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3 Smart Drugs To Boost Your Energy And Concentration

3 Smart Drugs To Boost Your Energy And Concentration

There’s a large and growing market for products that help us get more done. Energy drinks have grown from being a niche product, to one of the fastest-growing segments of the beverage industry. Today, we’ve moved from buying fewer sodas and more to energy drinks.

We’ve also increased our consumption of specialty teas, mushroom coffee, MCT Oil, and other beverages which help us concentrate and check more off our to-do lists.

Among these pick-me-uppers is a category of lifestyle drugs called nootropics or “smart drugs.” Most come in powders and pill form. Nootropics improve memory, creativity, executive function (self-control), motivation and all things cognitive. 

The term nootropics might be new to you, but chances are – you’ve been chugging some form of it for years. Whether it’s in coffee, tea, or energy drinks, roughly 85% of us start our day with the most popular nootropic of all—caffeine.

Now, we’re looking beyond caffeine to more cutting-edge nootropics. There’s now a long list of these “smart drugs” that come in higher dosage to pump you with cognitive superpowers.


PLEASE NOTE: Nootropics are NOT safe for many users, especially pregnant women, young adults, and anyone with an underlying health condition.

If you decide to try a nootropic, please do your research. Read customer reviews and shop at reputable outlets, e.g. your local drugstore and Amazon. Definitely also speak to your doctor, if you’re taking other medication.

As always: keep an eye out for side effects, and discontinue any nootropics immediately. 


With that said, let me share the 3 nootropics I’m really excited about.

 

1. Adrafinil

Initially launched by a French manufacturer, Adrafinil is now sold as an unregulated nootropic supplement in countries around the world. It’s easy to find, and if you read many of the Adrafinil reviews out there, it’s also akin to a wonder drug.

Adrafinil converts to Modafinil in the body and promotes a state of wakefulness; designed to assist those who struggle to stay awake because of stress, career and fatigue. It also helps those suffering from disorders such as narcolepsy.

Side effects include serious heart issues and considerable liver damage when used for prolonged periods of time. Studies have suggested the level of liver damage is similar to Acetaminophen, a.k.a. Panadol and Tylenol.


2. Acetyl-L-Carnitine

This amino acid promotes a healthy mood, enhances learning and memory. It has been shown to support muscle recovery, anxiety, sleep and physical energy.

Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC or ALCAR) fuels energy production in your cells and supports nerve function. It supplies the acetyl group for burning fats in your mitochondria (fatty acid oxidation) and producing acetylcholine [1, 2].

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We typically get L-carnitine from meat and other animal foods. And because vegetarians consume less carnitine from the foods they eat, taking this supplement can be beneficial to them.

Side effects include stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting.


L-Theanine

L-theanine is an amino acid found most commonly in green and black tea. It’s also available in pill or tablet form at many drugstores. The most notable l-theanine benefits include boosting cognitive function, lower anxiety, and promoting healthy sleep. It can help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing effect, without drowsiness. Theanine may also have effects on the cardiovascular system and play a preventative role in cancer; however, limited clinical information is available to support these claims.

Side effects include nausea, dizziness, appetite loss and headaches.


 

With all this talk of safety, I want to share my favorite brands for these types of supplements: Thorne, Pure Encapsulation, and Now. These companies have established histories, and use only the safest premium ingredients.

However, it’s worth noting that their prices are premium too, especially Thorne and Pure Encapsulation. But I look at it like this: if I’m going to try something over-the-counter for these life-enhancing benefits, I want to minimize the risk. For anything that can affect my heart and other vital organs, I want to use the best and steer on the side of caution.

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