Supplement Talk Saturday/Sunday: DMAE

Supplement Talk Saturday/Sunday: DMAE

These things together make a great eye cream!

Since I have tried a lot of supplements and I also love researching, I have decided to do posts on supplements every week. I will be presenting what each one is, the alleged benefits, the research done on it and my experience with it.

I really hope that these posts will be of interest to someone. They certainly are to me! As always, remember that I am not a health professional/expert. I am just doing some reading on things and showing my findings.

For this first post I will be focusing on DMAE which I used a few years ago.

DMAE: What it is, benefits and side effects

DMAE has a chemical name of, 2-dimethylaminoethanol. It is said to help the brain by increasing acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter). Because this chemical is supposed to help our brains, it is considered a nootropic.

One can find it in ready-made pills, powder, supplement stacks, beauty products and it also occurs in fatty fish. The supplementation dosage appears to range from 250-1700 mg per day.

The alleged benefits of DMAE include:

1. May have anti-aging benefits when applied to the skin.

2. May treat ADHD

3. May improve physical energy

4. May improve memory

5. May treat Alzheimer’s

6. May improve focus

The side effects include:

1. Fatigue

2. Headaches

3. Anger

4. Depression

5. Worsening of bipolar symptoms

DMAE: Scientific evidence

As a lot of supplements go, the scientific evidence is not always strong. There have obviously been some positive benefits shown with it which is why it is being marketed as helping in the aforementioned areas.

When people read about it possibly treating Alzheimer’s disease, they probably get really excited. The unfortunate thing is that there seems to be even less evidence that it would help for this condition than there is for the other alleged benefits.

The anti-aging benefit that is talked about seems pretty promising from the few articles I have read. They have shown that applying it to the skin can firm up the wrinkles, lines and folds you might have. It probably will not give you a face lift like result as some people in the beauty industry say that it does though.

I was not able to find many research articles regarding DMAE and it helping with cognition. Clearly there must have been some research studies done. If we are just go by the anecdotal evidence, it seems like it is really good for people’s focus and mental speed for tasks.

There is also one study that I found stating that DMAE might be beneficial for improving mood. It was part of a supplement containing other things though so it is hard to say if it alone actually helps. The fact that one of the side effects can be depression is something to note if one decides to take it for this purpose.

My experience with DMAE

A few years ago I supplemented with DMAE. Anecdotally, I did experience quite a bit of mental and physical energy. This was at a pretty low dose though (350 mg a day).

When I decided to double the dosage, I then started having negative effects. This included me feeling angry and having horrible headaches. These kinds of headaches were the ones that don’t respond very well to Tylenol.

The way I took DMAE was through capsules that I made. I bought the powder from Bulk Supplements ( https://www.bulksupplements.com/products/dmae-bitartrate-powder?_pos=1&_sid=8b177b7c5&_ss=r) along with geletin capsules and micro spoons ( https://www.amazon.com/Aozita-Pack-Lab-Spatula-Nickel-Stainless/dp/B075VLJQDZ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=powder+spoons&qid=1578245839&sr=8-6). I made one capsule and took it every morning. When I was taking two doses, I would take one in the morning and one in the evening.

After a while, I decided to quit taking it. I just got sick of making the capsules everyday and did not think it was necessary to supplement with it anymore.

Will I ever take it again?

I do not have plans of supplementing with it by mouth again. When it comes to the anti-aging benefits, I will be trying it in a cream form. I found a recipe on LeafTV that I will be following ( https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-make-dmae-cream/).

To make the cream, I will be using the Bulk Supplement’s DMAE powder, Vanicream Lite Lotion, and rosehip oil. I plan on starting this after I get daycare business income coming in. I will most likely also start using a glycolic acid serum each evening and then putting the DMAE cream on after I let it sink in.

I am not going to keep my hopes up that the DIY cream will work for me. My guess is that I will need to get fillers if I want my folds to reduce in severity. I thought that my face would recover and snap back after my fat loss but it is looking like it won’t.

Have any of you taken DMAE in some form? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12844472

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300230

https://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=21390

https://examine.com/supplements/dmae/

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Nootropics

Nootropics

Back in 2014, I came across an article about things that increase your cognition and longevity of your life. Little did I know that I had actually taken some of them before. I just had never heard of the word “Nootropics” before.

What are Nootropics?

If you do not already know, Nootropics are a group of different chemicals that are said to help with your cognition. By “help”, researchers mean that they do things like enhance concentrate, increase your memory and make it easier to learn.

There are so many things that are considered to be under the Nootropics label but you have to be careful and read up on them to make sure that you do not suffer any side effects (see here: https://www.mindlabpro.com/blog/nootropics/are-nootropics-safe/ ).

A lot of these Nootropics are easy to find and buy (caffeine is considered a Nootropic!). The stronger ones such as ADHD medication require a prescription of course.

Why did I decide to try new ones?

I was just really intrigued by getting smarter. Who does not want to be a little smarter?! Having dyscalculia made me feel so stupid back then.

At that time I was also considering going to back to school for physician assisting so I felt like I would need a safe supplement to get me through the math classes.

The ones I had taken before (I did not know they were Nootropics) did not really do anything for me cognition wise. At least not anything that I noticed.

Here is what I tried and my experiences with them

  1. Holy Basil (see here: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#brain-benefits )- This stuff is amazing! It is supposed to help anxiety and I can say that it did for me. I took it in pill form.
  2. Noopept (see here: https://www.developinghumanbrain.org/noopept/)- I took the smallest dosage as recommended for two months straight and noticed nothing. It was supposed to boost my memory and enhance my senses but I experienced none of that. Maybe it works for other people though.
  3. Aniracetam (see here: https://www.healthline.com/health/aniracetam#benefits )- This one is said to be potent and help with cognition, ADHD, anxiety and depression. I took 500 mg (most people start off with 750 mg) because I am sensitive to medications and supplements. Within an hour or so of the first time taking it, I felt really zoned out and had a headache. It was not fun. I took it a few other times with the same results and decided it was not for me.
  4. Oxiracetam(see here: https://www.braintropic.com/nootropics/oxiracetam/ )- This one is supposed to be good for cognitive functioning and energy. I took a little less than the recommend dosage (1200-2400 mg) for several days. It took a little over an hour for it to kick in but boy did it! I had so much energy and felt great. If I had to pick a Nootropic to take instead of caffeine, it would be this one.
  5. Phenylpiracetam (see here: https://www.braintropic.com/nootropics/phenylpiracetam/ )- This one is supposed to be like Oxiracetam in that it is supposed to give you an energy boost as well as provide cognitive benefits. I took it for a few days and noticed that the effects were a little more powerful than Oxiracetam at first. I built up a tolerance to it pretty quick though.
  6. DMAE (see here: https://www.healthline.com/health/senior-health/dmae)- This is supposed to help with moods and cognitive functioning. I did not like it all even at a really small dosage. It made me feel sick and gave me a bad headache.

In conclusion

I have tried a lot of Nootropics unknowingly as I am sure a lot of people have (there are so many). Caffeine is still my favorite due to the fact that it is cheaper and readily available.

If you are interested in trying the ones I listed or any others, please do some research first. There can be some bad side effects if you take too much or are on a medication that does not mix well with whichever one you decide to take.

Here is a great list of Nootropics to check out: https://nootropicsexpert.com/nootropics-list