Homer Simpson might have threatened to stab his brain with a q-tip, but the rest of us? We're ready to tickle our Thinky Brains into a new level of tingle and verve with something like CILTEP. The acronym is strange, yes, I know, but I didn't name it. All I do know is that CILTEP is packed with brain-boosting herbs that make focus and studying a bit easier to handle, whether you're a student or just studious.
There's nothing wrong with your brain, or my brain, for that matter. Let's just say that right away. And yet. Many of us drink coffee, or have a little bit of a snack at certain times of the day through a need for a pick-me-up or just a comforting routine. What if you need something like coffee, but without that jittery rush? Something that could clear away a little fog and help you to buckle down with that project or that research or that homework? That would be pretty sweet.
And that's where we come to CILTEP. There's just 5 ingredients, each with a reason to be in the formula. All together, they can give our determination and focus a boost for several hours or more. So what's it really like? After a good amount of experimenting, I found that my work tasks were a bit more concentrated, a little more directed. There are lots of folks out in the biohacking and paleosphere who have used this supplement and can tell you the huge benefits they've seen, like being able to make it through med school or focusing on a serious final exam.
To my mind, the potential is huge and the downside is almost zero—trying this stuff out is a great way to bring some mindfulness to your day and potentially a breakthrough in some project that's been lagging. The research is solid and, honestly, these kinds of additions to our diets are something that might be the next level of self-care. Years ago we considered coffee to be a bit more serious of a drug than it seems to be now. We've normalized coffee consumption and have a good relationship with this peppy chemical that makes our brains perk up in the mornings. CILTEP and things like it will get that way, too, if my prediction is correct.
Basically what CILTEP does is adds some natural herbs to your system that are known to have good effects on energy, cell signaling, and metabolism. Here's some of those details.
Want to get wonky? Here's all the nitty-gritty on Natural Stacks' website.
Artichoke Extract: contains Luteolin which is a natural inhibitor of the enzyme PDE4. This enzyme is present in neurons where it breaks down CREB activating cAMP. CREB activation is important for long-term potentiation, a process vital to learning and memory. Inhibiting PDE4 and thus increasing cAMP levels in neurons has been shown to increase long-term potentiation.
Forskolin: is derived from the plant Coleus forskohlii and is used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It has the property of increasing levels of cAMP in cells. Combined with Luteolin from Artichoke extract, forskolin synergistically increases the duration and levels of cAMP in neurons.
L-Phenylalanine: an essential amino acid present in many foods. When CREB is activated studies have shown that transcription of the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase is increased leading to an increased rate of dopamine metabolism . L-Phenylalanine is the natural precursor to dopamine and thus helps supply the necessary amino acid fuel for that metabolism.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR): an acetylated form of the amino acid L-Carnitine. L-Carnitine is present in many foods but can also be synthesized in the liver. When cAMP is increased in neurons by forskolin, studies have shown that levels of acetylcholinesterase are also increased. We added ALCAR to the stack to help mitigate the effects of increased acetylcholinesterase on short-term memory and energy.
Vitamin B6: an essential vitamin and an important enzymatic cofactor that helps the body produce essential neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, and GABA. It helps activate DOPA decarboxylase, an enzyme directly downstream from tyrosine hydroxylase in dopamine metabolism and thus helps to maintain optimal dopamine metabolism under conditions of increased Tyrosine Hydroxylase that occur during CREB enhanced LTP.
Because this is not merely a 'vitamin' but a super supplement, use with both enthusiasm and with care. Take according to the package:
For optimal mental performance, take a serving of 2-3 capsules immediately upon waking on an empty stomach. Do not take more than 3 capsules per day.
Some users find that a moderate dose of caffeine in the morning and/or early afternoon extends and optimizes results.
CILTEP can be taken daily, however we advise taking 1-2 days off per week (weekends for example).
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