Having tried a multitude of nootropic stacks over the years, I found myself (over the last two years) realizing that sometimes, less is more.
Sometimes a smaller quantity of a particular nutrient/smart drug delivers far more of a powerful result.
As an example, I’ve always had far better results taking 350MG Aniracetam than 700+ MG. The effect comes on sooner, lasts longer, and is far more prominent. What else…
Rhodiola Rosea, a pretty cool adaptogenic herb, is far better in 250MG than 500. Ashwagandha too.
But the real question is, what underlies this consistently proven factor? There is a ton of anecdotal evidence that people experience the same thing. Counterintuitive right? You’d think more nootropics = greater effects right?
Wrong. In most cases, in my experience with nootropics, less is almost always more. And there must be a reason. Here’s what I think: (warning – theoretical paragraphs coming. Don’t freak out pubmed heads)
The brain regulates itself
If you throw down 1000MG of a particular nootropic, and don’t get much of an effect from it, but are able to shuttle down 300MG and have a noticeable effect every time, it’s not that ONLY a certain bit of the nootropic is able to cross the blood brain barrier, it’s the the brain is struggling to deal with all of this substance you just fed it.
Does the brain go: “Let’s take 300MG of this, and put it HERE, to create the effects, and the rest of this, let’s get rid of, not let it pass into the brain, and have it end up somewhere else to be processed and ridded?
I don’t think so.
To me, it seems a lot more likely that too much is too much, the brain knows that, the body realizes it can’t process this substance effectively, and it bypasses the entire function of creating the effect in your brain, and goes directly to processing the nootropic and getting rid of it.
The brain is regulating itself.
It could also be:
Overload on neurotransmitter receptors.
Blood brain barrier crossing issues, due to quantity of substance. And hosts of other possibilities.
But the real takeaway is to give nootropics a chance at lower quantities. You’d be surprised at what a little bit of some of your favorite nootropics can do to you. Cortex IS based on that very notion. The notion that less is more. In testing our Generation 1 stack, we found that too much Artichoke Extract tipped the balance in an unfavorable direction. The same with Nalt, and the same with L-Theanine. But in the right amounts, the stack is total perfection.
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