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Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR)

Summary: Carnitine is an amino acid that the body makes, uses and modifies as part of a healthy metabolism. L-Carnitine is a supplement typically used to improve cognition, elevate depression and improve exercise performance.  Acetyl-L-carnitine is a similar compound to L-Carnitine with the main difference being that it uses an acetyl group that connects to the carnitine using an oxygen molecule, and reported to be more effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier.   Effects: - Improved attention span - Better cognition in eldery patients - Improved ADHD symptoms in children - Fatigue reduction - Anti-oxidant effects - Treatment of fibromyalgia...

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N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

Summary: L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that can be made in the body through diet or obtained through supplementation. It is used by cells to synthesize proteins, produce thyroid hormones and to produce catecholamine neurotransmitters such as dopamine and adrenaline.   Effects: - Improves cognition during stress - Improves working memory  - Reduction of stress symptoms - Improves mood  - Reduction in blood pressure   References: Role of N-terminus ofTyrosine Hydroxylase in the Biosynthesis of Catecholamines Treatment With Tyrosine,  a Neurotransmitter Precursor, Reduces Environmental Stress in Humans Tyrosine Improves Cognitive Performance and Reduces Blood Pressure in Cadets After One Week of...

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Bacopa Monnieri

SUMMARY Bacopa monnieri is an herb found in Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It has been used in traditional medicine to enhance cognition, improve memory and promote longevity. Other names include brahmi, thyme-leafed gratiola, water hyssop, herb of grace and Indian pennywort.  EFFECTS - May increase memory formation- Possible reduction in memory loss- May increase levels of serotonin- May help to combat systems of stress- Potential antioxidant properties- Could help symptoms of depression and anxiety  REFERENCES   Bacopa Monniera Leaf Extract Up-Regulates Tryptophan Hydroxylase (TPH2) and Serotonin Transporter (SERT) Expression: Implications in Memory Formation Bacopa Monniera...

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Phosphatidylserine

SUMMARY:   Phosphatidylserine is an amino acid compound that has similarities to fat. It is also referred to as a phospholipid, a fat-based substance that enables messages to be sent throughout the brain while protecting brain cells and the structures around them.     EFFECTS:  - Memory improvement- Possible enhancement of cognitive function- Improvement of stress symptoms- Possible improvement of Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms- May improve symptoms of depression  References: Phospholipids and sports performance  ​Influence of Phosphatidylserine on (Na+ + K+)-stimulated ATPase and Acetylcholinesterase Activities of Dog Brain Synaptosomal Plasma Membranes Effects of phosphatidylserine in age‐associated memory impairment. ​ The Effects of IQPLUS...

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L-theanine

Summary: L-Theanine is a non-dietary amino acid and one of the main ingredients in green tea. Being a non-protein amino acid, it is not used by the body to make enzymes.     Effects: - May improve cognition and brain function - Helps with stress - Improves symptoms of depression - May improve symptoms of schizophrenia - May help with asthma and airway inflammation   References: The Neuropharmacology of L-theanine(N-ethyl-L-glutamine): A Possible Neuroprotective and Cognitive Enhancing Agent Effects of Chronic L-Theanine Administration in Patients With Major Depressive Disorder: An Open-Label Study Effect of L-theanine on Glutamatergic Function in Patients With...

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