My Experience With Doxiderol
I was recently contacted about sampling and writing a review about Doxiderol, a brain supplement, manufactured by Mentis Laboratories. As some of you probably could guess, I loved the movie Limitless, and I have been interested in nootropics ever since. This is my first experience with any sort of memory or focus enhancers, so I don’t have anything to compare Doxiderol to, but I can say that I had an overall positive experience.
If you didn’t know, a nootropic is a type of cognitive enhancer that is non-toxic. I want to make this important distinction, because I know many college and graduate students use Adderall, Ritalin, etc. without a prescription in order to study longer/better. I am sure that these drugs probably work…however, I would never ingest or recommend something that could do damage to my body. Nor would I take a controlled substance without a prescription. I said yes to trying Doxiderol because it contains vitamins and supplements. I feel no worse about taking these than I do about taking my protein powder after working out.
I will step off my pedestal and get back to the science! I want to describe a few of the cooler natural compounds found in Doxiderol:
Vitamin B5: We just learned about vitamins and their functions for our first medical school test, so I can tell you all about vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). It is mostly used to synthesize coenzyme A, which is then used as a precursor to a host of other compounds. Most importantly for our discussion, it is a key component of acetlycholine, a neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine is involved in short-term memory and synaptic plasticity, both important in the learning process.
Vitamin B12: Otherwise known as cobalamin, this vitamin is crucial for cellular metabolism and energy production in every cell of the human body. It is also used to regenerate folic acid. Low levels of vitamin B12 in the blood have been linked to brain shrinkage and poor performances on cognitive tests.
Theanine: An amino acid that can cross the blood brain barrier, and is naturally found in green tea. The FDA recognizes this substance as “safe” and it has been shown to decrease mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and work as a mood-booster. In the brain, it works to increase dopamine levels. Theanine works synergistically with my favorite ingredient in Doxiderol…caffeine!
Caffeine: I think every college student, or pre-med knows and has a good relationship with caffeine. It is obviously a stimulant of the central nervous system (CNS), and increases alertness. It easily crosses the blood brain barrier, where it acts as an antagonist of adenosine – a CNS inhibitor.
On the Doxiderol bottle, Mentis Laboratories recommends taking 2 pills, 30 minutes before studying or class. I didn’t know how I would initially react to taking Doxiderol, so I started with one pill before attending lecture one morning. It took a good bit of time for me to start feeling anything, but within in an hour or so I was wide awake, and the time in class seemed to fly (rather than drag) by. The next day, I wanted to see what 2 Doxiderol capsules before class would do. Within 15-20 minutes I felt a slight buzzing behind my eyes, and it was like a large RedBull had just kicked in. I didn’t bother to finish my morning coffee, as I no longer needed it. I was on my game in class. I was completely in the moment rather than day dreaming or texting.
I used the supplement off and on for the two weeks, mostly to prepare for my first medical school test. I modified my approach with it though and started taking 2 supplements before my afternoon/evening study sessions. We all know how hard it is to study for hours upon hours without losing concentration or checking Facebook or email. On Doxiderol, I actually set a timer to remind myself to take 10 minute breaks every hour. I am sure that some of the effects from Doxiderol are psychosomatic, but my girlfriend had some of the same opinions on this nootropic. She is in dental school, and rarely drinks coffee or anything. Doxiderol seemed to affect her more than me. It really woke her up, and she literally studied for 6-7 hours straight on one dose.
There were a couple of side-effects from Doxiderol, although they were mostly to be expected. One time I took it too closely to bed time, and couldn’t sleep (probably from the caffeine). My girlfriend and I also noticed that after taking it we both experienced a bit of dry-mouth. Not real sure what could causes it but I always remembered to bring a bottle of water with me to the library if I was going to use Doxiderol. I also stopped my coffee consumption while taking the pills, as I didn’t want to become jittery.
All in all, I think Doxiderol helped my studying. It mostly functioned to wake me up, like a big cup of coffee would, but I really did notice an increase in my attention span. It won’t make you smarter, but it may give you an extra boost as you crack the books. Depending on my first test score, I may or not be buying another bottle of the nootropic. I am interested in your experience with Doxiderol or other nootropics. Have they helped you?
Disclosure: I was sent one free sample of Doxiderol, however, I receive no compensation or commission from any sales.
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