Racetams: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Take Them

Racetams are great study aids
Racetams are great study aids

Racetams are derived from piracetam and are the most popular class of cognitive supplement. Because they are derivatives of piracetam, you might expect them to work in the same way, their only difference being their levels of potency in enhancing cognition.

However, it turns out that each offers its own unique range of benefits.

Piracetam

Originally intended to act as a calming agent like GABA, the neurotransmitter it was derived from, piracetam had no effect on relaxation nor did it induce sleepiness. Instead researchers discovered piracetam’s promise as a cognitive agent.
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Rhodiola for Relaxation

 

Rhodiola rosea can help you manage your stress
Rhodiola rosea can help you manage your stress

As a student, long days and nights lead to long weeks that don’t seem to end. If you’re not careful, the well of energy begins to run dry and before long you start to feel like you’re completely worn down and stressed out.

What do you do when it’s the middle of the semester, you’re tired of taking caffeine supplements, and you can’t seem to push on any longer? Sure, it would be nice to take a sabbatical and sleep for three days straight or tell professors to give you indefinite extensions on all your work, but that’s not likely to happen.
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Modafinil Alternatives

What is Modafinil?

modafinil alternativesModafinil has received a lot of press recently. From Silicon Valley to college campuses, Modafinil is often regarded as a real-life version of the drug NZT-48 that Bradley Cooper’s character takes in the movie Limitless.

However, like the drug in Limitless, modafinil comes with its own set of drawbacks. Luckily, there are a few natural alternatives to modafinil that could give you the mental boost you need without the nasty side-effects.
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Need Stress Relief? Try Theanine and Rhodiola

Do you use coffee to propel your day? If so, there’s also a good chance that you’re under a lot of stress. Did you know that, despite providing caffeine for energy, coffee boosts levels of stress hormones in your body?

These hormones can make you feel more strained than you did before and leave you feeling wired and worn out after you wrap up the day. Thankfully, just because you’re under stress doesn’t mean you have to drop your coffee.

In fact, you can still get all the benefits of caffeine and a dose of relaxation as well by adding either L-theanine supplement or rhodiola rosea powder into your daily routine.

L-theanine and rhodiola rosea can take you to the next level by giving you a boost in focus and energy while smoothing over stress and helping you relax.
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The Winter Blues: Stop Colds in Their Tracks with Vitamin C

vitamin c helps fight coldsVitamin C, known as L-Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbate, is an essential nutrient to the human body that can only be obtained through food consumption or supplementation. It is a water-soluble nutrient that supports normal growth and development as well as aiding your body in the absorption of iron.

With cold and flu season around the corner, you are sure to see a plethora of ads for Vitamin C, but can it really help you avoid colds? What other benefits does Vitamin C afford you? Read on to discover common sources of Vitamin C and how it can boost your health in many ways.
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Learn to Combat Nervousness in Social and Public Situations

how to fight nervousness in publicIf you suffer from nervousness in social settings, while speaking in public, or when hanging out with a group of people, those situations can feel like a natural disaster. Nature has played a sick joke when it comes to nervousness by making it cyclical. You may get nervous about getting nervous in public before the original problem even has a chance to surface.

There are tricks that public speakers can use to keep from getting nervous, like the old “picture everyone naked” joke. However, tricks like that are given with the assumption that you even make it in front of a crowd in the first place. Even if you don’t get crippling stage fright, the anticipation leading up to you being on stage can be the worst part. The truth is that you can overcome stage fright and social stress with the help of some supplements, and you can overcome it pretty easily and be the calm, smooth-talking person you want to be.
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Is Tea an Effective Way to Reduce Stress Levels?

tea as a stress reducerThere is no shortage of stressors in the world today. Professionally, everyone is pushed to do more in the same amount of time and personal conditions aren’t much different.

The unfortunate thing about stress is that it compounds with stress begetting even more stress. The cycle can be difficult to break, especially if you don’t have a plan for stress management.

There are many ways to manage stress. While it’s often recommended that you get enough exercise or take more breaks, supplements are often overlooked as a way to moderate stress levels. Stress can be reduced with basic, easily-available supplements too.

In fact, research shows that supplementing with something you probably already have in your kitchen can help lower stress levels. What is this magical stress buster? Tea.
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Run Ragged at Work or School? Tips to Improve your Sleep!

supplements to improve sleepLack of sleep or insomnia can be caused by a number of factors and have drastic effects on energy, mood, health, and general ability to perform tasks during the day. Between work, school, and a social life, it is next to impossible to find time to wind down and relax. And what little sleep you actually can get is often not very restful. Luckily, there are some supplements that can help improve your sleep and keep you in fighting shape.

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Easy Mood Fixes

ways to boost moodAnyone who is suffering from a poor mood knows that it cannot be beaten simply from sheer willpower. To solve this mood problem, you could use some mood boosters, or some interesting tricks and techniques. These techniques become like a positive feedback loop, making it easier to continue improving one’s mood and outlook on things.

Change Your Focus:

Find something that you do on a regular basis and then just simply change your focus. A good example is going on a run or walk. Instead of allowing your mind to wander and think about problems, stresses, and other issues, focus on some task. This focus could be as simple as listening to the sound made by your feet as they hit the pavement. Or, count the number of people you pass. The idea to focus the mind on something not related to problems. It is called mindful engagement and can work wonders for improving the mood.

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How the Male and Female Brains Differ in Stress Response

stress and the body's responseResearch published by the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) suggests that men and women deal with stress in different ways. Because of this difference in coping, men and women can experience different health issues as a result of stress. These health issues can pose a real threat, and thus it is important to minimize stressors. However, in a society focused on end results and productivity, avoiding stressors is not likely. Fortunately, there are natural ways to help manage the strain.

UPenn researchers state that “In men, it was found that stress was associated with increased CBF in the right prefrontal cortex and CBF reduction in the left orbitofrontal cortex. In women, the limbic system – a part of the brain primarily involved in emotion – was activated when they were under stress.” Fancy talk, right? What the researchers found is that Continue reading “How the Male and Female Brains Differ in Stress Response”