Its time to level up! Magic Sports Nutrition brings you a fine blend of MUSHIES and HERBS with a bit of natural caffeine and B-Vitamins for a good boost... and a handful of other neuroprotective and valuable nootropic nutraceuticals!
This is stack covers you to feel awesome today, and working toward long term brain and body health.
30 Serves / 30 Scoops
Lions Mane Mushroom Extract (1,000mg);
Bacopa Monnieri Extract (1,000mg);
Peak O2 (500mg);
Korean Ginseng Extract (200mg);
Natural Caffeine (100mg);
NeuroFactor Coffee Berry Extract (100mg);
Vitamin B Premix (50mg);
Zingiber Officinale Extract (50mg);
CellCharge Fulvic Minerals (100mg).
Mix ONE scoop with 400ml of cold water and drink before you get into your mentally demanding activities of the day.
Why use Ashwagandha?
Chronic stress and a poor sleep quality over an extended period of time will result in an excess in cortisol (the stress hormone) resulting in the following:
Inability to focus
Increase in weight
Feelings of anxiety
More and more people are turning towards Ashwagandha to better support the body’s stress response to external/internal stimuli allowing feelings of calmness, reduced feelings of anxiety, improved mood, enhanced sleep and overall cognitive performance.
This formula was formulated to provide fast-acting results typically seen in 1 week or less by taking only 250mg of Sensoril Ashwagandha per night (ONE SCOOP).
Why choose Head Honcho Ashwagandha?
At Head Honcho Supplements we pride ourselves in using only the best, high-quality ingredients each backed with clinical studies as well as the blend itself being backed with long historical ayurvedic use and modern clinical data. We take full control of all steps leading to the production of our products from sourcing, formulating, research, 3rd party testing, manufacturing and packing!
The Head Honcho Ashwagandha is using the Sensoril Ashwagandha extract, which is standardised to 10% Withanolide content, that's DOUBLE the bioactive content of KSM-66 Ashwagandha. It is important to keep this in mind when considering dosage protocols between this and other products. Sensoril has achieved this by using extracts from both root and leaf (KSM-66 is root extract alone).
In order to enhance the absorption of bioactive components, Head Honcho as also added in goMCT® oil powder - meaning you get more out of every gram of Ashwagandha and less waste! goMCT® contains pure C8 and C10 Medium Chain Triglyceridess, for more information - check outthe link here.
Directions for Use
Take ONE scoop (1 gram) in the evening or 60-30minutes before bed. Goes great with a hot chocolate! Some folk may prefer to use in the morning, however may give a feeling of drowsiness.
Wise Ape Tea Co.
Chocolate Hustle Nootropic Tea
YERBA MATE + ADAPTOGENIC HERBS: BRAIN TEA BLEND
A powerful blend of roasted yerba mate tea with hints of chocolate and mint, combined with adaptogenic super-herbs to support your brain naturally. This unique elixir is designed to heighten your focus, energy, and clarity.
Available in 70g (2.5oz) loose leaf tea in a resealable tin OR 15 teabag (45g) boxes.
Non-GMO, organic, all natural, whole leaf ingredients.
Will Chocolate Hustle give me super powers? No, you've got enough of those. But it will jumpstart your mornings, power you through the afternoon, and keep your brain at superhero status.
How much caffeine is in Chocolate Hustle? About 45mg of caffeine, or about half a cup of coffee. Which, when combined with the adaptogenic herbs is enough to keep you samurai sharp, without the jitters or a crash.
Can I use Chocolate Hustle instead of my morning coffee? Absolutely! Because of Chocolate Hustle's roasty flavor and added health benefits, many coffee drinkers have cycled it into their morning routines. Also works great for that afternoon hump!
Nice Supplement Co.
MENTAL CLARITY AND MEMORY SUPPORT.
60 Capsules per bottle, 2 capsules per serve (30 servings). Every serve includes:
Lions Mane Extract 10:1 (1000mg);
Huperzia Serrata (20mg) yielding 200mcg Huperzine A.
When 17th and 18th century Europeans replaced alcohol with coffee, it produced the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment thinking. A simple chemical change can have drastic consequences for our lives and the world.
Today, nootropics, smart drugs, and self-experimentation technologies are helping high performers improve their mental performance from Silicon Valley to Wall Street.
But peak mental performance isn't for everyone. There is no magic pill. To achieve a level of optimal performance, be prepared to change lifestyle habits that are holding you back and utilize the latest technologies to craft your best routine.
For those desiring enhanced creativity, concentration, learning ability, and success, this simple guide can help.
