KEY FEATURES: THE NEXT GENERATION OF FOCUS NOOTROPICS
TOTAL FOCUS is the result of a five year long global research quest for the next-generation mental & physical energy ingredients.Total Focus is the first ever focus nootropic and smart drug that includes Zynamite - a patent pending ingredient sourced from mango leaves that activates brain activity similar to caffeine, but acts non-selectively to modulate feelings of smooth, intense focus, concentration, and memory without any of the side effects associated with heavy caffeine use. Imagine no longer having to choose between feeling focused and having to risk your health while doing so. This is the power of Total Focus.
FAST ACTING & LONG LASTING FOR IMMEDIATE AND PROLONGED LASER FOCUS Designed to start working within 15 minutes and with a 4x longer half life than any other traditional nootropics and stimulants to support you at the start, during, and for the full entirety of your work. Users have reported achieving intense levels of flow state, deep concentration, and positive mood at times they usually would quit, that lasts well beyond 10 hours.
INCREASE REACTION TIME & ENHANCED PROCESSING SPEED DURING TIMES OF FATIGUE All the research done on TOTAL FOCUS was built around adapting during times of extreme stress and fatigue. TOTAL FOCUS is the unique solution for working professionals, entrepreneurs, athletes, e-sport gamers, shift workers, truck drivers and every person in need of mental and physical energy during times of extreme fatigue.
NO BS HYPE. SUPPORTED BY 3 GLOBAL INDUSTRY AWARDS + 7 CLINICAL STUDIES + 5 PEER REVIEWED PAPERS & 3 PENDING PATENTS Over 90%+ of supplements sold are based on anecdotal evidence and no reputable studies. Zynamite® is the result of a five year long global research quest for the next-generation mental & physical energy ingredient. The ingredients in TOTAL FOCUS have won the NUTRA INGREDIENTS AWARD in both 2018, and 2019 and awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award in 2019. The ingredients in TOTAL FOCUS hold over 4 Patents, and have been tested in over 7 clinical studies and included as scientific evidence in over 5 peer reviewed publications.
GRAS & SIDE-EFFECT FREE TESTED BY THIRD PARTY LAB FOR PURITY MADE IN TEXAS, USA Every batch of TOTAL FOCUS is manufactured, sealed, and packaged at our cGMP & FDA REGISTERED partner facility in Texas, USA. Each batch is only released after passing purity testing passing all microbial, heavy metal, and spec.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN TOTAL FOCUS?
Zynamite®: 200 mg
Zynamite® is Nektium’s patent-pending proprietary Mangifera indica extract standardized to ≥ 60% mangiferin. Mangifera indica, the common mango tree, is cultivated extensively in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Infusions and decoctions of mango leaves are used extensively in traditional health systems and have been known for centuries for their health benefits.
Zynamite® activates brain waves and increases Long Term Potentiation in a remarkably similar pattern to caffeine. While caffeine antagonizes adenosine receptors, Zynamite® acts non-selectively to stimulate brain activity. The key active, mangiferin acts non-selectively to modulate multiple physiological and CNS targets.Intriguingly, in vivo studies of Zynamite® have pointed to the potential for synergies between Zynamite® and low doses of caffeine, suggesting that formulations that combine these ingredients will be attractive to consumers.
PurCaf® Organic Caffeine: 50 mg Nearly all caffeine found in traditional supplements is manufactured with syntethic, lab-made caffeine. In Total FOCUS, we have used PurCaf instead. PurCaf® is the ONLY trademarked organic caffeine formula and is 100% organic, gluten free, chemical free, and vegetarian-friendly. PurCaf® is non-GMO and one of the only GRAS caffeine sources in the industry today for safe use. Each serving of TOTAL FOCUS contains 50 mg of pure organic caffeine that is water extracted from green (unroasted) coffee beans to give you a pure, clean rush of caffeine to help ramp up your energy levels and supercharge your levels of focus.
Rhodiola Rosea (3% Rosavins) 200 mg Rhodiola rosea is a herb in the rhodiola genera (Crassulaceae family) which has traditional usage as an anti-fatigue agent. Rhodiola appears to be able to significantly reduce the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that results in fatigue. This is more related to stress and the 'burnout' effect, or prolonged but low intensity physical exercise. The Rhodiola used in TOTAL FOCUS was produced by Nektium, one of the world's leading ingredient manufacturers of high-quality Rhodiola Rosea extracts. Nektium is one of a few select companies that are authorized by a special permit issued by the Russian Government to export Rhodiola Rosea from the pristine Altai Mountains in Siberia.
