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Best Anti Aging Serums

TrackMyStack is the tool to be used when one needs to adhere to their medical treatment, we do this via reminders, a journal/diary and charts, and a myriad of other tools to help you manage your treatment such as reviews of treatments and interaction checkers etc — so it should come as no surprise the Anti Aging and Longevity community has started to become more and more active on our site.

Our web app started as a way for anyone to manage their treatment stack in one place, especially those of which that have a chronic condition. Over the months it evolved to help people with their ‘health goals’ as well, which saw a shift in users interested in cognitive enhancement (via nootropic stacks), and now we have added two new sections that we think are critically important to people going through different phases in life, and they are: Anti Aging Stacks and Prenatal Stacks.

Here we will quickly review the Top 5 Anti Aging Serums recommended by experts that we consulted while thinking about adding the Anti Aging section within our stacks database. These facial serums should provide the best bang for the buck and are designed to deliver substances to the skin to keep it looking and feeling great, they are not technically creams and or liquids, thus earning the name serums. The most common chemicals in these pre-mixed supplements are: Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin E, Collagen. Vitamin C being the most common as it helps reduce wrinkles and rejuvenates skin without using harsher synthetic chemicals. It in the end you get what you pay for and I would much rather recommend a reputable brand rather than a cheaper alternative (especially when it comes to your face!). Without a further ado, Jennifer F. from the NaturalBeauts blog will be reviewing a few serums, click to see other anti aging treatments.

 

#5 Vitamin C Serum by Xfacio Labs – $43

A topical serum that is highly concentrated and actively bio-available that helps battle any negative side effects from things like aging and sun damage. Prevention is better than the cure, and this is perfect if you want to maintain a youthful look, this serum helps control wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet and parched skin. This is a all natural organic formula which you can feel safe and comfortable using and the results are proven quickly.

#4 – Tranquil Collection Vitamin C Serum – $28

This is a 100% organic vitamin C facial serum for moisturized lips and eyes. The positive reviews for this serum speak for itself. The ingredients in this are: Aloe, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, MSM, Witch Hazel, L-Arginine, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin. This is a gentle serum and less irritating than other forms of Vitamin C and thus makes a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

#3 – Image Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum – $44

This serum is in the top 1,000 of all beauty products on Amazon, secondly this is claimed as a clinical grade serum that minimizes and soothes visible effects of environmentally damaging skin. Read this review by an Esthetician’s:

“This product is wonderful for all skin types. Rosacea, aging, sensitive, dehydrated, and even oily and combination. However, please take my advise as a licensed professional who works with these products. Do not buy from online sources. I would recommend going to a spa that sells the product because IMAGE does not sell via online resources. IMAGE only sells to licensed Physicians and Esthetician’s. The product you purchase could be watered down or tampered with anywhere other than its original source.”

#2 – Day by Day Beauty’s Anti Aging Vitamin C Serum for Women – $19

The reviews left for this supplement are overwhelmingly positive, this is a 1 fluid ounce of Day By Day Vitamin C serum that reduces among many things fine lines, and helps fade sun spots. It is a blend of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid. The added bonus of buying this is that it has a 100% money back guarantee.

#1 – Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin – $16.99

This formula has even more vitamin C than others, to a total of 20% and is gentle and effective. It has only plant-based ingredients, no alcohol, and made in the USA. Currently this is the highest rated serum in the market and worth every penny.

Many cosmetologists recommend these directions in using this top serum:
1) Wash and pat your skin dry.
2) Use toner before the serum if need to be used at all
3) Apply a small amount to face, neck and decollete
4) Use daily as needed.

Well there you have it, reviews of the top 5 anti aging wrinkle serums for your face, that are affordable, safe and healthy. Please leave a review if you try any of these.

Health Diary

Health Diaries

Keeping a health diary can be therapeutic, it can help you track how medication, supplements and your general lifestyle can be affecting your mood, your weight, sleep and overall health & fitness. It also makes it easy for you to discover triggers that may be leading to your flare-ups/symptoms.

Over time you can learn and see the pros and cons of particular treatment, realize your true adherence levels and use the journal to keep your caregiver, family and yourself aligned with your health goals. Your ultimate goal should be to:

  1. Analyze – The health problem
  2. Plan – Based on treatment provided by a caregiver
  3. Track – Build your treatment stack
  4. Maintain – Daily posts to your journal

Over time you can see how other patients just like you based on their treatment. Use it as a place for self-expression and update it whenever you can as we are mobile friendly and available on the web.

