Bringing stimulation to the brain is a huge topic right now and with good reason; people want greater memory cognition, they need to retain information better and have stronger recall, they want clearer thinking and quicker wit. Some individuals just need to go after it each and every day, due to their complex jobs or juggling all that life has to offer. Who has time to be mentally exhausted? Read on to get the full download on our nootropic brain blend, Neural Nectar.
You can check out an in-depth look at each of the potent herbs that make up Neural Nectar, here. This powerhouse nootropic blend contains a medicinal mushroom and a range of herbs which act as adaptogens:
Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the term 'nootropic'?! You may have heard of things like 'smart pills', biohacking, neurohacking and bulletproof coffees... well we have you covered with our What Are Nootropics? article. Essentially though nootropics are substances which improve mental and cognitive function. And this blend does exactly that!
Neural Nectar is a beautiful addition to your health regime, especially if you are a(n):
If you do some of your own scouting online (feel free to check out Google Scholar), you will quickly see the growing evidence of health benefits of each of the five ingredients that comprise Neural Nectar. We always encourage our SuperFeast community to be sovereign and that is inclusive of being your own detectives, asking questions and researching :)
Remember when you were a kid and you could do a handstand or cartwheel and you'd be fine, no head spin. Our brains and connections, organs and cardiovascular systems are naturally supple. As we age, our tissue loses this suppleness and chances are, you try that headstand in your later years, and you'll be spinning. Nootropic herbs, such as those found in Neural Nectar, tonify our body's foundational ability to keep tissue young and supple and support consistent blood flow to the brain.
It is the Ginko biloba in particular, which reduces stickiness in the blood and increases circulation in the brain. This potent botanical stimulates cerebral circulation, thins the blood and increases dilation of the blood vessels. These actions all allow increased oxygen and nourishment to the brain. Ginkgo's ability to improve circulation and blood flow in the brain makes it a useful and powerful nootropic. White peony encourages systemic circulation, especially to the brain, in fact activation of the hippocampus (part of the brain that stores new information) occurs while using white peony.
Mason (owner of SuperFeast) with fresh Gingko biloba in the pristine hinterlands of China, where we source our herbs Di Tao
Gingko biloba enhances cognition by increasing levels of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter most closely associated with learning, as well as dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with motivation and reward. Further, a number of studies and clinical trials have shown that Ginkgo biloba markedly improves memory.
Spatial working memory has been shown to be positively effected in rat subjects via white peony extracts. Plus research has also demonstrated that Lion's Mane encourages the formation of both nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. These factors support healthy myelin actions, allowing the transport and fluidity of neuronal cell messaging. Rhodiola has been shown to effect improvements in memory and learning, during anima experiments.
The herbs found in Neural Nectar have been used to prevent the degeneration of the brain to bring longevity to overall health, just as traditional herbalists did.
Interestingly, Mucuna is known to reduce the tremors that occur in conditions like Parkinson's disease; it's thought due to the presence of L-dopa (a precursor of neurotransmitter dopamine). Research has suggested that L-dopa can cross the blood-brain barrier and undergo conversion to dopamine, restoring neurotransmission. Rocking neurotransmission is needed for day to day functioning, memory and recall. Obviously if you or your loved ones are suffering from Parkinson's you should discuss any herbal treatments with your healthcare provider.
Studies and clinical trials indicate that Gingko biloba can slow down mild age-related non-Alzheimer’s cognitive decline and significantly reduce cognitive deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Our Neural Nectar blend is extremely high in antioxidants and terpenes, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory, with neuroprotective effects on the brain and bodily systems. Being a potent anti-oxidant blend, brain tissue is protected and preserved. Ginkgo biloba has been shown to enhance certain neuropsychological / memory processes of cognitively intact older adults, 60 years of age and over.
SuperFeast Neural Nectar contains ingredients that are:
Like the sound of this unique brain optimisation formulation? Then head over to the SuperFeast online store and check out Neural Nectar :) A key player in our SuperFeast apothecary, Neural Nectar is a beautiful blend to get your neurons firing.