IS TOTAL FOCUS SAFE?
Every batch of TOTAL FOCUS is manufactured, sealed, and packaged at our cGMP & FDA REGISTERED partner facility in Texas, USA. Each batch is only released after passing purity testing passing all microbial, heavy metal, and spec.
When it comes to capsules, companies have two main choices: a gelatin or a veggie capsule. Gelatin capsules are made of gelatin, which is an animal by-product formed from collagen, often from the hooves, bones, and connective tissue of pigs and cows. AZOTH® uses vegetable capsules, which are derived from a plant by-product called cellulose. Vegetable capsules can be used by those following a strict vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND TOTAL FOCUS?
The last time we came out with a product was in 2017, three years ago. So, when we make a product, we mean business. We have a simple mission: Help people get more sh*t done. AZOTH 2.0 was the staple to accomplishing that, but for those who want to take their focus to the next level, TOTAL FOCUS will be an untouchable add-on.
When looking for focus supplements, consumers have had to choose either for shots and drinks which are filled with harmful ingredients, cause jitters, headaches, and other side-effects or for healthier alternatives which are so watered down, that they don’t do anything. TOTAL FOCUS is the result of a five year long global research quest for the next-generation mental & physical energy ingredient that delivers on effectiveness and health.
In America alone, 400 million cups of coffee are consumed per day. It should not come to any surprise that the $122B supplement industry has been using caffeine heavily in their products and has been working overtime to find a powerful replacement for the drug.
Four years ago, after noting the worrying global trend of increasing adverse reactions from excessive consumption of highly caffeinated products, Nektium's R&D and innovation team began a global search for a safe and effective ingredient that could not only replace caffeine, but be superior to caffeine.
The challenge? A research imperative to find rapidly acting botanical extract with nootropic and sports performance activities, free of cardiovascular and other side-effects, and without addictive and tolerance potential.
Nektium's research team was led by Dr. Nigel Gericke, and involved extensive reviews of the international ethnobotanical literature, of the uses of plants in the traditions of Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and reviews of Nektium's own ethnobotanical records from European, Russian, Amazonian, and African plants.
The result: Zynamite, a specialized extract from Mango Leaves which notably showed precisely but remarkably similar activation activity to caffeine in studies of brain electrical activity, with one caveat: it acts selectively.
While caffeine antagonizes adenosine receptors, Zynamite acts non-selectively to stimulate brain activity. The key active, mangiferin acts non-selectively to modulate multiple physiological and CNS targets.
What does this mean? Simple: while Zynamite can increase levelf of mental energy, cognition, and concentration, it may do so without increasing levels of cortisol - which then equates to fewer (if any) side effects usually caused by caffeine.
This hypothesis was rigorously tested.
The Studies: Zynamite Delivers Zynamite has been studied in 4 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials - 2 for mental energy and 2 for sports performance.
In the first study, twelve physically active young men took a combination of 140mg Zynamite® + 50mg luteolin every 8 hours, and after 48 hours, they performed repeated bicycle ergometer Wingate sprint tests. Mean power output was increased by 5–7% compared with placebo (Figure 1).
In a follow-up confirmatory study, 30 young athletes (13 women and 17 men), 140mg of Zynamite was administered every 8 hours for 48 hours, but this time in two separate combinations: 50mg luteolin and 600mg quercetin.
The combination of Zynamite pre workout capsules with quercetin increased peak power output by 19.4% compared to placebo. Both formulations increased mean power output by 6% during repeated ergometer Wingate tests. Zynamite® improved VO2 peak by 5%, with a corresponding increase in brain oxygenation of 10–12% in women.⁷ (Figure 2)
The results from these two studies demonstrated that formulations containing Zynamite have an even stronger effect than those published for caffeine, in addition to a significant improvement in peak power output.
Zynamite's Effects on Mental Energy The next two studies focused on mental energy. The first used a single dose of 500mg of in 16 participants (7 men and 9 women).
