Saffron – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Saffron, the dried red stigmas of a small purple crocus is one of the most expensive and sought after spices in the world. For over 3000 years it’s been used mainly as a natural additive in cooking to enhance flavor, color, and aroma. The origin of Crocus sativus can be traced back to the Late Bronze Age …

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Methylene Blue – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Over the last few years, Methylene Blue’s popularity has exploded due to its promotion by popular biohackers and influential voices in the health and wellness space. Methylene blue has been used as an antiseptic and medication for various diseases since the 1800s. It also happens to be one of the most potent brain boosters in …

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Lion’s Mane – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Lion’s Mane – An Overview Lion’s Mane (scientific name Hericium erinaceus, also known as “yamabushitake”) is a medicinal mushroom with clinically proven nootropic powers. It is used for: Improved cognition Better mood Eliminating brain fog Neurogenesis Brain health and protection Lion’s Mane is one of the most powerful (possibly THE most powerful) natural supplements for …

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Celastrus Paniculatus – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

What Is Celastrus Paniculatus ‘Celastrus Paniculatus’ is a climbing shrub that stems up to 10 cm. This herb is dispersed throughout tropical and subtropical forests of the Himalayas, India. Traditionally, it is referred to as Jyotishmati, Malkangani, black oil plant, and the intellect tree. The seeds of Celastrus and the oil extracted from Malkangani flowers …

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Mucuna Pruriens (Magic Velvet Bean) – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Mucuna Pruriens is a natural nootropic with many mental and physical benefits. It does everything from boost dopamine to male sex hormones. The following article goes deep into the benefits of mucuna pruriens, who its good for, and how to best use it. History of Mucuna Pruriens As A Traditional Medicine Mucuna pruriens is native …

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Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

L-carnitine is a nutrient that the body needs in order to keep it functioning properly. In recent years, this amino acid has been promoted as an effective weight loss aid because of its ability to turn fat into energy and lower our levels of insulin – which can make you feel more comfortable about continuing …

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Reishi Mushroom – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Reishi Mushroom – An Overview Ganoderma lucidum, known as “reishi” in Japan and “lingzhi” in China, is one of the most commonly used medicinal mushrooms in the world. It may also have some notable nootropic benefits for cognition and mental health. Reishi is considered an adaptogen, helping the body and mind find equilibrium in difficult …

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Cordyceps Mushroom – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Cordyceps Mushroom – An Overview Cordyceps refers to a genus of 400+ parasitic mushrooms that grow on insect larvae, digesting them, and growing long sprouts that can be harvested. Despite the somewhat disgusting origins of these fungi, they may actually have some powerful nootropic and health benefits. And don’t worry, actually harvesting cordyceps from larvae …

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Chaga Mushrooms – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Chaga – An Overview The Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is a fungus that is commonly found on trees in Eastern and Northern Europe. Traditional folk medicine in these regions has used this mushroom to treat various conditions for centuries (if not millennia). Recently, holistic health practitioners and nootropics enthusiasts have started paying more attention to …

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3-oxypyridine – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

  3-oxypyridine is a synthetic compound that was developed in Russia for cognitive enhancement and protection. It’s also known by the names of its derivatives, which include emoxypine, Mexidol, or Mexifin. 3-oxypyridine – An Overview It may have nootropic benefits for: Depression Anxiety Neuroprotection Learning and memory It may also have a positive holistic effect …

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Sarcosine – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

Sarcosine – An Overview Sarcosine (N-methylglycine) is a precursor and derivative of the amino acid glycine. Physicians primarily prescribe sarcosine for treating schizophrenia, although it may also have some nootropic benefits for: Depression OCD Memory Neuroprotection Sarcosine works by activating the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor. Researchers believe that it achieves most of its therapeutic effects through …

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DMAE – Health benefits, side effects, how to use, and more!

DMAE – An Overview DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a naturally occurring amine in the human brain. Researchers believe it can modulate choline and possibly the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It’s effects on the cholinergic system may mean it has nootropic benefits for: Mood ADHD Neuroprotection Attention In theory, DMAE could be used to enhance learning and memory, as …

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