Paperback: 142 Pages
About the Author
Mansal Denton is the founder ofNootropedia, an unbiased and accessible online nootropics resource to help you improve your cognitive abilities. Nootropics are substances that enhance mental functions, such as memory.
He previously co-founded and grewPure Nootropics into one of the 3 largest nootropics commodity ecommerce sites and exited after 15 months with buyout.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on A Head Above
A Head Above is a light and casual, short and sweet read filled with interesting insights toward the idea of peak mental performance. It covers a wide number of topics, not particularly comprehensively but more dipping its toes in each pool.
From someone of Mansal's background, you might actually expect the entire book to be a run of nootropics stacks and protocols. But not so! In fact, the chapter on Nootropics is half the length compared to his chapter titled "Beyond the Pill". Rather Mansal spends much of his energy directing us toward more lifestyle practices to build our mentality and body up to provide a foundational support toward focus. Talking how we direct our focus, social relations and much more.
All up, its a great book and certainly one that sparks curiosity. Being reasonably short, its the perfect sort of single session on a Sunday afternoon sort of read. Oh it's also got some great illustrations too - see page 3 in the teaser images. :) Personally I've been through this cover to cover at least four times, so I can confirm, it is a good one to keep coming back to. Enjoy!
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker🌿
The Biohacking Manifesto
The scientific blueprint for a long, healthy and happy life using cutting edge anti-aging and neuroscience based hacks
What exactly is "biohacking"?
Biohacking is just a fancy word for optimizing your own biological potential, and in the context of this brand new book from James Lee (author of The Methuselah Project) it means achieving this via:
Slowing the process of cellular aging to extend longevity - Whether by reducing oxidative stress, activating sirtuins, preventing inflammation or by just simply connecting with those around you (Having rich social connections with those around you is one of the strongest predictors of long life);
Understanding your own neurochemistry to enable you to address any underlying issues or dysfunction involving neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine or even acetylcholine;
Utilising the latest "nootropic" brain-boosting supplements and drugs to optimise memory and cognitive function - Never heard of racetams, EGCG, sulbutiamine or modafinil? Not for long.
The Biohacking Manifesto is, at its heart, a compendium of Lee's previous books The Methuselah Project, Your Brain Electric and Brain Hacks. However rather than just cobble these together and slap on a new cover, he has headed back into the clinical trial papers and the latest research from cutting edge biotechs to discover some brand new exclusive material for this book.
The Biohacking Manifesto includes:
An exhaustive coverage of the latest supplements including - curcumin, astaxanthin and nicotinamide riboside (to name a few);
A comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of neurochemistry, including a range of options for boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine;
An explanation of the various processes which underlie the aging process including - oxidative stress, inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction
Everything you need to know if you want to live to 100 and beyond
As a collected body of work, The Biohacking Manifesto gives you everything you need to know to enable you to put together a comprehensive strategy for living a long, happy and healthy life.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on The Biohacking Manifesto
This read is still on my to-do list. Premise looks good, and hey, who doesn't want to know about how to age gracefully haha! :) I will update this section after I've given it a good study. :)
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker🌿
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories -- from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air -- and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
About Cal Newport
I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to my academic research, I write about the intersection of digital technology and culture. I’m particularly interested in our struggle to deploy these tools in ways that support instead of subvert the things we care about in both our personal and professional lives.
In my academic career, I specialize in the theory of distributed systems, which meansI spend more time proving theorems than compiling code. To date, I’ve published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited more than 3,500 times.
I started blogging at calnewport.com soon after the publication of my second book, and have been posting here regularly ever since. The blog is named “Study Hacks” because when I started it I was primarily writing advice for students. I famously, however, have never had a social media account (it turns out that this is allowed).
I currently live with my wife and three sons in Takoma Park, Maryland, in a cool old Victorian house that has a study with a fireplace and a custom-built library table where I do my deep work.
Note: This video wasn't made by either Cal Newport or us at VitaKea, however it is a really nice and quick discussion on the book by the folk at Board Studios.
Praise for "Deep Work"
“As a presence on the page, Newport is exceptional in the realm of self-help authors.” —New York Times Book Review
“DEEP WORK accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon.” —Wall Street Journal
“Deep work is the killer app of the knowledge economy: it is only by concentrating intensely that you can master a difficult discipline or solve a demanding problem.” —The Economist
“What emerges most powerfully is the sense that it’s wrong to think of deep work as one more thing you’ve got to try to cram into your schedule. Truly committing to it, Newport suggests, transforms the rest of your time – so you’ll crank through shallow work faster, be more present in your home life, and eliminate time wasted switching between tasks. Depth, in short, isn’t at odds with a full life – it facilitates it. I’m persuaded.” —Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Deep Work
Quite simply, if you can read, I recommend this book to you... and it doesn't even talk about supplements! But I very much believe establishing practices for Deep Work will out-value any other biohacks or supplements when it comes to getting done what you actually want done. That big project that you can't seem to finish. Art. Writing. Even just thinking through a line of thought.
