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Natural Cognitive Enhancers

Top Natural Cognitive Enhancers You Need To Try

There are many cognitive enhancers in the market, however it is understandable that for many new people it may not make immediate sense to start off with synthetic chemicals as the effects may be too strong and just not needed, below we will discuss 5 nootropics or 5 natural cognitive enhancers for memory, energy and alertness with the least amount of side effects and maximum benefits.

All the cognitive enhancers below can be referred to as nootropics, cognitive enhancers supply the brain with a high level of neurotransmitters support or cause neurogenesis. It is advisable to know that these cognitive enhancers, as they are natural, take time to come into effect, they are not isolated chemicals that you would get from a lab based supplement. Some of these supplements have been used for literally thousands of years for cognitive enhancement purposes, as is the case of Bacopa in Ayurvedic Medicine.

We are going to skip some of the “mainstream” cognitive enhancement products that you may have already heard about such as: Caffeine, and Ginkgo Biloba. Without further ado, our list of top natural cognitive enhancer reviews below, in descending order of importance to us:

5. Pycnogenol ™ or Pine Bark Extract for Cognition

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It does many things aside from being a natural brain enhancing supplement, such as: helping manage blood sugar levels, helps with skin tone, supports blood vessel health and even boosts heart health. The supplement is derived from the French maritime pine bark, if taken for cognition, look for an improvement in focus, memory and executive function capabilities. A study done in Italy showed that it provided significant improvement in mood, memory, attention span, decision making, which makes it great for those that have ADHD or those looking to improve their attention span. Information referenced from:
“Pycnogenol improves cognitive function, attention, mental performance and specific professional skills in healthy professionals aged 35-55.” From: The Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2014, 58 (4): 239 – 248

4. Lion’s Mane Mushroom or Hericium Erinaceus

It is a edible medicinal mushroom found in Asia. The compounds C-H and lions-mane-mushroom-for-bnfA-I isolated promote NGF (nerve growth factor). People say it is a good treatment for and prevention of dementia. Results suggest the possibility that H. erinaceus is absorbed into the blood and delivered directly to your CNS. Other potential benefits: immune-enhancing properties, hypoglycemic effects and antioxidant activity.

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3. Nicotine

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Grab a pack of cigarettes, just joking. Although this goes against most people’s immediate sense, hear us out. There are nicotine receptors in your brain, and when entertained, you get more focused and alert. Ever see anyone taking “smoke breaks” to clear their mind so they can come back and focus again…? There is some science to this, however, many people also sip on a coffee when doing this, nicotine negates the effects of coffee, so you should do one or the other. If you have an addictive personality or are an ex-smoker, this is a obvious no-no, but many professors and scientists (not your MD) systematically recommend nicotine (gum, vaporizer or patch) over sipping on coffee for say staying up at night when you need to drive, or need mental clarity and energy.

Don’t believe us? Here is the science! Take a look at any of the following references:

2. MCT Oil

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More specifically Brain Octane Oil, which we have written about many times. The brand we use is BulletProof, you are more than welcome to try any brand you like. Brain Octane just happens to be refined 18X, providing more direct ketone based energy for your brain than MCT Oil, which too is more refined than regular Coconut oil. Your brain loves to use “Fat” or “ketones” for energy rather than carbohydrates. It takes more energy to convert carbs to energy than fat. This should be supplemented 15 minutes before studying, put it in your coffee or just have a teaspoon of it, and your brain will have premium fuel to keep going for up to 2 hours. Have we mentioned Butter coffee? This is natural, healthy, and something you will enjoy, a real tri-fecta win. These guys have come out with brain octane tablet’s which are perfect to travel with as well if you want to check that out. They also have a new product called “Instamix” which has grass-fed butter + brain octane premixed, it act’s as a ‘creamer’ but is healthy. Read More about Brain Octane here.

Bacopa Monnieri (Waterhyssop)

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Well known as a cognitive enhancing plant — Bhrami in Ayurvedic medicine, it is to be taken at 750mg every night (could possibly need to take up to 3 pills) with a fat source. It is very important that this is a quality product, look for 50% bacognize, which contains a standardized amount of bacosides A and B). The obvious benefits include enhancing the brain with it’s own antioxidant enzymes. It may help with memory, anxiety, mental fatigue and visual processing. Make sure you supplement this for 4 weeks before deciding that it doesn’t work, and even when it does, it is not like caffeine whereas you “just feel it” it will come in the form of being able to remember things that you would not have been able to otherwise.


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Although this supplement isn’t a 100% natural, we feel like aside from Noopept it does encompass many natural cognitive enhancing ingredients that work exceptionally well together. Instead of taking one supplement at a time, you could yield the power of all of them in 1 go. It is highly rated by users of TrackMyStack.




Hopefully our reviews of natural cognitive enhancers is a good starting point for you to delve into optimizing your memory. You may learn more about each supplement in detail by clicking on the image to it’s left, and may additionally buy it as well if you feel like it is right for you. These are not as ‘mainstream’ but still very well researched plants, as you will come to see for a good reason as well. This is just our list of what we consider the best, your results may vary, and what better place to track it’s efficacy than

Final note …
“Natural brain enhancement” is possible it just may take more time to “build up” in your system and may provide additional benefits than just cognitive benefits as noted above. Share your results via a health journal on our site or write your comments below. Good Luck.

Supplements Everyone Should Take


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.

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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.