Do you take Adderall? If so, do you want to maximize its usefulness without becoming addicted?
Nootropics are safe supplements that can help you think more clearly and focus better. They're designed to work with Adderall in order to prevent addiction.
In this article I'll discuss 3 nootropics I take with my Adderall to maximize its usefulness without becoming addicted.
You don't have to be a college student or professional who needs an extra boost of energy during the day in order for these nootropics to be useful for you!
Anyone who takes Adderall will benefit from taking these nootropics as well because they reduce the risk of addiction while increasing the benefits of using it.
So without further ado, let's get started!
Nootropics Work Synergistically With Adderall
Some nootropics work very well with Adderall, both in terms of enhancing focus and creativity.
Combining different compounds and blends is usually referred to as stacking.
Stacking is the process of combining different supplements or drugs in order to maximize their effects.
When we take Nootropics with Adderall, this is in essence what we're doing, stacking them.
In the following section, I'll go into detail about 3 nootropics that are effective for this purpose.
Racetams work by increasing the brain's sensitivity to neurotransmitters, which results in better focus and concentration - even with little or nothing else done on your part!
The result is enhanced memory (including working memory), increased mental clarity, better comprehension, and more accurate decision-making abilities.
Popular Racetams include:
Compared to Piracetam (the original racetam), Aniracetam is much stronger - meaning it has a positive effect on mood as well.
Also known for its anti-anxiety benefits, Aniracetam's effects are similar to those of a prescription drug like Xanax - only without the side-effects or addictive properties!
As I've mentioned before, Adderall depletes choline levels. This means that if you don't restore them, your brain will suffer as a result.
If this happens consistently over time it can lead to serious problems, such as "brain fog", memory loss or in my case nasty headaches.
Fortunately, there are a number of excellent choline supplements available to prevent this from happening.
Choline is also known for its positive effects on mood - making it an invaluable tool in the fight against Adderall-induced depression!
"We previously found that choline supplementation increased adult hippocampal neurogenesis, a function compromised by stress, lowered in depression, and boosted by antidepressants; and increased levels of growth factors linked to depression, like brain-derived neurotrophic factor."
Perhaps best known for its ability to decrease anxiety and improve concentration, L-theanine is quickly becoming one of the most well-researched and promising nootropic compounds on the market.
There is also evidence to suggest it can help reduce or even prevent feelings of "Adderall Crash" (fatigue and depression) as well.
Additionally, L-theanine is capable of increasing brain levels of the neurotransmitter Serotonin - which can help to improve mood and promote relaxation!
If you take any of the 3 nootropics listed above with Adderall, you will have a much more positive experience.
Of course, Adderall is still going to be habit-forming so you should still take steps to minimize your use of the drug.
Personally, I recommend taking no more than 25mg per day - and even less if possible (I personally only take 5 to 25 mg daily combined with Choline, L-theanine and one of the Racetams.)
This will help you get the most out of Adderall while minimizing its potential for negative side-effects.
Vitamins To Take With Adderall
When you take Adderall, there are a lot of different vitamins you can take to make sure you are maximizing your results.
B-Vitamins are essential for mental function and energy production.
When you take Adderall, it can deplete the B-vitamins in your body which may lead to a crash from taking too much of this medication.
You should make sure that if you do decide to take Adderall, you supplement with a b complex vitamin to prevent the crash.
If you are deficient in these vitamins, it can lead to depression, fatigue and trouble concentrating.
Vitamin B-12 is extremely important for brain function as well as energy levels which will be depleted quickly when taking Adderall due to its effects on stimulating neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
These B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning your body does not store them. You need to replenish these nutrients daily or you can suffer from symptoms of deficiency like fatigue and mental fogginess.
Adderall and Magnesium
Magnesium is another very important mineral that you should supplement with when taking Adderall.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 different chemical reactions in your body, including neurotransmitter production which will be affected by the medication.
Magnesium also helps protect neurons and supports healthy brain function as well as heart health, strong bones and a healthy immune system.
The perfect dose is usually between 50 to 500 mg.
Vitamin D And Adderall
Vitamin D builds up slowly in the body through diet and sunlight exposure.
It is a fat-soluble vitamin (or hormone) that has many important functions in your central nervous system, cardiovascular system and immune system.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression, stress sensitivity, chronic pain (including headaches), fatigue, muscle weakness or aches/pains associated with fibromyalgia and should be supplemented with if you are deficient.
The perfect dose is usually between 2000 to 5000 IU daily, but it varies depending on how low your levels are. You can get a test from your doctor or order one yourself online to see where your levels are.
If you are deficient, it is best to start with a low dose and work your way up until you reach the perfect level for your body composition and needs.
The safe vitamin D upper limit is 5000 IU daily if taken orally (and this can be taken in one dose or several small doses throughout the day).
L-Tyrosine And Adderall
L-tyrosine is an amino acid that is important in the process of making dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and thyroid hormones.
This also helps with memory formation as well as improving your cognitive function through various processes like attention span and focus.
L-tyrosine can be used to treat depression when taken daily at 1000 mg doses over a long period of time.
It is important to take l-tyrosine with other amino acids, especially those that have a high amount of branched-chain amino acids which are crucial for cognitive function and energy levels as well as heart health.
When you stack L-tyrosine with Adderall, you are truly increasing your cognitive abilities.
It is best to take l-tyrosine about 60 minutes before you plan on taking Adderall so that it will have time to absorb into your body and reach the brain in high amounts, making it most effective for enhancing the effects of this medication.