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Want a Better Brain? Give it Better Fuel

Virtual Brain

For the next couple of weeks we’re going to focus on a topic that often gets overlooked in nootropics: Your body. Why your body? Isn’t this about nootropics, things that enhance your mind? Absolutely, and that’s not going to change. But the nootropic stackers out there, especially newer ones, need to hear this: You can’t cheat nature.

Selank vs. Semax – A Comparison

Selank and Semax are psychoactive peptides developed by the Russian Institute of Molecular Genetics in the 1980s. The Soviet Union prioritized ‘catch all’ nootropic research, and these drugs were designed to improve a broad range of neurological conditions. Semax is a nootropic and neuroprotective compound. It stimulates the central nervous system and improves mental acuity, memory, and physical performance; the effects of this compound resemble noopept, another Russian nootropic developed for the same benefits. The stimulation of Semax use is mild and does not usually come with the jitters of stronger stimulants such as ephedrine. Semax’s cognate Selank is a non-sedating
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TruBrain-Think Drinks

Trubrain Think Drinks

Mark Pierson is a Senior Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s of Science degree in clinical psychology TruBrain think drinks are liquid nootropics developed by neuroscientists trained at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). These drinks were developed to solve the problem that ‘typical’ energy drinks do not enhance focus. TruBrain think drinks come in thin, eco-friendly, recyclable cardboard packaging that has a reported 92% reduction in waste compared to plastic containers according to their website. This is a unique aspect of truBrain think drinks, because most nootropics come in tablet form within a plastic bottle
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Are Binaural Beats Really Effective Or Are They Snake Oil?

Binaural and Interaural Graph

Okay, there’s sort of an astonishing lack of science among both believers and disbelievers in binaural beats. I’m hoping to clear some of that up.   1. Binaural beats purportedly work through cognitive entrainment. They can affect dopamine levels in the brain. People with already high dopamine levels will be slowed down by alpha and gamma binaural beats, while people with low dopamine levels benefitted in terms of cognitive thinking. So, for some people binaural beats will be beneficial, and for others it will be neutral or potentially disruptive. It’s worth noting that this study estimated dopamine levels through spontaneous
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Naturamin – Brain Booster

Naturamin Brain Booster

Mark Pierson is a Senior Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s of Science degree in clinical psychology   Brain Booster is a premixed dietary supplement that is formulated by Naturamin to naturally enhance cognition. Their website advertises Brain Booster as a nootropic that increases the brain’s ability to learn, remember, and focus. Given these claims, I was excited to give Brain Booster a try and test these assertions. I decided to take Naturamin’s recommended dose of Brain Booster (i.e., two tablets equal to roughly two grams) per day over the course of a week in order to
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Smart Drugs For College’s Thoughts On NSI-189

This piece comes to us from our friends at Smart Drugs For College – Stephen reached out to us and asked how he could contribute and help out since we’ve been very busy. I asked him to look into neuron generation and get back to us with what he found that that would be great. Here’s what he had to say, and please note that this does not necessarily represent Smarter Nootropics’ views on the subject.   NSI 189 – By Stephen McLaughlin When it comes to the matters pertaining to the functioning of the human brain, some amount of
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Tinkering with the Biosphere (The World of DIY Biohacking)

Open Wetlab

By: Gareth Branwyn You’re likely already familiar with the idea of the hackerspace, local do-it-yourself (and do-it-with-others) “clubs” that have sprung up in many places around the world. But did you know that there are such spaces exclusively dedicated to citizen science and biotechnology hacking? We thought it would be fun to look at a few of these exciting citizen science labs and some of the more promising projects that they’re incubating.   BioCurious ( — One of the first such biology-focused hackerspaces is Sunnyvale California’s BioCurious. One of the first big projects developed by founding members of the space
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Chaos Addiction

Chaos Addiction

We haven’t been able to write much lately, so we’ve been putting together some contributions from our friends that we think will be interesting to our readers. We receive a lot of emails about advice regarding substance abuse and addiction and hope to help people develop better habits, choose healthy supplements to get back on track, and to help repair damage to neurons. This article comes to us from Laura Barker and we hope that some of our readers will find it useful. It’s not about Nootropics per-se, but we hope that it’ll be of interest to our readers. The Link
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Hyperion Strength Guest Post – Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 Deficiency

Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Cognitive Health This is a guest post from Mansal Denton, the founder of Hyperion Strength, which is a platform to optimize mental and physical performance. When he isn’t obsessing over creatine, you can find him doing Acro yoga or exploring consciousness. Despite the importance, more people are deficient in vitamin D than any other nutrient (magnesium is a close second). The rich world rarely has to worry about vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but geography and diet often spell disaster. If you are not living near the equator (between the 37th parallels), spending 20 – 30 minutes outside per day, or eating copious quantities of dairy, eggs, and fish, you
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