It only takes a few minutes to get started and especially if you have a health condition, there is no reason not to maintain one.

Instead of maintaining all your notes in your head, you can offload all your health concerns in one place, that is safe and secure. We provide the ability to graph various confounding factors and measurements from various aspects of your life.

A health diary is not limited to tracking your medicine intake, supplement intake, or sleep, there are various items being tracked by our members.

Keep in mind as part of maintaining a high adherence rate, we have information pages to educate you on drugs, supplements, vitamins, and herbs — it doesn’t stop with simply using TrackMyStack as a medicine reminding app.

List of Health Diaries You Can Maintain with TrackMyStack

  • Nutrition Diary
  • Workout Diary
  • Food Allergy Diary
  • Blood Pressure Diary
  • Cardiovascular Disease Diary
  • Weight Loss Diary + Weight Gain (Muscle)
  • Gluten-Free Diary
  • Sexual Health Diary
  • Infant/Baby Health Diary
  • Maternal Health Diary
  • Diabetes Diary

We have a list of main goals that we allow you to track, the top categories are:

  1. Cognitive Enhancement or Tracking Your Nootropics
  2. Increased Energy – Get natural energy levels up
  3. Mood Diary – Mood tracking to feel better, and less depressed, see what the trigger is, and how you felt throughout the month.
  4. Stress Journal – Manage and cope with stress.
  5. Improved Sleep – Record when you slept, and for how long, and if a supplement or drug was useful.
  6. Weight Loss – Track your weight loss journey from start to finish by recording your weight and taking pictures to see a measurable difference.
  7. Build Muscle – Record your daily supplement intake and sleep patterns.
  8. Increase Testosterone – Many things can lead to dropped levels, follow your treatment plan to improve your natural levels.
  9. Pre workout Stacks – Sometimes you need to “get in the zone” before hitting the weights, see which N.O. concoction is effective, other than the obvious.
  10. General Health Tracker – To be used for all chronic conditions, such as: Diabetes, ADHD, among others.
  11. Social Anxiety – There are things people are doing to improve, use their journal as a cornerstone to build your own regimen.
  12. Anti Aging – Some people abide by their supplements and fitness routine as the fountain of youth, see what their entire ‘health stack’ is.
  13. Prenatal & Baby Diary – For your sake and the sake of your new loved one.

Take a look at these two screenshots from a patients health diary that can be viewed by his family, himself and caregiver at any time from any device for free.

health-journal-screenshot  quantified-self-stack-log

Tracking your progress is the first step in managing your health, To get started instantly click here.

Supplements Everyone Should Take

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Supplements are an addition to a optimal diet, thus there is no best supplement for anyone. However, there are supplements such as Vitamin C or Magnesium that everyone probably lacks in. Below is a re-print of a pretty well summarized post as to what you can take, originally found on PasteBin.

Vitamin B1 – Thiamin – 20mg/day – performs decarboxylation reactions; required for complete catabolism of sugars and keto acids; destroyed by alcohol use; deficiency produces neurasthenia, neurodegeneration, and metabolic syndrome.

Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin – 20mg/day – forms FAD, a ubiquitous cofactor used for 2-electron reductions, including the enzyme that detoxifies aminochromes. Along with NADH, needed to extract metabolic energy from foods

Vitamin B3 – Niacinamide or Niacin – 250 or 500mg/day (up to 2g/day; requirement is substantially increased during stressful conditions, eg. schizophrenia, and liver disease) – Precursor to NAD and NADPH, the most fundamental cofactors in living organisms. Functional deficiency affects all life processes. NADH is used to extract high-energy electrons from food-derived carbohydrates and proteins. NADPH is widely used by proteins in biosynthetic electron transfer reactions and is part of some antioxidant enzymes. Supplementation has been repeatedly found to have significant benefits in many (perhaps most) degenerative diseases. Niacinamide inhibits the breakdown of NAD.

Vitamin B5 – Pantothenate – 25mg/day – part of Coenzyme A; essential for fat metabolism and oxidative respiration; excessiely excreted in metabolic syndrome.

Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate – 15mg/day – prone to oxidative destruction, especially when B3 is deficient; central to amino acid metabolism; deficiency arrests ‘non-essential’ protein synthesis; opioid addiction depletes vitamin B6.

Vitamin B9 – TetraHydroMethylFolate – 200ug/day – required to remethylate S-Adenosyl-Methionine; most people are functionally deficient; requirement increased by B12 deficiency; opioid addiction depletes folic acid.