The study showed that Zynamite significantly reduced fatigue after only 1.5 hours, analyzed with the Profile of Mood States questionnaire (POMS). Zynamite reduced stress during the Calculation Performance Tests, evidenced by Galvanic skin response. (Figure 3) Zynamite had no side effects and no change in heart rate variability or blood pressure over the course of the study-variables typically affected by caffeinated products.
During performance of two cognitively demanding challenges, a Number Sequence Test (NST) and a Number Connection Test (NCT), Zynamite® had a significant activating effect on the brain compared to placebo as determined by frequency analysis of the changes in electrical activity across six brain wave frequency ranges (colour coded) in the EEG of the association cortex (change from time-averaged baseline assigned as 100%) ; significance values: ** p<0.05, *** p<0.001. (Figure 4)
In a nutshell, what the team at Nektium was able to accomplish - was to finally decrease the dillemma of sacrificing health and levels of well-being for temporary increases in focus and energy. This is truly groundbreaking.
This is why, Zynamite has won the 𝐍𝐔𝐓𝐑𝐀 𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝗪𝐀𝐑𝐃 in both 2018, and 2019 and awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award in 2019 and holds over 𝟒 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬, and has been tested in over 𝟕 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 and included as scientific evidence in over 𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬.
AZOTH & ZYNAMITE Last month, AZOTH LLC became the first supplement company to directly source and distribute Zynamite in North America in its product, TOTAL FOCUS which futher includes PurCaf, and a clinical dose of Rhodiola Rosea.
The Zynamite found AZOTH is batch tested, tested for purity, metals, and the purest form of Zynamite in the industry.
Users of Total Focus can expect intense levels of deep focus, prolonged energy, and maximum concentration unlike everything ever made available in the supplement industry.
In 2017, we pioneered AZOTH 2.0 and took the industry by storm. In 2020, we pioneered TOTAL FOCUS and are once again re-affirming our commitment for total human productivity.
Strength and Honor, -Team AZOTH
A KEALAD WORD ON TOTAL FOCUS:
This product is another perfect example of how the guys at Azoth truly understand what a person wants in a supplement. It's simple. No unncessary ingredients. And it does the job it claims to do.
In my experience, it has always been a pleasant surprise just how effective this one capsule formula can be.
This was also extremely evident in their Total Nootropic stack, which has by far received the most enthusiastic praise out of any supplement we've stocked. That didn't come easy though, Azoth formulas are developed over dozens of iterations. They aren't some run of the mill generic "nootropic formula" prescribed from a manufacturer - these are custom built with love. But the other key point, Prady, the CEO of Azoth is meticulous about quality. I know he has gone to hell and back for his products. Total Nootropic proved the value of that effort, and I'm sure the same will be said for Total Focus as more of us Kiwi's get the Total Focus experience.
But on the ingredients themselves:
Those of you that chat with me frequently or follow VitaKea on social will know that I am a big advocate for Rhodiola Rosea, but less known is that I began experimenting with Zynamite back in mid 2019. As a COMT inhibitor, it can be a great stacker with caffeine, and really extends out the energy, without over-peaking and turning me into a jittery mess of a human. But frankly that's as far as I had taken Zynamite... until I got wind of the Total Focus product brewing. Since that fateful day, the Zynamite & Rhodiola combo has D.I.Y. stacked its way along with many a stimulant. By now I can confidently confirm, complimentary mechanisms don't get better than this. And top it off, Total Focus has performed better than any DIY stack I've ever done.
Many may know that Rhodiola is a MAO B inhibitor, so when you pair that alongside Zynamite's COMT inhibiton (covering the two main catecholamine metabolic pathways in the brain) - in theory we will get absolute bang for buck from any caffeine. Keeping the catecholamines (dopamine, adrenaline, nor-adrenaline) around for longer, allowing you to reap maximum value. And from experience, I've found that theory holds up spectacularly.
As usual, if you are keen to try before you buy - feel free to request a sample with any order you make. I'll happily throw in a couple caps! 💊💊 Then you can see for yourself that the hype is not misled and understand truly why Total Focus is one of my very favourite supplements in the VitaKea Store.
- Sincerely, Your KeaLad, Thomas (VitaKea Caretaker)🌿
Nice Supplement Co.
L-THEANINE + Absorption Aids for better potency!
