Compared to your average person, I take an inordinate number of supplements: around two dozen pills a day. I’m not trying to extend my longevity. My main goal is the cognitive enhancement of my brain: to give my most valuable organ an abundance of the components that it needs to manufacture all the neurotransmitters that it needs to work its best. My stack of nootropics is quite modest compared to that of Ray Kurzweil who takes over 100 pills a day.
Many of these supplements may have no benefit, but some of them might be beneficial. I can only hope that none of them are harmful. I started taking a smaller version of this regimen over 5 years ago. While I’ve always been interested in exploring and expanding my cognition and consciousness, the book: “The Edge Effect” was the material that most directly influenced me to begin this habit. Watching my Grandfather die a horrible death of Alzheimer’s disease was another major motivating factor.
I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. I’ll give a brief synopsis of why I’m motivated to take each supplement, but I won’t do a full analysis of the potential benefits and risks. I’m just sharing my routine.
Fish oil 2G for Omega-3’s vast array of benefits.
Turmeric an anti-inflammatory & antioxidant.
L-tyrosine for cell signaling.
Alpha Lipoic Acid antioxidant cell protection.
b complex memory and cognition. (includes Vitamin C)
DL-Phenylalanine an amino acid building block for brain function.
Acetyl L-Carnitine for memory & male hormonal management.
Alpha GPC (GlyceroPhosphoCholine) for cognition, memory & learning.
Bacopa Monniera for cerebral blood flow.
Vinpocetine for brain blood flow and Alzheimer’s prevention.
Huperzine A for acetylcholine neurotransmitter.
Fish oil 2G
Ginkgo Biloba for neural blood flow, antioxidant, memory and cognition.
Stinging Nettle Root for male health.
5HTP for serotonin neurotransmitter and trippy dreams.
GABA suppressive and depressive.
Men’s Multivitamin in case my diet was lacking.
St. Johns Wort neurotransmitter reuptake inhibitor.
Phosphatidylserine to prevent cognitive decline.
Maca for stamina and focus.
Melatonin to support sleep. (note: having the screens and lighting reduce blue light around bedtime is also critical to encouraging natural development).
AREDS2 to stave off elevated macular degeneration risks discovered by 23&Me DNA testing.
I also accompany this with plenty of hydration, and regular physicals and bloodwork to make sure my kidneys & liver are able to process all of this.
Most supplements I source from Swanson Vitamins. I keep a basket containing one of each bottle, and an inventory of 2-4 extra bottles of each. I remind myself to fill up two weeks of pill organizers using a scheduled task in the Todoist App.
I have no certainty that any of this benefits me. I am unable to prove any efficacy of this regimen using a random double-blind controlled study. Subjectively, I don’t feel as sharp when I stop taking them, but that could just be an expression of my desire for the investment I put into this regimen to be beneficial: a manifestation of a placebo effect.
No supplement will compensate for a poor diet, lack of exercise or poor sleep hygiene, but there is a chance that they might give my brain some extra tools to have an advantage in life.