Brandon Mentore, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Sports Nutritionist, suggests people experiment with nootropics as stand-alone ingredients or in compounds or formulations that have several known nootropic agents. Here are three of his tips.
- It’s important to do your research so you can discover important details about each compound you wish to try. For example, taking Alpha-GPC, a natural choline compound found in the brain, in the evening can give you nightmares or make sleeping difficult. MCT (from medium chain triglycerides) needs to be taken slowly, or it can result in gastric distress.
- Understand what your goal is and what you would like to accomplish, and understand that everyone reacts differently.If you don’t notice any effects from a certain product or ingredient, you may have to try something different.
- More isn’t necessarily better. It’s important to realize that the brain is very similar to an engine in a car, and you can’t constantly push it. The more you drive the brain, the more it needs to recover, recharge, and restore through sleep, hydration, and stress management.