With the onset of new technologies, more opportunities to start up multiple businesses and the growing shadow of competition looming over us, it seems like the fast-track of life is just getting faster. The demand to be on top of every new trend can be exhausting and at times disheartening. Back in the good ol’ days of Wall Street the “Wolves” would down a scotch or three to get through the day. In an age where efficiency and ongoing creativity are in demand, entrepreneurs are seeking a “simpler way” of getting that brain boost, something to help them focus and accomplish what needs to be done without that dreaded crash. More and more, these entrepreneurial elite are turning to nootropics.
Nootropics (from the Greek “noos,” for “mind,”) also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention (Wikipedia). Once known to have a small body of believers, nootropics have gone mainstream, finding devotees among the 21st century’s high caliber business elite.
Luckily for us we have our own resident nootropic herb expert. New Maverick member #268 Logan Christopher is the Co-Founder of Super Man Herbs: a web site he started with his two brothers that specializes in super foods and herbs. Logan and his brothers are in the process of adding some of the best quality formulas, based on Chinese Tonic Herbalism, Super Food Technologies and Cutting Edge Research for achieving your goal of becoming a super man or woman.
We recently had the privilege of listening to Logan talk about Herb Nootropics. He believes in a more natural approach, especially since many of the synthetic nootropic (modafinil) drugs are untested. Some of his favorite nootropics are:
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom – medicinal and powerful. The most famous is reishi mushroom. Lion’s Mane is known for it’s incredible immune boosting qualities. It’s been used to treat cancer. Something I thought was interesting is that fungus have immune systems similar to our own. Lion’s Mane also has certain compounds that help boost nerve growth factor in alzheimer’s and dementia. He strongly recommends not waiting for either of these conditions to affect you. Start taking Lion’s Mane now to prevent. He puts it in his coffee and notices his memory is more spot on. He also finds his words easier.
- Rhodiola – has far ranging benefits. It’s an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body adapt better to changes, especially stress. A little bit of stress is good for your body. Rhodiola promotes physical and mental energy – especially withstanding fatigue. It helps you handle work capacity and supports your ability to keep going.
- Schizandra – also an adaptogen that offers more of a mental benefit. It gives you the focus and clarity you get from drinking a cup of coffee but without the buzz. It’s the top herb from Chinese medicine that’s known as a five flavor fruit, meaning it has all 5 flavors! It’s also great for detoxing the liver. An interesting side not – the Russians have been studying how it improves night vision.
- Bacopa – Named brami –after Brahmā, the creator God of the Hindu pantheon. It gives you focus without the buzz. Upon taking it you will receive immediate clarity. Bacopa is his personal favorite.
- Gotu Kola – a top regarded herb that’s used for meditation – helps clear the mind and allows you a sense of well being and peace.
- Lemon Bomb – “gotu kola of the west”. Has powerful aromatic qualities. It enters your body just by smelling the plant.
- Ginseng – Improves cognition.
- Note: Sleep, eating well need to be happening before you bring in the herbs
- Ginkgo Biloba – Helps improve memory
- Coffee – Although there are several health benefits, coffee can be overused. it’s addictive, so it’s best to lay off of every now and then. Logan uses coffee as a driver for the other herbs. He likes to put lions mane in the french press with the coffee.
- Rosemary – Considered a cognitive and circulatory stimulate.
At the end of the conversation, Logan made a point of saying that these nootropic herbs are not meant to suddenly solve all of your problems. They’re meant to be consumed while you are eating a healthy diet and getting lots of sleep. He also stresses that because everyone functions differently, you may have to take some time to test and see what works best for you.
Are you interested in learning more about how Nootropics can benefit your health and increase your performance abilities? Visit Logan on his web site at supermanherbs.com.