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stgermaine
07-01-2013, 04:39
Hi. I'm starting winter semester in a couple of days and wanted to get started on nootropics.

Right now, I'm almost finished with coffee and will be buying caffeine powder/pills rather than coffee.
My main trouble with focusing on my work is mostly disciplinary. I just need to keep myself in check and avoiding jacking around on the internet, so I'm going to not take any racetams until I can learn to study efficiently without any chemicals.

I've started exercising, and I feel like I have slightly more energy. Could be placebo, but anything helps at this point because I won't be sleeping more than five-six hours until mid-May.

I'm mostly looking for stimulants, things to keep me awake and alert.

I think I'll start off my day with a cup of green tea, with 100 grams of caffeine added in. I'll pack a travel mug with citron green tea with 100 mg of caffeine added in, to drink throughout the day until 2 PM, since I don't want to be up too late into the night.

Rhodiola rosea sounds good. It's a MAOI but since I'm only taking vitamin pills, ginkgo biloba, fish oil, and caffeine, I don't think I have to worry too much. I'll take a pill every morning (500 mg)

I'm not sure about l-theanine. It has mood-improving benefits as well as reducing some of the negative effects of caffeine. I don't feel any ill effects from caffeine, only when I take it too late in the day.

Thanks and have a nice day

baooozs
07-01-2013, 05:48
If your looking for a herbal nootropic gotu kola is the way to go, it enhances memory, cognition, focus, blood circulation, protects from neurodegeneration, and is an potent anticonvulsant.

It's also an anxiolytic, an anti depressant, and used in Thailand for opioid detoxification. Certainly my favorite supplement. It is also free of side effects.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centella_asiatica

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1110614

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18431001

http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC3359802/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20711371

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116297/




Evaluation of anxiolytic properties of Gotukola - (Centella asiatica) extracts and asiaticoside in rat behavioral models.

The ayurvedic medicinal plant Gotukola (Centella asiatica) was evaluated for its anxiolytic properties. Specifically, this study assessed the effects of: Gotukola plant materials of different genotypic origin; hexane, ethyl acetate and methanol extracts of Gotukola; and asiaticoside, a triterpenic compound isolated from Gotukola. Various paradigms were used to assess the anxiolytic activity, including the elevated plus maze (EPM), open field, social interaction, locomotor activity, punished drinking (Vogel) and novel cage tests. The EPM test revealed that Gotukola, its methanol and ethyl acetate extracts as well as the pure asiaticoside, imparted anxiolytic activity. Furthermore, the asiaticoside did not affect locomotor activity, suggesting these compounds do not have sedative effects in rodents.


[Effects of total triterpenes of Centella asiatica on the corticosterone levels in serum and contents of monoamine in depression rat brain]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible effect of antidepressant effect of total triterpentes of Centella asiatica. METHODS: The corticosterone levels in serum were measured by fluorescence spectroscopy. The contents of monoamine neurotransmitters and their metabolites in rats cortex, hippocamopus and thalamus were evaluated by using HPLC with electrochemical detector. RESULTS: Significant reduction of the corticosterone level in serum and increase of the contents of 5-HT, NE, DA and their metabolites 5-HIAA, MHPG in rat brain were observed. CONCLUSION: The antidepressant effect of total triterpenes of Centella asiatica may be involved in ameliorating the function of HPA axis and increasing the contents of monoamine neurotransmitters.