Bacopa Monnieri Benefits Those with Anxiety

Bacopa Monnieri
Bacopa Monnieri is a flowering plant.

Bacopa Monnieri is a nootropic herb that is known for its benefits as an anxiolytic.  It is highly ranked in Ayurvedic remedies, and is incredibly powerful when it comes to combating anxiety.

 

Bacopa Monnieri extract has even been shown to work better than traditional approaches to reducing anxiety because it increases cognition and alertness rather than reducing it [1].  Bacopa benefits people across a wide age range, and has been shown to increase memory as well as improve mood.

How Does Bacopa Monnieri Work?

 

The anti-anxiety effects of Bacopa are still being researched, but can be attributed to a combination of saponins in the herb and its ability to increase serotonin.  Saponins are chemical compounds that are part of a plant’s immune system.  When they are consumed by humans, they can have effects like anxiety reduction and improved mood [2].  The supplement helps to improve neural communication by helping nerve cells send out signals.  Basically, it helps your brain to have better control over its reactions, which helps to manage stress and anxiety faster.

 

Because Bacopa also causes an increase in serotonin production, it results in a surge of “feel-good” hormones that aid in anxiety reduction.  Bacopa Monnieri is a great option as an anxiolytic nootropic, and a powerful one at that, because it affects the mental condition and can improve not only mood, but memory and performance as well.

Bacopa Monnieri Benefits

 

Finding the correct Bacopa Monnieri dosage benefits those suffering from anxiety
This supplement can help relieve anxiety.

While Bacopa Monnieri is powerful as an anxiolytic, it truly is most effective because it is neither a stimulant nor a depressant.  While other supplements for anxiety may cause drowsiness or overstimulation, Bacopa does neither of these.

 

It will improve cognitive function rather than impairing it for the sake of reducing stress.  While Bacopa can act as a mental sedative, it won’t cause tiredness and will instead focus the mind.

 

Bacopa Monnieri is also an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage and preventing their breakdown.  This is just an added perk to the supplement that can effectively reduce anxiety without causing other negative mental side effects.

Bacopa Monnieri Dosage

 

Dosage will largely depend on the extract of Bacosides. For example, a formulation of 20% Bacosides will call for 750mg once per day. Dosage will also depend on the individual’s levels of stress an anxiety.  The supplement can be taken at any time since it won’t cause drowsiness or overstimulation meaning it won’t interfere with your sleep cycle.

The Bacopa supplement is best taken with food, and can be easily worked into a daily routine by having it with a meal.  In a very short time, adding this supplement every day can help reduce anxiety as well as provide more mental focus and an improved memory.

Sources

 

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23195757
  2. http://phoenixhealth.me/Botanical%20medicine/Bacopa%20for%20the%20Brain.pdf

Nootropics: Willpower and Determination

Today’s the day that you skip grabbing your usual bag of chips and finally get that diet kickstarted. Really. This time you’re serious. Well, maybe you’re actually staring at the empty bag crumpled on your couch, wondering how you finished the whole thing that fast (and resolving that tomorrow is the day you’ll really start).

It’s a lesson you’ll encounter again and again when you try to start a new habit or kick an old one: willpower is a tricky beast, and it isn’t always as easy as firmly making a decision and sticking to it. So what is it then, exactly? Why are people so bad at making a decision and sticking to it? Read on for some insights on how to get motivated, and an overview of key nootropics for motivation.

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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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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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Top Four Supplements to Boost Energy and Mood

how to relaxEveryone wants to feel better. In today’s hectic and fast paced life, we all want more energy and an improved mood.

The problem is that most of what is being touted as mood or energy enhancers is really anything but. If they even work at all, another problem is that they are not natural and can have harmful long-term effects.

The good news is that if you are actively looking for a solution to this problem, there are amino acids. Yes, amino acids are the supplements you learned about back in school as the building blocks of protein. Take a look at four of the most popular.
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Phenibut vs GABA

While Phenibut and GABA are different supplements, they are very closely related to one another. These two supplements are both used for effects that range from cognitive enhancement to stress reduction and even to relaxation. In fact, anyone who is looking to help improve or balance out their moods, or even improve their effectiveness in the gym might want to seriously consider these supplements. Of course, this raises the ultimate question: Which of these supplements is better?

