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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Venus on May 1st, 2014, 12:02 pm 

I would warn people against chewing betel nuts because chewing it is carcinogenic.
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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Paradox on May 1st, 2014, 4:50 pm 

neuro » May 1st, 2014, 11:58 am wrote:just to continue on the pedantic line...

Betel nut contains arecoline which is a muscarinic (acetylcholine) agonist, with parasympathetic and CSN stimulant activity.
So it has nothing to do with caffeine.
As far as I know, though I did never try it, betel nut makes your teeth black and your saliva red (due to its richness in tannines),,,


Thank you Neuro for clarifying that for Leo.
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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Paradox on May 1st, 2014, 5:08 pm 

Why are some persons looking for a drug solution to improve memory/ concentration/ intelligence? There is none. One only have to study hard and maintain a healthy body.


Unfortunately, we are a pill society thanks to modern pharmacology. Some of us have bought in to the era of finding a cure in a pill, because it is more convenient than going through the trouble of eating the right foods. For example, you can either eat rabbit food to control cholesterol or you can take the silver bullet Lipitor or Crestor to control cholesterol and eat what you like. One must try to eat healthily, however eating is one of my top ten things I enjoy out of life. Why is it that all the artery clogging food taste so good and the healthy stuff is, hmmm, so-so. Ask any chef; deep fried foods taste better than say baked or boiled. So I believe the idea is “moderation.”

As far as going natural way, the #1 preventive measure you can take for your health besides eating the right food is exercise hands down.

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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Obvious Leo on May 1st, 2014, 5:33 pm 

Paradox wrote:Thank you Neuro for clarifying that for Leo.


I stand corrected and likewise thank Neuro for the clarification. Venus' point is also pertinent because I believe cancers as a result of betel chewing are quite a significant problem in parts of the Papua-New Guinea highlands. However to try it once to see what all the fuss is about is unlikely to be too hazardous. You'd probably be disinclined to do it again.

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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Paradox on May 1st, 2014, 5:52 pm 

I tried Betel nut in Guam once or twice. It really was nothing to talk about. I got some stimulation, so I assumed it was caffeine which is prevalent in many plant species. However, it didn’t have the kick like a nice cup of primo Kenyan or Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. I mentioned those two because their flavor is so exquisite. Like half coffee, half chocolate.

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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Paradox on May 30th, 2014, 12:57 pm 

Ginseng is regarded as an adaptogen, which means it adapts to fix what is out of balance in your body. It is quite remarkable in its action. I have noticed added energy and balance after its use. However, it appears that it and the other supplements like Stem Enhance that I mentioned above are always costly. For example, 5 dried Ginseng roots cost about $300. BTW if you go for Ginseng get the best which is Red Ginseng from Korea. Wisconsin Ginseng is touted as very good too. If you want to make extra money, go Ginseng hunting. It is literally worth its weight in gold. There are many websites that show you where to find it and identify it. Good Luck, Its quite rare to find wild.

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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby Watson on August 30th, 2014, 6:37 pm 

Natural ChemE » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:24 pm wrote:Like many of the folks on this forum, I make a living off of my brain chugging along. The faster it chugs, the more money I make and the more time I have for, well, living. So, I'm interested in supplements which might help.

Most of the supplements that I already know about are simple stimulants, my first one being Mountain Dew and my favorite being Five Hour Energy. Never did acquire a taste for coffee.

Does anyone know of any legal supplements which might reasonably be perceived as promoting mental activity? In addition to proven supplements, I'd appreciate leads on supplements which might be reasonably suspected to have some positive effect. This would include supplements which aid in memory, learning, clarity, or even just staying awake for an all-nighter.


I was going to post a question about Prevagen, but not wanting to repeat it I found this thread. This drug/supplement claims to do all the things requested of in the OP. We get an infommercial every weekend and it sounds so good I must have it. But I thought I would check it out before I try it. I already found I can get it $40 on the internet as opposed to the $60, buy 4 and get 2 free on the radio. Or, $40 each, Funny how that works.
The question is, is it even worth the $40. There is also a BrainAlert claiming to be even better than Prevagen. If it does half what it claim the I'd be willing to try it. Has anything changed since the original post 2011. Looks like prevagen was just being introduced about that time.

http://www.isthmus.com/isthmus/article. ... icle=41552
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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby tantric on February 12th, 2016, 8:09 am 

I'm a psychonaut, a connoisseur of exotic mild altering substances. I've tried methylphenidate, d-methamphetamine, piracetam and modafinil for cognitive enhancement. No effect from the 'rams, but the others work to an extent. Meth makes you think you're smarter, but personally, I just ended up porn surfing and wanking for hours. I like methylphenidate for studying and knowledge retention - you can sit and avidly read text book then remember it the next day...after you crash and sleep 12hrs. Understand that pharmacologically, it's a long acting milder version of cocaine. Modafinil is a wonder - it's like having a turbo button on your brain. You can sit and code and do logic for hours with absolute focus, but when lunch comes around, you just switch it off and go hang and eat. Modafinil is Schedule IV in the US, meaning you need a prescription, but Adrafinil, a prodrug your body transforms into Modafinil, is uncontrolled. The various 'ram drugs are uncontrolled, amphetamines and methylphenidate are tightly controlled (and easier to buy than beer in most places). There are new analogs of Modafinil and methylphenidate being sold uncontrolled on the internet, too - hopefully you'll leave that kind of stupidity to certified nuts, comme moi.

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Effects of modafinil on attention performance, short-term memory and executive function in university students: a randomized trial
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Re: Mind-Enhancing Supplements

Postby moranity on February 12th, 2016, 8:14 am 

jogging, or other cardiovascular exercise, is, it seems from research, by far the best way to enhance brain function. It increases all sorts
Neurobiological effects of physical exercise
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