Vitamin B12 – Methylcobalamin – 1000ug/day – normally produced by gut bacteria, which are impaired in everyone; required to recycle folic acid to allow for methylation; deficiency is associated with neurodegeneration.

Perhaps consider a High Bioavailable version of Vitamin B, click here to see one we recommend ($20).

Na-R-ALA – 10-100mg/day; along with thiamin (Alpha Lipoic Acid), oxidizes pyruvate produced by glycolysis; water/fat soluble antioxidant that recycles endogenous antioxidants; effective and non-toxic heavy metal chelator; low plasma levels are indicative of metabolic syndrome/diabetes; supplementation restores insulin sensitivity in diabetes and associated conditions (eg schizophrenia).

Vitamin D3 – Cholecalciferol – 5000 IU/day in winter, less with more sunlight exposure – produced from cholesterol by UV light in human skin. Mushroom skin produces the related compound Ergocalciferol, Vitamin D2, which can partially substitute for our own D3. Prevents calcium accumulation in soft tissue, plasma; prevents osteoporosis, may alleviate depression.

Vitamin E – d-Tocopherols – 30IU/day – up to 400IU/day depending on meat and PUFA consumption. Supplementation is not required if you eat only fruit. In most cases, avoid taking over 400IU/day. Best is to take a,b,g, and d (‘mixed’) tocopherols and tocotrienols rather than just a-tocopherol. Required for the hydrogenation of excess unsaturated fats and the prevention of their oxidation; spares and restores CoQ10. Antagonizes some of the effects of estrogen.

Magnesium – Magnesium Glycinate/chelate – 50-200mg/day Mg – required for ATP synthesis and retention; required for calcium absorption and utilization; prevents muscle cramping and bruxism. Consider L-Threonate for cognitive enhancement as it passes the BBB more easily into the brain.

Vitamin K2 – Menaquinone – 2mg/day – required for protein carboxylation; prevents bone demineralization and soft-tissue calcification; necessary for proper vitamin D and calcium metabolism; required for effective blood clotting. Vitamin D supplementation necessitates vitamin K supplementation. MK4 is the most active form of vitamin K in non-hepatic tissues.

Zinc – Zinc Picolinate/chelate – ~10mg/day of zinc – required for some antioxidant enzymes (Zn-SOD); required for insulin synthesis; various metabolic roles. Required for MAP binding to microtubules, and hence the structural integrity of neuronal dendrites. Disruption of Zn metabolism by aluminium is related to alzheimerism. Consider ZMA.

Selenium – Selenomethionine – 100ug/day – required for some antioxidant enzymes (GPx); required for the conversion of thyroid hormone to its active form (T3). Deficiency is associated with schizophrenia and diabetes.

Chlorella/Spirulina – 1-20g/day – single celled algae; extremely high in nearly all vitamins and minerals, as well as a wide variety of other biological molecules – good for detoxification. Can be eaten in unlimited amounts, like food.

Vitamin C – Preferably Magnesium, Potassium, or Sodium ascorbate – 10g/day; up to 300g/day for severe degenerative diseases – Apes cannot synthesize vitamin C and require enormous amounts from our diets. Required for many reduction/hydroxylation reactions (eg, synthesis of collagen, norepinephrine, carnitine). Spares and restores other antioxidants such as vitamin E and ALA. Subclinical deficiency impairs capillary integrity and catecholamine metabolism; promotes CVD, cancer, parkinsonism, schizophrenia, diabetes, and most other degenerative diseases. Cannot be obtained in even close to sufficient amounts, even on an all-fruit diet, since domesticated fruits are much lower in vitamin C and flavonoids than wild ones. Large (25g+) doses can be used to overcome opiate addiction, and to relieve pain. Adverse effects are extremely uncommon, with the exception of gastrointestinal discomfort at very high doses (which may itself be therapeutic).

Flavonoids – >500mg/day – catechol flavonoids are required for vitamin C activity; flavonoids improve the efficiency of many metabolic processes; substantially expand the protective capabilities of endogenous antioxidants; largely responsible for the health benefits of many foods. Berries, tea, chocolate, onions, and wine are well-studied sources.

