6 supplements to boost brainpower
Achieving excellence is big business. Muscleheads have made training supplements a multi-million pound industry. Now, as seeking a mental bulk-up becomes as desirable as a bicep pump, the market is seeing supps for the brain flood the shelves. The science is solid: a multitude of studies proving the efficacy of these drugs has landed. From better memory recall to instant focus and even a boosted mood, the answer, it is claimed, lies inside a bottle.
Fresh research has even linked these pills to wiping out stress. But, as ever, there's a catch: America leads this nascent field and the prices are unapologetically supersized. The gap in the market is quickly being filled with promotional bluster and eye-wateringly expensive packages. But if you’re smart (and you will be) you can shop around and reap the same benefits without taking a hit in the wallet.
For the most part, the costly smart drugs filling online baskets in the US are just clever combos of targeted amino acids, mixed with the right stimulants and anti-inflammatories, all available at a fraction of the cost. With the right knowhow, constructing the same mind stacks yourself is elementary. Here, then, is your homework: find your perfect combo and bait WADA before your next day at the office.
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The study-backed duos to drop that’ll supercharge your brain and save your wallet.
Bacopa monnieri £3 100g realfoods.co.uk
Oxiracetam £10 10g intellimeds.co.uk
Play the long game and safeguard your brain against old age with Oxiracetam, which increases brain activation, and Bacopa monnieri, which improves your ability to retain data in both short and long-term memory.
Magnesium £10 250mg hollandandbarrett.com
Tyrosine £5 500mg hollandandbarrett.com
Leave work stress at the door by popping a couple as you leave the office. The tyrosine will bring you back from the edge, calming anxiety, while magnesium helps boost dopamine to ensure you’re in a good mood by the time you get home.
Caffeine £4 48 tablets boots.com
L-theanine £17 100g myprotein.com
Take these the morning before a big meeting. Caffeine will sharpen the mind while L-theanine dampens the ‘fight or flight’ reflex to keep you calm under questioning from your boss.
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