First of all, when we talk supplements we’re really talking about 1%.
Unless you’re dealing with a clear deficiency then most supplements will only improve results by about 1%… if that.
Before you even consider supplementation, be sure to have the big rocks nailed down first.
Ya know, eating right for your goals, sleeping enough, managing stress, the right dose of training, having fun in life, etc.
Far too often we look at supplements as a band-aid fix.
I can’t sleep.. someone pass me a cocktail of melatonin, 5-HTP, CBD oil, and GABA!
Oh, by the way, I also stay up on my phone all night and watch TV before bed while thinking about all the work I need to get done tomorrow.
See the issue? Let’s work on the wind-down routine first. Then, if you still have sleep issues we can start with ONE supplement at a time 🙂
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There are certain supplements that most people can benefit from… creatine, vitamin d, and fish oil would likely be my top 3. Although context matters.
Your personality profile will also impact the supplementation protocol that makes the most sense for you.
If you really want to go down the supplement rabbit hole, each Neurotype has a specific need that can be assisted through supplementation.
Note: I said assisted. And remember the 1% rule.
Generally speaking, Neurotype 1A’s would want to protect Dopamine levels (L-tyrosine, Rhodiola, Mucuna, and L-theanine have all been shown to increase or support l-dopa in the brain).
Neurotype 1B’s would want to support their Acetylcholine levels (Alpha-GPC or Citicoline) or herbal supplements like Ginseng or Gotu Kola.
Neurotype 2A’s would want to support the sensitivity of the adrenal receptors and dopamine production since adrenaline is fabricated downstream from l-dopa (L-tyrosine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Exogenous Ketones or herbals like Ashwaghanda, Rhodiola, or Licorice Root).
Type 2B’s would want to support GABA production since they don’t make the conversion from Glutamate to GABA efficiently (GABA, L-theanine, Taurine, Glycine, or herbal like Gotu Kola).0000000000
Type 3’s would want to support serotonin production and potentially GABA as well (5-HTP, L-Tryptophan, GABA or herbal remedies like Ashwaghanda, Rhodiola, CBD Oil)
Keep in mind, it’s generally a good idea to start with ONE supplement and see if you notice a difference over time (2-4 weeks) before adding anything else.