Many who first become interested in cognitive enhancers get confused as to the wide variety of substances out there. Or as to why a certain nootropic works wonders for one person, but does very little for the next. The answer to this common question lies within the fact that each and every one of us has our own unique brain chemistry. Meaning that just like your fingerprints, no two people on earth has the exact same version - or in this case balance of neurotransmitters in their brain (the chemical messengers that largely determines our personality, behavior and thinking preferences).
One of the pioneers in the field of neurochemistry and behavioral correlations is Dr. Eric Braverman, author of The Edge Effect(highly recommended). What he has found, through tons of research and clinical experience is that there are four primary neurotransmitter categories in which every person can be grouped in as dominant or deficient. And the balance of these four neurotransmitters is what largely determines their personality, behavioral and thinking preferences.
According to Braverman balance is the key. He describes this as the "Edge Effect," which is the combined effect of optimizing these four neurotransmitters to produce a cascade of health and wellness.
Braverman offers a simple metaphor which can be found useful in understanding the brain’s neurotransmitter levels. Think of your brain as a car:
Set a few minutes aside then click here to start the simple online assessment that will help you to determine any major neurotransmitter deficiencies in terms of your brain chemistry. Try to answer honestly and positively according to how you feel most of the time and not only in specific instances.
Any identified deficiencies with a score of higher than 10 should be addressed through a combination of diet, supplements, and lifestyle. Activating neurotransmitters are best utilized during waking hours and inhibiting neurotransmitters best utilized during sleep.
1) Dopamine- Activating
Abundance (low score) indicates thinking intuitives, extroverts, better libido, better memory, increased brain voltage. Deficiency (high score) is correlated with ADHD and focus / concentration issues.
Dopaminergic nootropics: Click here.
2) Acetylcholine - Activating
Abundance (low score) indicates intuitive feelers, better imagination, better memory, increased brain speed. Deficiency (high score) is correlated with memory problems, forgetfulness and thought processing speed.
Cholinergic nootropics: Click here.
3) GABA - Inhibiting
Abundance (low score) indicates sensing judging, increased calmness, organized and traditional, sleep effect. Deficiency (high score) is correlated with anxiety and nervousness.
4) Serotonin- Inhibiting
Abundance (low score) indicates feeling, sensitive perceivers, increased harmony, anti-depressant effect. Deficiency (high score) is correlated with anger, depression and compulsive behavior.
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