Reishi/Cordyceps/Lion’s Mane – 1-5g/day – medicinal mushrooms; contain a multitude of natural nootropics, including noopept-like substances; broadly effective at preventing and reversing brain damage.
If you had to choose six of these, they’d be Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and vitamin K. They are inexpensive and nearly everyone is functionally deficient in them. Everything listed should be taken by anyone living in civilization who seeks to avoid disease and prevent aging.

For Vitamin C, try to find one that also includes flavonoids. For B3, niacin works about as well as niacinamide but also produces flushing and has blood lipid- and cholesterol-lowering effects.

Using TrackMyStack as a Vitamin Tracker

Tracking Your Vitamin Intake

vitamin tracking

Tracking your supplements intake, medicine and vitamins is of the absolute necessity for people of every age. Given that as many as 50% of the US population takes multi vitamin daily and up to 30% take a supplement or mineral (referred to as MVM) of some type¹, it is critical to know if the treatment or your health goals are being met from the consumption of them.

Knowing that the branded product or vitamin you are consuming is providing a benefit can help determine if it should be continued, otherwise you may simply just be wasting your time and hard-earned money. We discuss how TrackMyStack acts as the best supplement and vitamin tracker, journal, log, diary, or reminder tool available for free.

There are 3 things we discuss and demonstrate below:

  1. How to Quickly start tracking your supplementation and Why you should begin ASAP.
  2. Following up on the treatment or goal to make sure you are on track.
  3. Adding additional treatments to your stack to reach your health goal faster.

 

Step 1. Logging Your Vitamins in a Stack

A stack can be built quickly, which involves the addition of vitamins or minerals. The dosage, frequency, start and end date, and any notes can be put into the stack as well for each vitamin. This is useful because a treatment or a regimen can have multiple supplements that can be paused, resumed or not needed any longer, e.g. Probiotics.  The stack page looks like the screenshot below:

adding-vitamins

Step 2. Logging your intake via StackLog

It is critical to remember to take your vitamins daily, we will have a app for mobile very soon but for now we have the capability to email you a reminder, and additionally you may also log in via your mobile phone (android or apple iOS) and visit our website. It is fully responsive so saving your daily adherence levels should be a breeze. The added benefit of doing this is that your relatives, friends, doctor or any care giver can easily see your progress and our community can also benefit from the data you are providing from your treatment. It is really a win-win-win for all. Below is a screenshot of what a post looks like in your StackLog (which is essentially a Journal). Additionally a graph is generated letting you visually see your health over a period of time, this is great to find patterns and for physicians to quickly get a glimpse of your progress.

vitamin-log

Step 3. Tweaking your Stack, Vitamin Quantity/Frequency

Overtime you will realize that you may have reached sufficient levels of certain minerals and vitamins or no longer require them but do not need to stop the entire treatment itself. We allow you to add a “End Date” and the supplement is added into another table for other’s to know that it is no longer being consumed. You may also need to add other treatments such as Medicine, Therapies, Exercises to track and these too can be added and a start date may be appended for reference. See the screenshot below to understand this better.

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As you can see TrackMyStack is a FREE, comprehensive solution to tracking your health. Tracking your Vitamin intake is only one of the features of the tracker, and many other things can be tracked, such as symptoms, medicine, mood & more. However, if you would like to use it as a Vitamin tracker only, it does a good job at that too, add the fact that we are always making the platform easier to use daily, it really is a no brainer.

I also leave you with a Vitamin chart to show you which vitamins should be taken for which reason to get you started, but of course you can learn more from the supplements section.

Benefits-of-Vitamins

References:

¹ https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-HealthProfessional/

Medication Tracker

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Printable vs our electronic medical log

Not just another Medicine Organizer App

Tracking your medication intake is the single most important thing you can do to recover from any condition or symptoms you may be going through. Skipping a dose or worse yet not remembering can have detrimental consequences on your health and even other’s around you. If a dose is skipped or forgotten, it can throw your treatment into limbo and you may need to consult your primary care provider to assist you in determining how to get back on track.

However, there is a solution, a simple way to remain on track and remember if you have taken your medication or not and how it made you feel and what symptoms you experienced through taking the medication stack prescribed to you. The solution if it doesn’t seem obvious, is TrackMyStack. Below we will show you how our simple app lets you manage your pain, anxiety, stress, mood, and helps you save your thoughts in a log which can be exported or printed and presented to your caregiver, clearly showing the pills you took (the adherence to it), the exact time, the symptoms you felt and an arbitrary description of how you are or anything else you would like to note.