All the biology optimising tricks in the world is useless if that hard earned capacity is directed towards the wrong things. Like a Ferrari which has thousands of dollars of servicing every year, and the very best performance fuel. Only to drive at walking pace in bumper to bumper traffic. Implementing Deep Work practices will help you take your own hard earned performance engine to the open road to run free and at optimal potential. And of course, combining Deep Work strategies with things like careful diet, exercise and supplementation... there you have a recipe for long and deep sessions of mental flow that is both good fun, incredibly productive, and anti-burnout.
As far as reading experience goes, it would fit under casual and enjoyable but not a "light read". It's not a technical manual, but it will leave you with plenty to think on that would warrant focused reading... you could even say, deserving of a session of Deep Work session. As someone with an electrical engineering background, I also really appreciate the clean structuring of how Cal presented the book. First half covering the concept of Deep Work and value it provides, second half going over strategies to achieve deep work.
This is one of the books that I read once yearly (so far read twice, will begin again soon!) as a reminder to keep my priorities in order and a check on how I spend my days.
Right now, this is perhaps my highest recommended book in The VitaKea Store. We all want focus, this is a tried and true method and even gets better the more you practice it, as opposed to building a tolerance. Only downside is the need for self control haha!
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker🌿
Matthew Walker, PhD
Why We Sleep
The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates
A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.
In Why We Sleep, Walker answers important questions about:
How do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep?
What really happens during REM sleep?
Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime?
How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage?
Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
About Matthew Walker, PhD
Dr. Walker earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA.
His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, he has published over 100 scientific research studies.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Lifespan
I'm currently in the middle of reading Why We Sleep so chat will be coming soon. However if you've seen or heard some of Matthew Walkers interviews or talks, you'll understand why this read is a good one to prioritise. One good one, his interview on the Joe Rogan podcast is here for you curious folk. For something a bit more short and sweet, check out his Ted Talk above.
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker 🌿
R.P.Brown MD, P.L.Gerbarg MD, with B. Graham
The Rhodiola Revolution
The Herbal Breakthrough of the 21st Century
Previously classified studies from the former Soviet Union reveal the emergence of an herbal superstar, Rhodiola rosea. From two respected physicians comes an authoritative new book that explores the amazing powers of Rhodiola rosea.
Compelling scientific evidence about this commonly available herbal supplement confirms its ability to help:
Melt away extra pounds
Sharpen memory and concentration
Enhance physical performance
Strengthen immune function
Protect against heart disease and cancer
As more people turn to Rhodiola rosea to improve their health and vitality, they will look for a trustworthy, authoritative resource to answer all their questions. The Rhodiola Revolution is that resource, providing the latest news from the front lines of research as well as clear instructions on using the herb for maximum medicinal effect.
Paperback: 224 Pages
About the Authors
Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he obtained his medical degree 1977. He completed Psychiatry Residency and a fellowship in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College. The recipient of numerous awards, he has authored over 100 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduated from Brown University (1971), Harvard Medical School (1975), Beth Israel Psychiatry Residency program in Boston (1979), and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (1992). Dr. Gerbarg has lectured and taught about a wide range of topics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s issues, trauma, neurobiology, natural treatments (herbs, nutrients ), and the integration of mind-body practices in psychotherapy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meetings and many other conferences, academic centers, and community organizations.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on The Rhodiola Revolution
The Rhodiola Revolution is actually a book we got in on recommendation from one of the good folk in the VitaKea community... and after having read it, I couldn't be more pleased.
The Rhodiola Revolution provides really interesting insight into the many applications of Rhodiola Rosea for supplementation. Given both authors work in a psychologist practice, they provide a great number of anecdotal case reports from their very own patients. They also provide a balanced viewpoint as well as the necessary caution you might expect from experienced medical practitioners.
Worth noting, the beginning few chapters can feel a little like the authors are promoting Rhodiola rosea as a cure all for all ailments. I encourage to continue on with an open mind, as the book progresses the picture does become much more balanced befitting to my commentary above. Also worth noting is the dietary recommendations which have dated notably, as is to be expected given The Rhodiola Revolution was published in 2004.
Each chapter is broken down into numerous small sections that make for light bedtime reading, the tone casual and easy to read. For anyone looking to learn more about Rhodiola Rosea, I enthusiastically advocate for this book. Potential side effects may include full blown Rhodiola obsession...