I’m trying out some different supplements in an attempt to hack my motivation and mood, and also, my mitochondria. One thing that is good for eradicating the effects of oxidative stress on mitochondria is Indian Gooseberry, more commonly known in herbal circles as Amla or Amalaki. Amla is also incredibly good for your skin and hair, and contains a boatload of Vitamin C, so it also provides immune system support. It also purifies blood, is anti-inflammatory, and apparently lowers the bad cholesterol, raises the good cholesterol, and evens out blood glucose levels. Amla has deep spiritual roots, and is featured prominently in key Hindu and Buddhist texts, in case you were wondering.
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Back to the mitochondrial front: I’m trying out Nicotinamide Riboside for mitochondrial support and health. I first heard about it on Rogan’s podcast with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, and have been researching it since then. If you are interested in why the hell I care about mitochondria, I HIGHLY recommend this Rogan episode.
In nootropic news, I’m stacking Aniracetam and Phenylpiracetam together with my standard psych meds and experiencing no contraindications or side effects from doing so. Aniracetam adds focus, calming, verbal fluency. Phenylpiracetam is a kick for motivation (it also is reported to suppress appetite but I have none anyway so it’s hard to tell). Basically, they took these rats and gave a third of them amphetamine (aka Adderall), a third methylphenidate (Ritalin), and a third got Phenylpiracetam. The Adderall rats did 150 percent of their usual work, and ate about 50 percent of what they normally eat. The Ritalin rats did 175 percent of their usual work, and ate about the same amount as the Adderall rats. However, the Phenylpiracetam rats did something like 375 percent of their usual work and ate much less than either the Adderall or the Ritalin rats. So reading this, I’m thinking, this may work for motivation. And so far, it does give me a little kick – I don’t mean I feel speedy, I mean it gives me a kick in the ass to get going on things, which I dearly need in the depressed state I am in. It would be interesting to see how these things worked without the weight of heartbreak to make their work more difficult. But then, I’m sure EVERYTHING would be more fucking interesting without the heartbreak. That’s pretty much a given.
Oh, a couple other neat things about Phenylpiracetam: Like its relative Aniracetam, it has an anti-anxiety effect, and it is ALSO purported to have an anti-psychotic effect, which you probably don’t care about but is very interesting to me, seeing as how I have those sorts of concerns.
Anyway – as far as recommendations go: I will have to see what effect the Nicotinamide Riboside has on my metabolism before I can say much about it. A lot of what it does will be unseen by me, but an increase in my metabolism and a “youthening” as one doctor put it are supposed to occur, if my mitochondria were in bad shape prior to taking this.
As far as the Amla goes, it’s supposed to make my hair thicker, and I think it is doing that a little bit though I’d imagine it would take a few months to really see results. (Amla is also purported to stave off prematurely greying hair). The Burdock Root works like gangbusters at clearing up skin, I know this for sure. A few days of two capsules a day and any breakout issues I had from hormones had cleared up. And the Phenylpiracetam is definitely something I would recommend, as it does make a difference.
Next on my shortlist is Pterostilbene (to support the Nicotinamide Riboside) and Oxiracetam, which is supposed to not only support cognition and focus but also enhance the sensory experience and freeform thinking/creativity. Also, some Choline, because the racetams utilize the fuck out of it. So yeah – I will be reporting on those in a similarly dry fashion when I get them and have a chance to try ’em out.