On top of this, you can do this for as many different conditions, symptoms, or health goals you may have all for free. It is absolutely amazing to discover a pattern which can change your life for the better. There is a saying that you can not improve that you cannot measure — at least in some way. Once you realize the and notice the difference (and perhaps get over the burden of recording your daily activities in the log, you can rest easy knowing — you are taking everything in your power to improve your health).

A stack is inherently designed in such a way that you can’t just “record your mood or anxiety”, the medication tracking component or “Stacking” aspect inherently makes you take ACTION against your symptom or condition. It does not need to be drugs or symptoms, but the creation of a stack is necessary to record your progress. Below we will quickly show you a few screenshots on how to go about record taking your medication in 3 simple steps.

Step 1 – Get Started – To Register: click here.

Involves creating a stack, you select your goal, describe it and add any supplements or medications or therapies involved in your treatment. You should look at a stack as a virtual “medicine organizer” that will keep things simple for you and even let people that care about you quickly check up on your adherence levels remotely over the internet. See below:

medication-tracking

Step 2 – Quickly Fill Your Stack

Involves typing in your supplements, prescription/OTC medicine, or anything you would like to track. We help auto-fill your pills, saving you time and also give you a recommendation and select the unit of measurement, so inputting and getting started is as painless as possible. A recent addition also provides recommendations based on existing treatments/stacks on what you can add to your stack that is effective for existing patients. Even though we provide the example with supplements, drugs, patches, drops, ointments, injections, herbal, vitamin, diet supplement and anything else you are doing can be added.

track-medicine

Step 3 – Recording Entries

We are working on an android and apple apps that will remind you to take your medicine at the right times. The screenshot below skips the first part of the log where you can write your notes about taking this dose, however, it does not show you how you can record a multitude of other things such as your energy levels, focus, memory, and mood. By default all medicine in the stack is set to on to speed up the process of making a post.

Once the entry is saved it can be viewed on your StackLog which shows your Adherence level and your notes, and not included in this entry is how you may also attach an image to your medication log.

medication-journal-app

The Output of the Medicine Schedule

The medicine schedule can be printed and looks great. It can be better than typing it out in excel or spending time making your own chart, and this way you can quickly edit or modify it whenever and from wherever. You can further make it and easily share it with your health provider as well, you can even ask your pharmacist or care provider to make the schedule or chart stack for you and put it in private mode if you think that is a better option. Below is what the chart looks like once it has been created, keep in mind this is not the stackLog which keeps a record of when you took your medication.

medicine chart

We make it easy for you to learn more about the supplement or drug you may be taking, we also allow you if it’s a supplement and legally allow you to buy it from a high-quality reliable source online. Additionally, if you feel like someone else’s stack makes sense for your health goal, and there are no interactions with your existing stack (as confirmed by preferably a pharmacist), you can order the stack directly from Amazon with the click of a button.

The Result of using us a Pill Reminder App

The graphs that are generated as mentioned earlier provide a comprehensive way to quickly understand what is causing your symptoms, aside from you printing out this medical log for your doctor, you may also get comments and recommendations from the community who is going through the exact same thing as you. The online version can fully be utilized as an app as the site is mobile friendly.

One main thing to keep in mind is the fact that the site is more than just a simple pill tracking or medicine reminder app. The site will help you remember what you need to take, it will record the progress of your treatment to measure effectiveness, but it will also work to help you learn more about yourself and your treatment via graphs, charts, logs, images and via the community.

In conclusion, TrackMyStack can be referred to as a simple Health Tracker for managing conditions and symptoms to not only dose safely but also to validate its effectiveness. It is perfect for children, adults and especially the elderly. We hope it helps you become a better you. To get started instantly click here.

Limitless Drug NZT-48

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The film Limitless, which stars Bradley Cooper, Arbie Cornish, and Robert Deniro, has made a huge impact on society. This is mainly because it revolves around mental capabilities and how we could unlock our full potential just by taking a single pill- the NZT 48 drug.

What is NZT?

In the film, NZT-48 is such a powerful drug that it makes Bradley Cooper, known as Eddie Mora in the movie, unlock his full potential. He is superhuman when he takes the pill; not only is he able to use 20% of his brain’s capacity, but he is able to go much beyond that.

In  reality, we use 100% of our brain, not all the time, but we use different parts of our brain for different things, the 20% of our brain usage is a urban myth. Anyways Bradley becomes the smartest living creature, doesn’t run out of energy, is able to learn languages and make a lot of money in the stock market. Would this be something you would take?

