By: Alex LaCroix, Attorney & Internationally Published Author on Cognitive Enhancement
From the Ivy League to the National Football League: focus matters. Indeed, the recent surge in Adderall-related NFL suspensions1 demonstrates that competitive pressures—both academic and athletic—have elite competitors turning to unsustainable (and often illegal) prescription drugs for an edge.
The silver lining of these pressures is the recent proliferation of sustainable, safe and legal cognitive enhancement supplements in the form of nootropic stacks (i.e., combinations of multiple nootropics). Nootropics are substances that enhance mental functions such as memory, focus and/or clarity. Some of the most powerful and well-studied nootropics are as follows:

  • Vinpocetine: enhances focus/memory by increasing cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery.2
  • Alpha GPC: spikes acetylcholine levels while reducing oxidative stress on the brain. 3
  • Phosphatidylserine: boosts acetylcholine levels and enhances neuromuscular control. 4
  • Huperzine A: maintains acetylcholine levels by inhibiting the antagonistic enzymes. 5
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine: ups energy by attacking toxic fatty acids in the mitochondria. 6
  • L-Tyrosine: elevates alertness and mood. 7

Like an orchestra, these ingredients quickly build to a harmonious crescendo of enhanced cognition when combined properly by a reputable manufacturer. Accordingly, consider boosting your focus with one of the cognitive enhancement products that Natural Partners has carefully selected based on stringent quality, safety and efficacy criteria.

1. Bradley, “Adderall Remains Drug of Choice for Many NFL Players,” Sep. 10, 2013.

2. Jha, M., Rahman, M., & Sheikh, H. (2011). VINPOCETINE: A SMART DRUG AND A SMART NUTRIENT: A REVIEW. The International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 3(2), 346-352.
3. Blusztajn, J. (1998). Choline, a Vital Amine. Developmental Neuroscience,281(5378), 794-795.
4. Lerer, B., Oppenheim, Y., Kelly, D., Gorfine, M., Kampf-Sherf, O., & Schreiber, S. (2000). An open trial of plant-source derived phosphatydilserine for treatment of age-related cognitive decline.. The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 37(4), 302-7; Kidd, P. (2005). Neurodegeneration from mitochondrial insufficiency: nutrients, stem cells, growth factors, and prospects for brain rebuilding using integrative management.. Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal Of Clinical Therapeutic, 10(4), 268-93.
5. Raves, M., Harel, M., Pang, Y., Silman, I., Kozikowski, A., & Sussman, J. (1997). Structure of acetylcholinesterase complexed with the nootropic alkaloid, (-)-huperzine A.. Nature Structural Biology,4, 57 – 63.
6.  Chiari, G., & Cipolli, C. (1990). Effects of L-acetylcarnitine on mental deterioration in the aged: initial results. Clinical Therapeutics, 6, 132: 479-510.
7. Deijen, J., & Orlebeke, J. (1994). Effect Of Tyrosine On Cognitive Function And Blood Pressure Under Stress. Brain Research Bulletin, 33(3), 319-323; Grevet, E. H., Tietzmann, M. R., Shansis, F. M., Hastenpflug, C., Santana, L. C., Forster, L., et al. (2002). Behavioural Effects Of Acute Phenylalanine And Tyrosine Depletion In Healthy Male Volunteers. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 16(1), 51-55.

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