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Optimizing brain function...

Commented on May 13, 2014
Created May 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Paleo has changed my life. My body AND mind are functioning better than ever. It's more than I ever hoped for.

But... I'm greedy. I want more! What can you recommend to both preserve our mental faculties into old age and enhance brain function today?

I've actually been looking into pharmaceutical nootropics but would prefer to do as much as I can through food and supplements.

Some starting points:

Choline, fish oils, potassium, and magnesium seem very important. B-vitamins seem more important yet! Could you add to this or elaborate on details?

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on May 13, 2014
at 10:03 PM

Exercise is also my answer. There's tons of evidence out there that exercise is good for the brain.

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on May 13, 2014
at 03:18 PM

I'm not so sure ketosis has anything to do with it. I've transitioned to a fairly high-carb diet (still low by conventional American standards: well under 300 grams) and a bit of exercise followed by a couple fruits gets my brain flying! Fatty fish too, probably because of the rush of B vitamins (particularly B12), omega 3, and other vitamins/minerals it contains.

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on May 13, 2014
at 05:27 AM

Sweet. Programming is the shit. This book was a fun one.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-Schemer-4th-Edition/dp/0262560992

"In 1974, Daniel P. Friedman published a little book called The Little LISPer. It was only 68 pages, but it did a remarkable thing: It could teach you to think recursively. After reading the book, I was changed. Or perhaps transformed. Or altered. In a good way. There are very few books that deeply change the way that you think. This is one of those books."

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on May 12, 2014
at 08:28 PM

Yeah I'm doing this seesaw. I'm teaching myself programming and might also pick up another language in a bit. In fact I find new ways to challenge my mind all the time with stuff I've never practiced or been good at. I think it really helps to maintain neuroelasticity.

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at 06:28 AM

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http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/23457-vinpocetine-ditch-it/

Cerebral vasodilation doesn't sound like a fun time.

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on May 13, 2014
at 11:31 AM

I'm curious as to how the community feels about nootropics as well. Every winter, I get a complex (Huperzine A, Galantamine, Vinpocetine, etc) and it always really helps to combat the effects of the season. Hmm...I'm going to look into that.

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on May 13, 2014
at 09:23 AM

I find I feel most mentally sharp after doing intense exercise then eating coconut (fresh raw coconut meat preferably) or even straight fat afterwards like butter, I think this is due to the exercise & MCT's getting me into ketosis, so also not having too many carbs, and playing music/reading books. I also find sometimes when I eat fatty fish I get a rush of mental energy.

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on May 13, 2014
at 03:18 PM

I'm not so sure ketosis has anything to do with it. I've transitioned to a fairly high-carb diet (still low by conventional American standards: well under 300 grams) and a bit of exercise followed by a couple fruits gets my brain flying! Fatty fish too, probably because of the rush of B vitamins (particularly B12), omega 3, and other vitamins/minerals it contains.

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on May 12, 2014
at 05:50 AM

Why not try something to really challenge yourself intellectually, such as learn a new language or obtain a new professional certification on the side? Or learn a new instrument, etc

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(624)

on May 12, 2014
at 08:28 PM

Yeah I'm doing this seesaw. I'm teaching myself programming and might also pick up another language in a bit. In fact I find new ways to challenge my mind all the time with stuff I've never practiced or been good at. I think it really helps to maintain neuroelasticity.

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on May 12, 2014
at 06:28 AM

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on May 12, 2014
at 12:09 AM

I'm curious if anyone could share their opinion of using vinpocetine?

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on May 12, 2014
at 05:31 AM

http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/23457-vinpocetine-ditch-it/

Cerebral vasodilation doesn't sound like a fun time.

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on May 11, 2014
at 10:55 PM

Exercise. Mental and physical.

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on May 13, 2014
at 10:03 PM

Exercise is also my answer. There's tons of evidence out there that exercise is good for the brain.

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on May 11, 2014
at 06:06 PM

Can't really help you.

But I know over at bulletproofexec they are pretty into the nootropics and brain enhancment/optimization hacks. Certainly worth checking out if you haven't already.

Another place you may want to look for answers is #nootropics on the IRC...if you don't mind feeling old.

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