Does NZT48 really exist? The truth is, NZT-48 is just a creation of fiction and it was created to sell the movie. So the question is, why do we have the need to talk about this topic? Does it only give us a dream, or a false hope of using our brain’s potential 100% of the time? Even though NZT-48 is not real, there’s supplements and drugs referred to as Nootropics and they are starting to appear promising.

What are Nootropics and are they close to NZT?

By definition, nootropics are drugs that can protect your brain, enhance memory and/or other cognitive functions. They serve to promote enhancement in memory and facilitation of learning (1). Among the most famous nootropics today is the Racetam family and the first nootropic drug to be used widely was Piracetam, a synthetic derivative of GABA, also known as aminobutyric acid. You don’t need to remember this, although if you were on it, it wouldn’t be hard..would it?

Although its mechanism of action is still not fully understood, studies show that Piracetam positively affects the release of neurotransmitters in our brain and their receptor-binding capabilities. This improves cell functioning and leads to cognitive enhancements such as more efficient and easier memory formation, and memory recall. Also, Piracetam is involved in the activation of Acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in the brain related to memory processes and development (2). It is fairly easy to buy online as well and is considered safer than table salt (when you look at the LD50).

At present, various nootropics have already been discovered; these are much more potent than the parent compound Pireacetam. These smart drugs have a wider array of cognitive benefits and improve other areas like mood, behaviour, energy, and others. One such smart drug is Noopept — it is believed to be 1000x more potent than its derivative Piracetam. Other familiar nootropics also include Phenylpiracetam– also a derivative of Piracetam and is believed to be 30-60x more potent than its parent compound Piracetam.

One notable feature is that it has a phenyl ring added to the original structure, giving it a higher affinity for Norepinephrine and Dopamine, and making it easier to cross the Blood-Brain Barrier or BBB. Moreover, it enhances physical performance and gives stimulating and energizing effects through an increase in Noradrenaline levels.

Although athletes find this very useful, it is banned in the Olympics due to its psychostimulatory and cold resistance properties. Phenylpiracetam also has the ability to motivate and reduce the effects of anxiety and stress. Finally, other various smart drugs known in the market today include Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Alpha GPC, Citicoline, Phenibut, and many more.

Through gradual research and experiment, a lot of smart drugs today show a large resemblance to NZT-48. The above are marketed as supplements but the FDA would not classify them as supplements. There are some drugs that are approved by the FDA (in America, it is the regulatory agency, and we will talk about that below).

Is Modafinil the original limitless pill?

modafinil limitless review

Is modafinil really the original nzt48 pill? Consider Adrafinil, as the legal limitless pill and is available for sale online. Is it also a fictional drug like the NZT-48? Well here is the good news, Modafinil in contrast with NZT48, is a real-life drug. Yes you heard it right, Modafinil is not just available on our television screens, but we can actually buy it. But how is Modafinil related to the limitless pill NZT-48? Modafinil was actually the inspiration for NZT-48. It is used as a wakefulness-promoting agent primarily used to treat Narcolepsy (a condition causing excessive daytime sleepiness), shift work sleep disorder, and other sleep disorders.

Its wakefulness-promoting properties and increase in energy levels may be attributed its role as an adrenergic receptor agonist. It activates orexins/hypocretins (these are brain peptides) thus, increasing dopamine, norepinephrine and histamine levels. Moreover, Modafinil serves to improve memory and brain function through enhanced neuronal stimulation; more specifically, positive stimulation of Glutamate receptors and inhibition of Glutamate breakdown.

Because of Modafinil’s mechanism of action, it is the drug that is the closest thing to limitless pill NZT 48. Soon we will also review Donepezil which many now consider a limitless like pill as well. Modafinil is obviously a prescription drug and there can be many side effects, however with a good diet and proper nootropic supplementation you can ‘generally’ always feel noticeably smarter than your baseline, it is like body building, you can take supplements to go from your baseline to your absolute genetic potential but then as bodybuilders take steroids, drugs like modafinil can be used to push the brain to it’s capacity and thus we don’t recommend anyone try it right off the bat, especially not without consulting a physician.

Conclusion

Although NZT-48 may just be a fictional drug–the idea is real, there are a lot of promising smart drugs in the market that offer similar benefits. One supplement may provide benefits in one facet, but when stacked with others may be the complete regimen you need to feel more intelligent. We urge you to browse different stacks and see the results people are getting. A popular example of stacking is the combination of Racetams with Cholinergics.

