Our mission here at FOLS is to bring out the full potential of every man by giving them the tools necessary to perform at the highest level as fathers, businessmen, athletes, and even just as friends, boyfriends, husbands.
That’s why we will be dedicating this post to introducing the concept and simple applications of nootropics.
This movement, spearheaded mostly by Silicon Valley execs, aims to improve mental performance by the intake of supplements. The legality of this activity varies, with some people going to the extreme of taking small doses of LSD, called micro-dosing in Silicon Valley lingo, or full doses of prescription drugs such as Ritalin. This is something that we advise against and in this post, we will only be analyzing simple, easy, and legal “stacks” (the word used to describe the combination of supplement one takes).
L-theanine + caffeine: The classic beginner’s stack
This is the easiest stack to begin with for the simple reason that a lot of people already take the core of it: Caffeine. L-theanine is there simply to take the edge out of the caffeine and reduce anxiety so that you become more sociable, less irritable, and more productive.
L-theanine can be found naturally in green tea and has a relaxing effect. As you probably have guessed, it’s a low-risk supplement and can be used even if you’re not into caffeine.
Experts recommend that for every portion of caffeine, you should take 2 of l-theanine. This amounts to about 200mg for each cuppa you drink. This can come in the form of a powder or a capsule. If you would rather not take supplements, you could recreate this stack by simply having coffee and green tea.
Piracetam and Choline stack
Another popular stack consists of taking piracetam and choline. Once again, Piracetam will be responsible for the increased performance, whilst choline is there to take the edge off.
Piracetam is linked with better brain performance by stimulating the acetylcholine neurotransmitter. It is also said that piracetam improves the connection between the left and right side of the brain, stimulating creativity, though this has been contested. In fact, the whole left brain/right brain theory is not 100% accepted.
Choline is responsible for increasing the levels of Acetylcholine in the brain, which in turn stimulates the communication between neurons. For that reason, in order for your brain to better cope with the increased demands brought by taking piracetam, you should always take choline too.
You can also increase Acetylcholine levels naturally by eating certain foods and exercising, but this will never be as effective as simply taking the supplement.
The supplement is legal in most countries, with a few requiring a doctors prescription.
The recommended dose of Piracetam is of 1.5 grams at least twice a day and for choline, it starts at 250 mg a day. You should absolutely start with these doses and take note of how you react. Based on that you should then either increase or decrease your consumption of each. Note that brain fog and headaches are usually associated with too much piracetam and too little choline.
Of course, this stack is not void of critics, who have argued that it doesn’t work for everyone and have experienced headaches and migraines due to poor quality supplements.
Nootropics for the skin
Interestingly enough, as we approach our products as food for the skin, we have found that there supposedly are nootropic skin creams and gels in the market. The research on them is scarce and the buzz is that the benefits might be exaggerated. Some, like DMAE may even be harmful.
In this case, we follow one simple rule: If we don’t understand it, we don’t use it. It follows though, that when your skin absorbs our creams and gel, it takes all the benefits of the olives, aloe, shea butter, borage, sunflower, coconut, etc, that go into our products. Then, if not by the simple aromatherapy benefits, we are confident that the nutrients and ingredients we put will give you a brain boost.
And there you have it, two easy stacks to start improving your performance and consistency at work, sports, and life.
If you have any other stacks to recommend, please let us know in the comment box below!