Tim Ferris on “Smart Drugs” & Favorite (Natural) Nootropics

Tim Ferris, best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, talks about his favorite mental performance supplements. While Tim experimented with popular nootropics in the past, he has since shifted to more sustainable and reliable ways to improve the cognitive function. Here are some of the things Tim recommended in his video:

 

1 – Creatine plus Ubiquinol (baseline) –for people with Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases in their family that might have a mitochondrial basis this is a good combo to take on a daily basis.

 

2 – Lion’s Mane – two options:
a. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane & Chaga – “this will extremely impact your cognitive mental state so I would suggest starting with a half dose if you go for this. I have to use this with some moderation because I’m very sensitive to it but two three times a week when I really need to put on the gas this works very well.”;
b. Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Tea (no coffee) – the “decaf” version.

 

3 – Yerba Mate – tea from South America; 3 different brands:
a. Cruz de Malta
b. Jesper
c. Anna Park
Yerba Mate Gourds – Tim mentions using these for ingesting the Yerba Mate tea. (Please watch video for Tim’s basic instructions on how to use the gourd for making tea.)

 

4 – Synthetic or Exogenous Ketones – in order of intensity and “disgusting” factor:
a. KetoCaNa – “a powder, tastes a lot like lemonade or Gatorade, and the benefits of all of these are going to be decreased oxygen requirements. So when I’m in deep ketosis –meaning, dietary ketosis – so I’ve fasted and then followed what is similar to Atkins diet – my breath hold time doubles. It’s very fascinating and I’ve seen this in other people as well. This can have that effect even if you are consuming a carbohydrate-based diet or carbohydrate-rich diet.”
b. KetoForce (KetoSports) – liquid, to mix with water; very alkaline (Tim recommends adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice to counteract that with some acidity.)
c. Butanediol
d. Sodium Potassium BHB Salts

 

 

To measure his BHB (Beta-hydroxybutyrate, one of the ketone bodies) concentration, Tim uses the Precision Xtra Blood Glucose & Ketone Meter.

source: Tim Ferris’ Blog

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