60 Capsules per bottle, every capsule includes:
Panax ginseng (50mg);
Black pepper extract (98% piperine)(10mg).
L-theanine is popular for:
Increasing mental focus and clarity;
Staying alert while remaining relaxed;
Stacking with coffee to reduce caffeine jitters and improve calm focus;
As a dietary supplement, take 1 – 4 capsules daily as needed. For optimal function take separate of food and sources of amino acids. L-theanine is fast-acting, with clinically proven effects within 45 minutes of ingestion.
L-Theanine in Tea
Ever wondered why sipping a cup of tea provides such a smooth uplifting feel without the hassle of jitters? That’s the L-theanine! Tea leaves contain a proportionally high amount of this sweet little amino acid, easily enough to handle the small amount of caffeine pumping its way in.
The presence of L-theanine in Tea leaves was actually discovered by Japanese researchers in 1949. Interestingly, when they correlated tea's that were considered "high quality", these were also the tea's that had a high L-theanine content!
But with our modern day workplace, coffee has quickly established itself as the beverage of choice for its greater caffeine content. Coffee which, unfortunately, lacks the supportive L-theanine component.
More on L-Theanine itself
L-theanine, a water-soluble, non-protein amino acid commonly found in green tea and some mushrooms, has been widely studied for its ability to encourage wakeful relaxation without sedation. L-theanine is thought to work by decreasing “excitatory” brain chemicals that contribute to stress and anxiety while increasing brain chemicals that encourage a sense of calm. It’s even been known to lower stress-related blood pressure and heart rate.
L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier, and has the ability to modulate inhibitory neurotransmitters, selective serotonin, and dopamine to bring about anxiolytic and calming effects. L-theanine can also improve cognition and selective attention, perhaps due to changes in alpha brain wave activity. Finally, its ability to selectively bind to glutamate receptors may confer neuroprotective effects as well.
In addition to promoting relaxation, L-theanine has been shown to stabilize cognitive function affected by stress hormones. More specifically, L-theanine decreases levels of corticosterone, which when elevated can inhibit spatial learning and memory formation. Other researchers have shown that, in people with anxiety, L-theanine improved attention span and reaction time. Taken with caffeine, L-theanine improved visual information processing and accuracy when moving between tasks.
Given its ability to encourage attention and focus, it may come as a surprise that L-theanine has also been found to improve time to sleep as well as quality of sleep. Instead of acting as a sedative, L-theanine works to promote better rest by reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
Q: Will I build a tolerance to L-Theanine?
Not at all! L-theanine is not habit-forming and it does not lead to tolerance and dependence even when used over long periods of time.
Q: What about adverse reactions?
L-Theanine is generally well tolerated, and there are no published reports of serious adverse side effects or interactions with other natural products or conventional prescription medications.
If you're keen for some further reading on L-theanine, below are a couple research articles we frequently recommend at VitaKea.
Brain Gains is the ultimate Caffeine Free, Zero Sugar mind-boosting energy supplement that can be taken throughout the day to boost productivity, physical performance, energy and focus... without the Caffeine Crash!
Packing a whole lot of action, Brain Gains is certainly a complex formula...but boy do you get gram-for-gram value! The end result? A true stack of Nootropic Brain Fuel that synergises for excellent performance.
40 scoops per tub. 0% Sugar, Caffeine Free, No Jitters, No Crash. FOUR Flavours.... which will you choose?
The STACK3D Review
"Brain Gains Nootropic Brain Fuel is one of the best focus products we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. Not only does it very noticeably work, but it comes through with a complete focus experience like no other. It elevates your mental game better than almost every other competitor in the category and is well worth picking up."
As you can see above, most of the nootropic dosages are quite generous, and it is for this reason that the VitaKea Team would recommend using only one scoop at a time. Best enjoyed with ~350ml water + ice. It won't keep you up at night, so afternoon usage is fine, though for maximal gains, sip on it sometime in the morning. Not about that luxurious water and ice life? Well rest assured... Brain Gains is dry-scoop-to-the-dome approved by Lloyd @thecavenutritionstore! 🤣 Flavour wise, Mango, Watermelon and Strawberry Kiwi are all absolutely stellar.
