Mar 02, 2018

3 Ingredients For Everyday Brilliance

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Brain Supplement Ingredients – Part 1: Nootropics
Nootropics are supplements taken primarily for their effects on the brain. Generally, they are taken to increase cognition, focus, alertness, or to protect the same under stress. Take these effect claims in light of research precedents for individual ingredients or compounds. Often, nootropics are “stacked” with other things to make them more effective. For part one, let’s explore three popular nootropic ingredients in your brain supplements.

L-Tyrosine

What is it?
L-Tyrosine (not to be confused with Taurine) is an amino acid involved in the production of catecholamines such as dopamine and adrenaline – which get released in the bloodstream when a person is under physical or emotional stress. While its supplementation doesn’t seem to hold much promise to increase production directly, it is promising as a safety buffer to prevent depletion of these catecholamines.

Where is it found?
Tyrosine is found in dairy products, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oats, and wheat.

Things to note

“If you have a hyperactive thyroid, are on MAOIs, or you’re taking L-dopa, be careful with L-tyrosine. While there doesn’t look to be much solid data on interactions with L-tyrosine it could theoretically interact with these things.” – Gregory Lopez (editor at Examine.com)

Studied/observed effects

Tyrosine appears to effectively improve some level of cognition during acute stressors, as well as improve the perceptions of stress, preserved working memory, and sense of well-being. Various neurological implications include data about memory, attention, wakefulness, stress, and neural aging.

Acetyl L Carnitine (ALCAR)

What is it?
The Acety prefix indicates a different form of the same amino acid. It helps the body convert fat to energy, and it’s specially processed to be able to pass the blood-brain barrier. So what is L Carnitine? (not to be confused with Carnosine) This amino acid is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection.

Where is it found?
It is made in the body or consumed through food. The highest sources are beef and steak, although it is also found in chicken, fish, whole grains, and asparagus. The most abundant sources are animal-derived foods.

Things to note
This ingredient has been showed to have a mild stimulant effect – smaller than coffee.

Studied/observed effects
In humans, substantial evidence shows Carnitine notably reduces ammonia, increases sperm quality, and reduces symptoms of Claudication (leg cramps, usually during exercise). Some research suggests a notable reduction in the symptoms of autism, minor reduction of ADHD symptoms in children, and an increase in attention and cognition.

Alpha-GPC

What is it?
Alpha-GPC should not be confused with Choline, DMAE, or CDP-Choline. It is a choline-containing supplement appears to be more pharmacologically active at higher doses. Choline is a molecule used for cognitive boosting (as it can turn into acetylcholine – the learning transmitter) or liver health. It is also used to enhance power output in athletes.

Where is it found?
As with the previously featured ingredients, Alpha-GPC is found in eggs, meat (especially organ meats), poultry, and fish. Other sources include peanuts, dairy products, wheat germ, and Brassica vegetables.

Things to note
While other forms of choline result in perceived liver benefits, nootropic purposes may require more refined forms like Alpha-GPC.
It often used in conjunction with Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors when attempting to relieve Alzheimer’s symptoms.
It may be more effective when taken with dietary fatty acids for absorption.

Studied/observed effects
Using a single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies has shown a notable reduction of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Neurological data from its study has been gathered for attention, memory, and cognition, as well as treating Alzheimer’s, Ischemia, and Stroke.

Ageless Brilliance

Formulated to include each of these nootropic ingredients and much more, Ageless Brilliance has three additional nootropics: Bacopa Monnieri, Ginko Biloba, and Huperzine A. Every selected ingredient in the formula must be quality-sourced and high-efficacy. We care what’s in our supplements, just like our customers.

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Ageless Nutrition encourages all readers to do their own research too and consult with a physician before beginning any diet, supplement, or exercise plan.

Many of the links provided here lead to Examine.com. Among many excellent sources of supplement information – this one proves easy and accessible to recommend for consolidating and summarizing a lot of significant source documents and research (that are well-linked to.)

*Links to sources do not constitute endorsement of others’ conclusions, products/services, or ours. This information doesn’t constitute medical advice. We hope to jumpstart your own research. Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet, supplement, or exercise plan.

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