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How I Make My Brain Work

As someone who is passionate about supporting my brain health and cognitive performance, I’ve put together a carefully selected range of supplements, including adaptogenic herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other well-researched compounds. However, it's crucial to recognize that individual needs vary, and it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional and conduct thorough research before starting any new supplement regimen.
When using supplements, it's important to be aware of potential side effects and interactions, and to rely on reputable sources for information. Additionally, cycling off certain supplements periodically can help maintain their effectiveness and prevent the body from developing a tolerance.
The following sections provide an overview of the supplements I have found beneficial for supporting my cognitive performance, along with their potential benefits, common uses, and important precautions. Please remember that this information is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.

📌 It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, as they can provide personalized advice based on your individual health needs and potential drug interactions.

Vitamin D3

Benefits:
Supports immune system health
Vitamin D is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play crucial roles in mood and cognitive function
May help reduce risk of certain cancers, heart disease, depression & Alzheimer's disease
Common reasons for taking:
Insufficient sun exposure
Vegetarian or vegan diet
Older age
Sources:
(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
(National Institutes of Health)
Side effects and precautions:
Excessive intake may lead to hypercalcemia
May interact with certain medications, such as steroids and weight-loss drugs

Magnesium Glycinate

Benefits:
Supports muscle and nerve function
May help reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia
Promotes heart health
Common reasons for taking:
Magnesium deficiency
Difficulty sleeping
Muscle cramps or twitches
Sources:
(National Institutes of Health)
Side effects and precautions:
May cause digestive issues, such as diarrhea, in high doses
May interact with antibiotics, diuretics, and proton pump inhibitors

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Benefits:
May improve cognitive function and memory
Supports nervous system health
May help alleviate mild symptoms of anxiety and depression
Common reasons for taking:
Age-related cognitive decline
Mild anxiety or depression
Sources:
(Journal of Restorative Medicine, 2017)
Side effects and precautions:
Generally well-tolerated, but may cause digestive discomfort in some people
May interact with anticoagulant and anti-platelet drugs

L-Theanine

Benefits:
Promotes relaxation without drowsiness
May improve focus and attention
May help reduce stress and anxiety
Common reasons for taking:
Stress and anxiety
Difficulty focusing or concentrating
Sources:
(Psychology Today)
Side effects and precautions:
Generally well-tolerated, but may cause headaches or digestive issues in some people
May interact with medications for high blood pressure

Ashwagandha

Benefits:
May help reduce stress and anxiety
May improve brain function, including memory
May lower blood sugar and fat levels
Common reasons for taking:
Chronic stress
Anxiety
High blood sugar or cholesterol
Sources:
(WebMD)
Side effects and precautions:
May cause digestive issues, headaches, or drowsiness in some people
May interact with medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and thyroid disorders

Rhodiola Root

Benefits:
May help reduce fatigue and improve energy levels
May alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety
May improve brain function and reduce mental fatigue
Common reasons for taking:
Fatigue or low energy
Mild to moderate depression
Stress and anxiety
Sources:
Side effects and precautions:
May cause dizziness, dry mouth, or insomnia in some people
May interact with medications for diabetes and depression

Gamer Supps Drink Powder

(90mg caffeine per serving, caffeine free also available)

Ingredients and Benefits:
Vitamin C: Aids immune system, lowers blood pressure, protects against chronic disease
Vitamin D3: Regulates absorption of calcium and phosphorus, facilitates normal immune system function
Vitamin B6: Necessary for brain function and creation of red blood cells, may improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression, may promote brain health and reduce Alzheimer's risk, may prevent clogged arteries and reduce heart disease risk
Vitamin B12: Crucial in metabolism of every cell, may improve mood and symptoms of depression, may benefit brain by preventing loss of neurons
Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Supports growth and strength of hair, skin, and nails
Caffeine: Naturally derived from non-GMO coffee beans, provides energy and alertness
L-Theanine: Amino acid found in tea and green tea leaves, works with caffeine to prevent crash or jitters, reduces anxiety
Lutein: Important for protection and health of eyes, especially when staring at digital screens
Astaxanthin: Carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties, protects cells from free radicals and oxidative stress
Potassium: Required for keeping heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissue, and other important organ systems in good condition, optimizes hydration
CoQ10: Beneficial for blood pressure and general heart health
Acai Berry Extract: Loaded with antioxidants, may improve cholesterol levels, boost brain function, and have anti-cancer effect
Goji Berry Extract: Eye and skin antioxidant, may regulate blood pressure, lower blood sugar, improve sugar tolerance, alleviate insulin resistance, and increase life expectancy
Ginseng Root Extract: Cognitive enhancement, anti-inflammatory benefits, lowers blood sugar, and flu prevention
Mangosteen Fruit Extract: Fights free radicals and cancer-causing agents, has anti-inflammatory agents, combats allergens, helps digestion and prevents acne
Erythritol (Sweetener): Non-GMO sugar alcohol with no impact on blood sugar, no insulin response, and 0 on the GI index, keto and diabetic friendly

5-HTP

Benefits:
May help improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression
May promote better sleep
May help reduce anxiety and stress
Common reasons for taking:
Mood disorders, such as depression
Insomnia or sleep disturbances
Anxiety and stress
Sources:
(Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 2012)
Side effects and precautions:
May cause digestive issues, such as nausea and diarrhea
Should not be taken with antidepressants or other medications that affect serotonin levels, as it may lead to serotonin syndrome

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