On the One or Two scoop debate: From our own usage we find that the noticeablecognitive value seems to be nearly equal when we supplement a single scoop as opposed to two, and this way you'll get more Gains for your dollar... doubling the number of servings per tub (20 serves @2Scoops; 40 Serves @1Scoop). IF you are really keen to take it up a notch, you can also try splitting your servings across the day. Eg. One in the morning, One in the afternoon. And as per usual, remember that you are a unique human being, with any supplement we recommend you experiment to find your own personal sweet spot dosage and go with that!
Want to try-before-you-buy?We're always happy to send a sample out with any order, so just leave a comment in your order notes and we'll sling one in for you!
If you have any questions at all, or would like some links to resources to learn more about the ingredients, just shoot us a question via the submit form below, or send an email directly to yours truly at: email@example.com. Note in advance... I bloody love this supplement, so brace yourself for excitement! 🤓
Your KeaLad, Thomas (VitaKea Caretaker)🌿
LIMITED ED. Skywalk EVIL GENIUS
In true MyoBlox and highly limited availability fashion, this EVIL GENIUS Halloween Limited Edition is part of a small batch run of 1000 tubs available worldwide. In stock and shipping out now!
Limited Edition Formula Ft. NooGhanda™ & Dynamine™
Bringing in 250mg NooGhanda™ (Liposomal Organic Organic Ashwagandha Root Extract), and 75mg Dynamine™ per scoop - we're expecting this version of Skywalk to come across smooth and a more general support, but still potent as with standard Skywalk. Perfect for all your days plotting world-domination!
The Core Skywalk Formula
Formulated to deliver laser focus and enable you to unlock your full potential and give you a competitive advantage no matter if you’re a Corporate Rat-racer, Professional Athlete, or PhD student.
Targeting the synthesis of powerful neurotransmitters the guys at MYOBLOX developed a synergistic nootropic formula to take your cognitive capabilities and mental stamina to new heights.† Unlock your full potential today with Skywalk™… and maybe even EYEBALL LASERS! (Okay maybe that’s taking it a bit far, no eyeball lasers for you mate… although, sweet mother, it can certainly feel that way.)
The Skywalk Nootropic is designed for:
TO INCREASE ENERGY AND REDUCE MENTAL FATIGUE.
TO INCREASE EUPHORIC MOOD .
TO SUPPORT LASER MENTAL FOCUS.
TO ENHANCE MENTAL DRIVE & MEMORY.
Check out the ingredient list is the picture set above, you’ll even note that it packs a sweet 36 serves per tub!
Check out what Myoblox has to say about Skywalk here.
Skywalk™ is an incredibly versatile product, designed for anyone looking to increase their focus and increase productivity. Skywalk™ can be used for everything from a replacement for your morning cup of coffee or energy drink to increase your productivity, studies, or even amp-up a gaming session.
Here at VitaKea we prefer Skywalk served with ~500ml water and liberal amounts of ice, to sip on over 30 minutes or so. We find this provides the both the best drinking experience as well as cognitive benefit.
Read on for a rundown on each of the ingredients in Skywalk, provided by the team at MYOBLOX.
Note: This Limited Edition does not include the Hordenine or N-Methyl Tyramine which is part of the standard formula.