With brain health and biohacking so hot right now, there are countless synthetic nootropics and brain stimulants on the market. In particular, the biohacking community are heavily into the isolates (the pharmaceutical nootropics), essentially wanting to stimulate the cerebrum and increase neurotransmitter production.
Please know: these synthetics harm the brain in the long term. 'Smart drugs' are synthetic, the long term side effects are not known and results have something of a glass ceiling. Some synthetic smart drugs are addictive and the side effects can be awful. We have heard from many people who have had negative experiences with prolonged use of synthetic nootropics. Beware.
Neural Nectar (along with each and every herb we have in our apothecary) are very carefully processed, fully extracted and ready to be ingested immediately.
Note that Neural Nectar is a particularly potent blend. We suggest to take Neural Nectar in the AM, in fact, we find it is best taken in the morning before food, (unless you are very sensitive in which case it may be best to take with or after food). Start small, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon a day and see how you feel.
Neural Nectar is not temperature sensitive and can be added to any hot or cold beverages or foods. No need for anything special here, simply open your miron jar or kraft bag and add your herbs! A little trick too - feel free to simply upgrade a practice you already have (no need to recreate the wheel here folks) and you are more likely to take your herbs daily. You a smoothie every AM type? Great, whack in your Neural Nectar. Love a little tea in the morning, Neural Nectar can go straight in. And Neural Nectar is an absolute treat in your coffee (see epic recipe just below).
Please note, you can add Neural Nectar to ANYTHING, as you can with all SuperFeast products :) Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:Potent Nootropic Coffee Recipe
According to the ancient Taoist philosophy the brain's health is an accumulation of all the five Yin organs: the Lungs, Heart, Spleen, Liver and Kidneys. What you need to be aware of the is that the essence and capacity of these organs give you the foundation of your healthy brain. So if you are looking at brain gains, you need to therefore focus on the primary essence of all the organs.
This unique adaptogenic nootropic blend has purposely been crafted by Mason (founder of SuperFeast), to work both directly on the brain, but also, to support and nourish all the five organs. As according to the traditions, direct effects on the brain are key but support for organs is vital for overall brain health.
Neural Nectar contains the powerhouse that is ginkgo, which yes, brings circulation directly to the brain, but it also works specifically on the heart and lungs. Lion's Mane provides direct support and nourishment to the spleen. Mucuna is obviously a direct precursor to dopamine and lifting up the neurotransmitters, but it's also a potent Yang Jing herb.
Rhodiola, also a Yang Jing herb, sharpens the mind and helps mental fatigue (so important in our distracted Western society) but it also pours in the Jing energy to the body (want to diver deeper into Jing energy? Listen to our podcast here). In fact, rhodiola is known to bring too much upward energy and, if used solo, can cause burping!! By adding White Peony to the Neural Nectar mix, the Yin Jing nature helps to balance the energy, thus dropping down the energy and nourishing the Yin of the kidneys. White peony also strengthens the capillaries and acts as a circulatory nootropic herb.
As you can see, this wonderful blend has several elements working directly on the brain, to give you that vital neural support, but in line with our Taoist philosophy, the blend also supports all the five organs.
Very few. Ginkgo may have a blood thinning effect (as it increases blood circulation) so those on blood thinning medication are advised to be very cautious with incorporating ginkgo into their lifestyle.
If you experience severe anxiety or are taking antidepressants or any prescription medication, always talk to your practitioner about using nootropics, (due to the ginko biloba).
And we don't suggest to take if pregnant or breastfeeding, there have been two studies suggesting mucuna lowers prolactin. The jury is still out on this one, so better safe than sorry.
You can see why this brainy blend is one of our faves. We'd love for you to join us on our 21 days of Brain Gains (a 21 day email adventure, providing tips, tricks, research and stories to better your brain health), so head over here to sign up and be prepared for a nerdy ride!
ResourcesExtract of mucuna species and the use thereof as anti-parkinsons’s disease
Today we've got Shen, the magical third Treasure of the very famous Three Treasures, on our mind. Known as Jing, Qi and Shen, these Treasures explain the energies that make us, the human!
Recently I had the pleasure of writing a piece for Avena Journal. This journal is for medical herbalists so I got to dive right in to some impressive research. Hope you enjoy, Mase