amazon, since it's a bit cheaper there.

It seems to work pretty well, or at least I don't have any complaints. Just, like I said, be sure to wash the tray before using it -- it could very well have been coincidence, but I got quite sick the first day I used the scale. Washing/drying a tiny scrap of metal is easy enough that there's no point in taking chances, though.

u/MrJohnFawkes · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I see that yellow doesn't work from that study, but I don't see that they tested orange. I'm using these:

The community Q&A on there says they block blue light, and I can verify it- blue lights such as the one on my fan actually look green with these things on. Amber might be a little better, or maybe this color is actually pretty close to amber and I just have trouble telling the two apart. Do you have a different brand you've used?

u/kabrch · 4 pointsr/Nootropics

I just received it from ND today as well.

1: It's a typo, 100mg is the dosage.

2: Get a scale. You should not be eyeballing substances. Especially when it's a substance like Polygala. Scale on Amazon

u/yeahdudes · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Lol I bought this one off amazon for about $20. Not gonna lie I can't wait to use it

u/L0v3C4rtm4n · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

If you cannot remove lights or stop staring at screens, I highly recommend these glasses -

They help me fall asleep on time everyday.

u/SoberHaySeed · 17 pointsr/Nootropics

I was told by a neurologist that anything over 300 mcg (micrograms) will either offer no benefit up to 1mg and cause sleep problems above 2mg. He told me that 5mg pills aren't going to hurt you, but are sold to the American "bigger must be better" buyer.

I've not tried time release, but I limit my caffiene after noon and take half a 1mg tablet.

They do sell 300mcg melatonin, I can't help but think there's a reason for that.

u/philtp · 1 pointr/Nootropics

This doesn't always work as you may use a multitude of devices including having dumb devices around with blue LEDs and etc. What I did was buy these:

They work like a charm. Just put them on when you're home up past a certain hour.

u/837183 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

> At the very least have a scale that weighs down to 0.001g (i.e. GEM20)

Thanks. will take your advise on that.

Thing is, there are two scales with an uncanny resemblance, one is:

u/Tentra · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Just buy a scale, if you're willing to spend money on nootropics, then buy a milligram scale. It's not like you'll ever have to buy another one.

I can personally recommend the American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20, $24 on Amazon.

u/betaray · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

The book "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" includes a lot of research that describes benefits to morning exercise.

u/0H_N0_T0T0 · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Fyi, from my own experience, the New Star 10–15 mg scoop is grossly inaccurate (…otherwise, my Gemini-20 mg scale is seriously out of whack). Each scoop measures out about 3.5–4.5 mg of Noopept (loose-ish scoop = approx. 3.5 mg; packed scoop = approx. 4.5 mg); 7–8 scoops of powder = one dose (aiming for approx. 30 mg).

u/fablemerchant · 1 pointr/Nootropics

If you can afford a luxury like agmatine, you can afford a scale. A Gemini-20 is cheap enough.

u/riffdex · 1 pointr/Nootropics

What do you mean by life extension capsules? I just ordered this Sensoril off of Amazon

u/FiremanHandles · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I bought it off [amazon.] ( I didn't see the list of recommended providers until after I had bought it. IIRC there were a few choices.

u/KaliBama · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

Sundown Naturals makes a cheap 300 mcg melatonin that you can buy from multiple places including Amazon

u/IgnorantOlympics · 4 pointsr/Nootropics

Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens

Dirt cheap, blocks pretty much all blue light. I can't even tell blue led indicator lights on electronics are on when I'm wearing them. They're mega sexy looking, though.

u/fearlessnetwork21 · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Make a nasal spray or just cap some up after you purchase a $20 scale on amazon that can weigh milligrams.


u/donotswallow · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

I used to hate it (sluggish/brain fog all day after) until I discovered these. I take it a few hours before I want to fall asleep and it knocks me out faster than the higher doses ever did. As long as I get enough sleep (7-8 hours) I have no noticeable side effects.

Don't quote me on this, but I remember reading that the 3mg+ doses were based on a misreading of the original study and companies just ran with it.

u/FLSverker · 1 pointr/Nootropics

There's also the Garden of Life fish oils. There's one that includes just astaxanthin and fucoxanthin, and then there's one that includes both plus bacopa, vinpocetine, and some phosphatidylserine.


u/nmyunit · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

yeah, I take 300 mcg nightly and it's plenty. even bumping to 600mcg makes for a noticeably more dreary awakening.

u/abomb999 · 0 pointsr/Nootropics

those apps are all shit.

get some real "blue" blockers, ala

Put them on and see how much blue your monitor was leaking with flux or whatever shitty app you were using.


a shit ton.

You can program a driver or app or whatever to basically set the blue portion of the RGB of every pixel to zero, but the LCD/plasma is still emitting A LOT of blue light. For example, darken your room and and go to MS paint, make a black background, then open the image in picture view or some app and full screen it, and just see the bright glow of the "black" pixels.

u/sayitaintsoap · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Use a blue light filter app on your phone/computer screens during the night time. Or wear glasses that block blue light like these:

blue light inhibits melatonin secretion.

u/Liedertafel · 1 pointr/Nootropics

This is a stupid question that I don't think deserves its own post. I bought a pair of blue light blocking glasses from Amazon. These ones good reviews and come up first.

I can still see blue. I thought blue was meant to appear as black. Does that mean they're not working?

u/RightInTheBrainBox · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

NSI freebase 20mg sublingual is a good starting dose, imo.
I can be pretty irresponsible with my drug use but not using a scale is plain stupidity. Do not take any until you purchase a mg scale.

The gemini-20 is about $20

If you cant justify that cost you shouldnt be buying the drugs.

u/fatetrader · 1 pointr/Nootropics

No problem, you can find a lot of info on this website or read this book as I said it is badly written but has all the necessary info

u/sonicfreak360 · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I actually have some personal experience in this! I used to get really bad anxiety and depression after orgasm. I started wearing blue light filter glasses 4 hours before bed because it apparently blue light supresses melatonin production in the body. I don't seem to have any more depression and anxiety after orgasm anymore, HOWEVER its way to early to tell because I've only tested this once out of fear of getting anxiety and depression again.

My theory is that improper sleep cycles mess with prolactin related stuff, and orgasming makes it worse. But uhh... Honestly, take this with a grain of salt. But if you wanna try this yourself, here is where I bought the Blue light filter glasses.