GABA Benefits:

There are many positive side effects of gaba including boosting mood

GABA, or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is an amino acid which is produced within the brain from glutamate and vitamin B6. While GABA is consideredan amino acid, it is not found in the proteins of the food you eat or in your own body’s store. Almost all of the GABA in your body must be synthesized from stored glutamate. [3]

This supplement is also a neurotransmitter, a powerful brain chemical. In fact, it is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter within the body that allows for balancing out other chemicals and processes that may cause neuron over excitability. When your body lacks GABA, chances are the neurons in your brain will fire off too quickly which contrary to how it sounds, will keep you from focusing, cause anxiety, and worsen depression.[3]

The primary benefit of GABA is to help balance out normal moods. Additionally, it helps to directly regulate muscle tone throughout the body and even supports the production of hormones that are needed to build muscle. GABA also helps neurons within the brain communicate more efficiently with each other. It is also reported to help with mental clarity, attention, and focus. [3]

What is Phenibut?

Phenibut is essentially a derived formulation of GABA. It is GABA plus a phenyl group molecule ring. The reason for this addition is that it helps the supplement to cross over the blood-brain barrier. The main problem with pure GABA is the fact that it is much more difficult for it to cross over this barrier and actually enter into the central nervous system. [4]

Phenibut Benefits

Once Phenibut gets into the nervous system, it has many of the same effects as GABA. Thus, Phenibut helps to calm the mind and leads to relaxation, reduction of stress, and a balancing of moods. It has also been shown to increase the body’s levels of dopamine. [1]

There are many positive phenibut side effects including relaxation
Phenibut helps you relax and unwind.

The main draw of phenibut is its potency. The fact that it absorbs better than pure GABA means that the effects are much stronger and take significantly less time to notice. [4]

It is also worth noting that phenibut is a little more versatile in its uses than ordinary GABA boosters. In fact, many body builders and weight lifters use Phenibut powder as a pre-workout supplement because it helps them to maintain mental clarity and enhances concentration and focus during their workouts. [4]

GABA Side Effects

Both supplements do have possible side effects that can usually be avoided with proper usage. However, if you’re worried about possible complications, here is a side-by-side comparison to help you determine if either one has a negative effect that could be a deal breaker.

When it comes to GABA, there are a few things to keep in mind. Always keep to the recommended dose, for one. While not guaranteed, some reports have shown that high dosages can lead to skin flushing or tingling. [3]

More importantly however would be to avoid GABA if you suffer from serious depression. GABA is mainly used to calm down heavy anxiety, but may trigger an episode in those suffering from severe forms of depression. If you suffer from this type of depression, a serotonin booster may be more useful than a GABA booster. [3]

Phenibut Side Effects

Along with the side effects that a GABA booster may present, phenibut has been reported to be somewhat habit forming and can cause withdrawal symptoms in heavy users. This can include nervousness and shakiness, psychomotor agitation, feeling easily annoyed and irritated, fatigue, anxiety, poor appetite, heart palpitations, nausea, insomnia, and feeling tense. [4]

These effects can usually be avoided by taking a recommended dose or lower and not using it more than a few times a week at most. If you do experience these side effects they are usually reported as lasting 5-7 days. [4]

Conclusion—Phenibut or GABA?

So which supplement is better? Phenibut is certainly much more powerful and also faster acting. Since this supplement is better able to cross over the blood-brain barrier, this could be a very important factor. However, the possible side effects of misuse are also a little steeper.

In contrast, GABA is less potent and should probably be taken with other supplements to ensure that it has a ‘carrier’ in order to enable it to enter into the central nervous system.

There is no one best answer to this question, as there are numerous factors at play here and what works for some will not necessarily work for all. As long as you stick to recommended dosages and use caution, either supplement is a perfectly viable option. However, for combating pure anxiety, phenibut comes out ahead for its potency and versatility.

Sources

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761
  2. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/mar2011_The-Chemistry-of-Calm_01.htm
  3. http://overcomingyouranxiety.net/naturalanxietyremedies/gaba-for-anxiety/
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenibut

Critical Sleep Mistakes to Avoid

sleep mistakes to avoidSleeping seems to be on everyone’s mind right now. Unfortunately, current research published by The American Journal of Human Biology suggests that many people are committing a number of critical mistakes before or even during their sleep that can lead to sometimes harmful effects. Not only do you need to make sure to get enough sleep, but also to make sure that it is effective since the sleep process is critical for processing sugar, muscle growth and repair, healthy blood pressure levels, and much more. Be sure that you are not committing any of these sleep mistakes.

Raising Body Temperature:

In order to get to sleep most effectively, the internal body temperature must drop slightly. Unfortunately, many people engage in practices that can have the opposite effect. For example, taking a hot shower before going to sleep could mean that it takes a good 2 hours to fall asleep. Also, you should avoid working out or doing strenuous physical activity for at least 3 or 4 hours before sleeping. This waiting period is due to the fact that it can take a long time to cool down from exercise.
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