For instance, the actions of racetams are attenuated due to an increased level of neurotransmitters that are essential for brain functioning. Be sure to track your results over time to see how the changes are affecting you. If you would like to skip nootropics and go straight to a nzt like smart drug consider buying adrafinil (modafinil precursor) here.

 

References:

  • http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/nootropic
  • https://smartdrugsforthought.com/what-is-piracetam/

 

Mood Tracker

Need a Simple Mood Tracking Diary?

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TrackMyStack is the best mood tracking app available online for free, with its native ability to merge into your medical routine/stack it provides a comprehensive analysis of your mood in the simplest way possible.

Who Needs to track their Mood?

Perfect for people with mental disorders such as bipolar disorders or even kids and adults that simply want to see when they are stressed and want to measure it throughout the day. Our platform has a scale from 1 to 10, from NOT HAPPY to EXTREMELY HAPPY to record mood and other measurements. You can also use the notes area to record any other feelings such as how optimistic, sad, grateful your day is going as well.

What’s wrong with just using a mood tracking worksheet?

Keeping track of your mood via offline methods such as PDFS, forms, journals or printing templates is a thing of the past, firstly, it needs to always be at hand, it is never 100% accurate, it can’t be accessed from everywhere and lastly it cannot provide graphs, charts and dig up statistical significant data from all your logging.

Using a spreadsheet software such as excel was the upgrade from a physical mood journal, but excel has limitations in that unless if your main file is stored on the cloud, you would have entries in various areas. TrackMyStack allows you to have your mood diary on the cloud, password protected or available to the public to give you feedback. It is better to have other’s there to help when needed.

 

Do I need a wearable device to track my mood?

It is optional, although we don’t suppose integrations with monitors of any kind, this data can be used and inputted manually by you on to TrackMyStack.

How do I maintain a mood diary/journal?

The steps to maintaining a mood journey are:

  1. Create a stack of any medication or supplement you may be taking. If none, you still need to create a stack.
  2. Any “Check-in” posts now can be seen as a mood entry. You can leave most fields empty and select your mood from 1-10 at any time of the day, as many times as you would like daily/hourly etc. All For Free. We provide graphs and charts to see how you did that can be organized by different periods.
  3. If your stack is public you can optionally get feedback on your posts in your feed or on your stack. Be sure to cheer up others, it can good to be part of someone’s support network.

Is it available on iPhone, iPad/iOS and Android?

Not yet but our website is mobile friendly which means after you have created a stack, we advise you to bookmark the “Check-in Post” page, so you can quickly and easily add your mood updates. We are in the process of releasing an app in the coming months that will be as good as some of the other apps out there but with the synergistic medical/supplement/stack component attached to it. You can take a look at other applications such as: t2 mood tracker or dbsa wellness tracker till then.

What else can you track?

  • Track Key Health Trends
  • Overall mood
  • Well-being
  • Period/Ovulation
  • Mood disorder symptoms
  • Lifestyle (including sleep, exercise, etc.)
  • Medication (any drug and quantitively record side effects)
  • Physical health
  • Track Symptoms & Conditions: Anxiety, Depression, Aspergers, etc.

Other organizations such as DBSA, BBR Foundation (Formerly: NARSAD), ADAA, MHA have their own wellness or tracking software, however, it is not as comprehensive as ours, and above that, some members of these nonprofit organizations have recommended our platform for many members.

We continue to work together with other organizations helping people with anxiety and other mental disorders.

To get started using the mood tracker, click here.

6 Symptoms of Low Dopamine

Symptoms of Low Dopamine

low dopamineAre you often feeling depressed or experiencing frequent mood swings with an intense craving for certain foods?

If so, your brain might have insufficient levels of dopamine, and this can cause you to suffer from poor attention and cognitive function. When one compound is found deficient in your body, your bodily and brain functions may be compromised immediately. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of low levels of dopamine and having an understanding of its causes are extremely important.

Get to Know Dopamine

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body and it serves to play important functions in the human body. It belongs to the families of the organic compounds Catecholamine and Phenylethylamine. Dopamine can be found in the Substantia Nigra of the human brain and nerve cells. They release it in the form of a chemical to transmit signals to other nerve cells. Dopamine plays a major role in the pleasure and reward pathway of the brain, as well as memory and movement control.

