New To Forum: Question On Brain Supplements, Increased Concentration
Iâ€™m a nootropic newbie. I have dabbled a little but, never saw any improvement and I get frustrated with my brain these days. Iâ€™m mainly looking for increased focus and concentration. Iâ€™m a musician and have long practice and writing sessions and feel I could be way more productive. Every now and then I really â€˜lock inâ€™ but it is rare. I lose focus and my memory could be better. I probably have a mild version of ADD. I will lay out what I currently am doing in terms of supplements and diet and maybe I can get some input/suggestions.
I am 40 years old.
Exercise â€“ primarily kettlebell training, some free weights, sprints.
Iâ€™m naturally lean. Yearly bloodwork (chem panel, lipids etc) are very good.
First â€“ Iâ€™m pretty good with my diet. I eat a mostly paleo/primal diet about 80% of the time. The last 6 months or so I have not been as diligent. I really think this is a factor at times. I suspect gluten and sugar is holding me back. I am really trying to get this dialed in and believe Iâ€™ll make good progress starting with diet.
Supplements â€“ this is what I currently take daily.
New Chapter Menâ€™s One Daily Multivitamin
Thorne Research B Complex #5 Stress complex (contains extra B5)
Healthy Origins Ubiquinol - 50 mg
Kal Magnesium Glycinate â€“ 800 MG
Vitamin D3 drops â€“ 2000-4000 IU
Olive Leaf Extract
Stronger Faster Healthier liquid Fish Oil.
I make BP Coffee from time to time. Either MCT or GF Butter and Coconut oil.
Brain Supplements I have tried
Source Naturals DMAE 351 MG â€“ no change
Source Naturals L-Theanine 300 MG â€“ donâ€™t recall if this helped
Cognitive Nutrition Phenylethylamine â€“ no change
Source Naturals L-Tyrosine 500 MG â€“ made me jittery
Jarrow Neuro Optimizer â€“ no change. Recently started retaking.
St. Johnâ€™s Positive Thoughts â€“ This has a lot of St. Johns Worth and Gaba. I find that sometime this calms me and helps me focus. Only about Â½ the time I take it.
My personality is â€œIâ€™m always in my headâ€â€¦in my own world. I suspect what might work for me is something calming for brain activity. Maybe that is why the Positive Thoughts helps on occasion. Something that is stimulating might not be good â€“ although coffee works??? Iâ€™m a little tentative with Racetams (from what I have read). Iâ€™m thinking about trying Alpha GPC.
Thank you for any input!