Nootropics are gaining a ton of popularity in the sports nutrition world. They stemmed from Silicon Valley. The reason they were “created” was to improve focus and brain function so these super smart people creating our cellphone software and apps, could keep creating and power through even the most stressful of times.
You probably have seen the move “Limitless” with Bradley Cooper, right? (Editor Note: if you haven’t, you need too!) In this movie Bradley takes a “limitless” pill which improves his brain function allowing him to use more than 20% of his brain. Nootropics are similar, but they don’t provide quite the effect that Bradley Cooper gets in the movie. Even though you don’t get quite the same effect, you get an effect, and it is awesome.
The Genius Brand Genius Consciousness is a supplement from a reputable brand that makes solid products. The product is designed to boost energy and improve brain function. Let’s take a look at why this works so well.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) – 1g
L-Carnitine has been discussed as a potential fat burner in supplements for many years. L-Carnitine is actually better suited for energy production as it moves fatty lipid acids in your body to be burned off as energy. One of the main benefits of L-Carnitine is that it can actually help improve blood flow to the brain, thus leading to improved memory and decreased depression.
In one study on rodents, ALCAR was given to elderly rodents and the results showed that supplementing with ALCAR can actually lead to partial reversed age-associated mitochondrial structural decay.
We typically want to see this dosed at 1,500-2g per day for improved memory function.
Lion’s Mane – 1g
We’ve covered Lion’s Mane quite a bit on The Genius Brand products. Lion’s Mane is NOT actual hair from a lion. It is a mushroom. Lion’s Mane is used for boosting cognitive function. According to the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Lion’s Mane increases nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in the brain – enhanced neuronal growth, regeneration and synaptic plasticity. The standard dosage of Lion’s Mane is 1g up to 3x daily.
AlphaSize Alpha GPC – 600mg
Alpha-GPC is a powerful form of choline that boosts brain function. Alpha-GPC seems to increase a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. This brain chemical is important for memory and learning functions.Although human studies were not significant, groups who supplemented with Alpha-GPC over caffeine or a placebo performed better on a variety of tests. The Alpha-GPC group was given either 200mg or 400mg. However, in studies with rodents, it was determined that Alpha-GPC does improve brain function at 600mg.
Typical dosage of Alpha-GPC is 300mg-600mg. The Genius Brand Genius Consciousness is dosed at 600mg yielding 50% Alpha-GPC thus resulting in 300mg.
L-Tyrosine – 500mg
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that can prevent cognitive decline due to stressors. It produces noradrenaline and dopamine; which can decrease stress levels, boost mood and improve memory and brain function. The typical dosage of L-Tyrosine is 500mg to 2,00mg taken approximately 60 minutes before a stressor (like exercise) but can be taken at anytime to help with stress and memory.
Dynamine – 125mg
Dynamine (Methylliberine) is a natural energy supplement from Compound Solutions that may amplify feelings of energy, mood and focus by activating dopamine receptors and other key neurotransmitters, without raising heart rate or blood pressure. Dynamine is very similar to TeaCrine. The difference between Dynamine and TeaCrine is the effects of Dynamine spike approximately 30-minutes after ingestion. TeaCrine can take up to an hour to spike.
Dynamine pairs well with caffeine to provide increased focus and alertness. The recommended dosage of Dynamine is 100mg in pre-workouts (GRAS data is 104mg). If you’re using Dynamine 40%, like we have here, you’d want 250mg. We get 50mg of Dynamine, which in a nootropic-like supplement can be just fine since you are not looking for hard-hitting energy. The ratio of Dynamine and Caffeine is the ratio recommended by Compound Solutions.
Caffeine – 100mg
Caffeine is used in this not-so-much for energy production, but as a stimulant to stimulate your central nervous system to provide an increased sense of alertness. It also pairs very well with Dynamine. Compound Solutions says that 200mg of Caffeine is best with 100mg of Dynamine. In this case, we get 100mg Caffeine with 50mg of Dynamine, the ratio is consistent.
SerinAid – 100mg
SerinAid Phosphatidylserine (PS) is an efficacious nutrient that can help maintain and improve mental performance – memory, learning, concentration, focus, recall – and help improve mood and reduce stress. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that SerinAid PS can significantly help maintain and improve mental performance, can help improve mood, and can make a valuable contribution to lowering both physical and psychological stress. Per the manufacture of this ingredient, SerinAid can also:
- Prevention of memory loss, especially age-related cognitive decline.
- Reduction of elevated cortisol levels and reduction of stress.
- Improvement in athletic activities including running, weightlifting, and golf.
- Helps reduce fatigue, reduces muscle soreness, and hastens recovery, in active and athletic individuals.
The standard dosage of Phosphatidylserine is 100mg taken up to 3x daily for a total of 300mg, although 100mg daily does provide benefit.
NeuroFactor Coffea Arabica – 100mg
NeuroFactor is a branded version of coffee fruit extract. NeuroFactor is clinically shown to significantly increase levels of a key neuroprotein (BDNF) vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking. NeuroFactor contains a unique profile of polyphenols that have been shown in clinical study to stimulate the production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a key neuroprotein involved in overall brain health.
Per a study, coffee fruit extract was shown to increase Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor by 143%. Neuroscience now suggests that increased BDNF levels may help mitigate the advance of cognitive decline in human subjects. In this study, subjects were given 100mg dosage one time per day. We are dosed at 100mg on Genius Joy.
AstraGin – 50mg
This helps with ingredient absorption. This has increasingly become the most popular ingredient used to increase ingredient absorption into the body. This is the standard dosage of AstraGin.
Huperzine-A – 100mcg
Huperzine-A is a cognitive enhancing ingredient. In fact, Huperzine-A was tested in Alzheimer’s patients. The results showed that 29 out of 50 patients actually saw an improvement in memory. Keep in-mind, this was with Alzheimer’s disease patients, now imagine with healthy individuals. Research does show that supplementing with Huperzine-A does improve memory in teenagers and young adults as well.
The standard dosage of Huperzine-A for cognitive improvement is 50-200mcg 2x daily.
I love the world of Nootropics especially products that contain optimal levels of proven ingredients. Genius Consciousness contains the right amount of Alpha-GPC, Huperzine-A and NeuroFactor, among the other ingredients listed. This is going to be a solid, safe and effective supplement to use to boost your brain function, alertness and focus. If you feel like you’re dragging in the gym or in the office, using The Genius Brand Genius Consciousness should be something for you to consider. It doesn’t need to be taken daily, but when you are suffering from “brain fog” it would be a good idea to take a serving of this to help boost your memory into a focus zone like no other.
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