Alpha glyceryl phosphorylcholine is a choline-based supplement. Alpha GPC rapidly delivers choline to the brain by crossing the blood-brain barrier. This increases it's bioavailability and absorption as compared to other choline-containing supplements. It has benefits for both brain and body. It may enhance cognitive functions, increases power output, improve memory recall and also has been shown to have neuroprotective properties which may aid in cognitive ageing decline.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee and cacao plants.
It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system. The use of caffeine has been linked to improved concentration, increase alertness, contributing to an increase in endurance performance, contributing to an increase in endurance capacity and it may aid in enhancing fat loss.
Vinpocetine is a synthetic alkaloid derived from the periwinkle plant. It has been shown to support memory and cognitive function. Vinpocetine also appears to have a role in neuroprotection and reducing neural inflammation. Vinpocetine also increases the synthesis of several neurotransmitters that could positively affect critical brain functions such as memory recall, focus, mood and reaction time.
TeaCrine®, a patented compound, has energy-boosting effects similar to caffeine, but without the jitters, crash and habituation that often accompanies caffeine.
It supports mental clarity and improved motivation and mood. TeaCrine® contains pure theacrine, which is found in natural sources such as the Kucha tea leaf.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that has been shown in some studies to improve energy levels and reduce stress. It is found most commonly in tea.
Studies show that when taken, L-Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier and increases the levels of the neurotransmitter’s serotonin, GABA, and dopamine This can have beneficial effects as it helps promote a relaxed state while maintaining alertness. It has also been shown to have protective effects on the brain by antagonizing glutamate toxicity. L-theanine and caffeine also work synergistically. Caffeine use can have unwanted effects like increased heart rate, blood pressure, and anxious/jittery feelings. L-theanine seems to reduce these negative side effects while maintaining alertness. The combination of caffeine and L Theanine is considered by many to be the best place for a beginner to start with nootropics.