3 Things That Cause Low Levels of Dopamine?

1. Stress
Studies have shown that stress causes a decrease in the synthesis and secretion of dopamine in the brain, thus leading to low levels of dopamine being transmitted. Moreover, stress results in depleting adrenals. Check out some ways to manage stress here.

2. Drug use
The use of drugs has also been attributed to a dopamine deficiency. A street drug called Meperidine causes the dopamine neurons to breakdown, thus resulting in overall low dopamine levels. In addition, Cocaine prevents the breakdown of dopamine and continued use of such drugs can result in a reduction of dopamine receptors.

3. Poor nutrition
Researchers at Franklin Institute have found that poor nutrition can result in a dopamine deficiency. Foods and drinks such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar can cause a decrease in dopamine levels. Conversely, this can be counteracted with the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, as they act as antioxidants and prevent or reverse the damaging effects linked with low dopamine.

Other factors that may cause low dopamine levels include lack of sleep and the habitual use of antidepressants.

Dopamine and L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is one of the 22 amino acids in the body used to build proteins. It is created through the synthesis of Phenylalanine and serves to maintain healthy communication between nerve cells. Phenylalanine in turn, is necessary in the production of Dopamine.

What will I experience when I have low Dopamine levels?

Having low levels of Dopamine in your brain could significantly alter your bodily functions and overall health. You might experience the following symptoms:

1. Depression
Depression is the principal symptom you experience when you have low levels of dopamine. This is also coupled with chronic boredom, loss of satisfaction, and apathy. Finally, you may start being pessimistic with the things and events around you and this can result in frequent mood swings.

2. Restless Legs Syndrome
An imbalance or a decrease of dopamine levels in the brain may result in Restless Legs Syndrome. RLS is characterized by an uncomfortable feeling in the legs, which includes itchy, pins and needles or creepy crawly sensations. This occurs because dopamine is responsible for sending messages for muscle control and a disturbance in dopamine levels can alter muscle performance. RLS also produces overall weakness and muscle tremors.

3. Oversleeping and Low libido
Oversleeping due to a dopamine deficiency is brought about by a decrease in certain nutrients such as iron, magnesium or zinc. Along with excess hours of sleep, you may experience a lack of motivation especially when performing exercises and in initiating activities. Moreover, low levels in dopamine results in procrastination. Other symptoms also include dullness of pleasure and lessened libido.

4. Rapid Weight Gain
Another symptom of a dopamine deficiency is cravings for sugar, sodas, alcohol, and saturated fats. Not only do these foods encourage inactivity and make you gain weight, but they also decrease dopamine levels and their activity in the brain.

5. Trouble Focusing
Due to feelings of sadness, there is a failure to regulate emotions which can eventually interfere with one’s ability to pay attention and remember things. This impairment in memory and thinking stops you from focusing on tasks.

6. Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressive central nervous system disease first described by James Parkinson in 1817. At the time, it was descriptively referred to as the shaking palsy or paralysis agitans. It is typically characterized by the cardinal signs of bradykinesia, resting tremor, rigidity, and postural instability. The disease may also cause a variety of other symptoms including movement and gait disturbances; sensory changes; speech, voice, and swallowing disorders; cognitive and behavioural changes; ANS dysfunction; gastrointestinal changes, and cardiopulmonary changes.
A continuous decrease in dopamine levels in the Substantia Nigra in the brain could definitely contribute to the development of Parkinson’s Disease.

What can I do to increase my Dopamine levels?

A healthy diet can greatly benefit you and help your brain cells produce sufficient amounts of dopamine. Phenylalanine is an amino acid necessary for the production of dopamine and can be found in foods such as: almonds, chocolates and eggs. Bananas are also helpful in raising dopamine levels by increasing another amino acid called Tyrosine, which also increases dopamine levels. Moreover, apples are rich in antioxidants that prevent dopamine cells from damage.

To recap, Lifestyle modifications can significantly improve and increase dopamine levels. This includes exercising, avoiding stress, and staying away from activities that lower dopamine levels. Also, supplementation is a common practice in addressing low dopamine levels; you should contact your physician first. Other common supplements to increase dopamine include L-Phenylalanine and Vitamin B6. Alternatively we have a list of supplements that improve your mood and stress reducing supplements also.

 

References:

MayoClinic.com: Restless Legs Syndrome

Health and Nutrition Tips: Dopamine Deficiency

Medical Health Tests: Dopamine Test

University of Maryland Medical Center: Parkinson’s Disease Introduction

The Dana Foundation: Parkinson’s Disease: A Paradigm Shift
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