Nootropics for Better Cognition?


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Suzy Cohen MD just sent out an email touting these nootropics for better cognition. I haven't tried any of them. (She sells a supplement that includes them.)


  • Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
    The herb Lion’s Mane possesses well-known neuro-regenerative effects.* This means it helps promote the growth of nerve cells in your brain.*
  • Bacopa monnieri
    Bacopa exerts a strong protective effect on your brain because it inhibits the production of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine (a memory molecule).*
  • Gotu Kola
    Centella asiatica)Gotu kola supports neurotrophin secretion, specifically BDNF, which helps maintain brain integrity by increasing the growth of your neurons.* BDNF offsets mental fatigue.*
  • Phosphatidylserine
    Phosphatidylserine is a naturally-occurring amino acid in myelin and healthy neurons in every brain cell.* It helps make nerve impulses fire better across your synapse.*

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I have tried the oxiracetam and it did help temporarily with clear thinking and more ability to concentrate:

My cousin's an engineer and swears he can cure me of CFS using these :) He told me about his friend who cured Lyme's with it. If truth be told, Dr. Goldstein was probably the first to develop a method for using such things to rebalance the brain:


Dr. Goldstein

Those two links are not related.

The Oxi seems to work better for me than modafinil, which removes a lot of the heavy "can't move" feeling but then I get a migraine so it's two steps back.

If anyone knows of a practitioner who is using Dr. Goldstein's method, I'd like to know. I'm currently scheduled for the first of several Vitamin C treatments by IV. I'm planning my next move after that. Maybe I'll go hang out with my cousin for a while and let him try. He's one of those people who does the work of 20 people and if he gets tired, his response is to push harder. That said, he has no issues with sleep, he is very regimented. But I'm looking at all options.

PS didn't seem to have much effect, but it's notoriously easily degraded.

Gotu Kola has a weak but nice effect, now that I'm sick, I hardly notice the effects. I used it to study in college, though.

Never heard of the other two.

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