This amino acid is a forerunner of two of the most important neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. It enhances working memory and executive function through chemical signalers in the prefrontal cortex. A quintessential limitless nootropic, it can increase focus, internalized motivation, boost inspiration of creative flow, and enhance a state of wellbeing through cortisol reduction.†
Alpha-GPC 50% (Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine):
Derived originally from lecithin, L-Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (αGPC, choline alfoscerate) is a phospholipid metabolite found in neuronal membranes. Unlike other forms such as Choline Bitartrate, Alpha GPC is the most superior precursor to acetylcholine has been shown to be well absorbed, easily crossing the blood-brain barrier to support the synthesis and emission of Acetylcholine. Enhanced acetylcholine levels have been linked to sharper memory, mental drive, focus and lucid REM sleep states.†
A mood-boosting nootropic that has favored effects on focus, mental drive, anxiety and depression reduction without inducing drowsiness. Some of L-Theanine’s most powerful mental effects are created by limiting the neurochemicals which can contribute to stress reactions and mental clarity reduction. By calming these over-stimulating chemicals, L-Theanine benefits can promote feelings of relaxation, tranquility and a zen-like wellbeing. So even as the caffeine in skywalk packs a smooth punch, L-theanine cushions it by relaxing and calming the mind. – Truly a perfect balance of ying-yang.†
RealCaf ™ (Caffeine from Green Coffee Beans):
Caffeine is a stimulant xanthine alkaloid compound. By this property it does not technically qualify under the definition of a nootropic, but it has been extensively documented to improve mental performance. This widely used compound works by targeting chemical receptor sites located in the brain stimulating the central nervous system. By this stimulation, the release of key neurotransmitters such as dopamine are increased, which is a powerful brain chemical that activates pleasure centers within the brain. The dopaminergic activity of caffeine is a key reason why you attain concentration, and a feeling of wellbeing. The benefit using our RealCaf ™ (non-gmo natural caffeine) opposed to the industry standard of the notorious ‘crappy caffeine anhydrous’ is that the separation process is a more clean, gentle and has been reported by many users that it possesses a “smoother feel” compared to caffeine anhydrous. Do yourself a favor and see how much better you feel on RealCaf ™ - You will become a fan.†
Velvet Bean Extract (Mucuna Pruriens):
Velvet Bean has been long studied and has been shown to increase levels of adrenergic hormones Norepinephrine and Epinephrine, which are responsible for numerous effects such as motor control, immune function, energy levels and even healthier sleep cycles when in a sleep state. As a nootropic, Velvet Bean is used to combat anxiety and depression while enhancing concentration, focus and mood.†
Huperzia Serrata (as Huperzine A):
Huperzine A is the active compound found in a species of fir clubmoss (Huperzia Serrata). This compound has a powerful inhibitory effect on acetylcholinesterase (AchE), an enzyme responsible for degrading the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (Ach) thus boosting acetylcholine levels and preventing oxidative stress in cholinergic neurons. The action of this herbal extract can contribute to learning, memory, and reduce impairments associated with neurological disease.†
B6 (as Pyridoxal-5’-Phosphate [P5P]:
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is absolutely critical for brain function. Unfortunately it is poorly assimilated, and for this reason we utilized the most novel form of B6 called ‘Pyridoxal Phosphate’ (P5P) because it is the most active form in the body. This super-co-factor is utilized in energy metabolism processes in your cells as well as in the synthesis of several different neurotransmitters such as Acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and Melatonin. These chemicals carry signals from one neuron to another, igniting our thoughts, memory encoding, information consolidation, focus, feelings, and both conscious and unconscious movements. Low levels of B6 in the body can lead to decreased cognitive ability, lack of focus, low energy, and brain tissue shrinkage, which can even lead to Alzheimer’s. Attaining adequate amounts of b6 from diet or supplementation can help boost communication between brain cells and even prevent certain types of neuron damage due to aging.†
B12 (as Methylcobalamin):
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin, which has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system, formulation of blood, and the metabolism of every cell in the human body. However, not all cobalamins are equal in effectiveness and because of this fact, we had to utilized the most active form of B12 known as methylcobalamin. The nootropic benefits from this novel co-factor range from neuron development and maintenance as well as cognitive processes related to memory, learning, attention span and overall alertness. This compound can also rebuild damaged nerves and contributes to the maintenance of function that is normally decayed during the aging process.†
Derived from peppercorns from Piper Nigrum Plants, Bioperine® is a patented extract that is used as a bioavailability enhancer of numerous nutrients via stimulation of the digestive tract.†
†These Statements Have Not Been Evaluated By The FDA. This Product Is Not Intended To Diagnose, Treat, Cure, Or Prevent Disease.
Nootropic Sleep Aid (BLACK EDITION)
Extra"Switch Off" with BLACK Edition
***Just landed in stock - available now!***
The Brain Gains Nootropic Sleep Aid Black Edition is a Non-Habit forming, Sedative Free… Nootropic Sleep Aid!
It takes all the great points from the original formula and cranks it up with a few worthy additions: 5-HTP, Mangolia Officinalis and Melissa Officinalis. The Nootropic Sleep Aid helps you refuel and repair whilst sleeping in preparation for the following day by ensuring your brain and body stays topped up with what it needs to perform at optimum levels.
5-HTP is a direct natural precursor to serotonin. Serotonin can be converted into the hormone melatonin. These two hormones play and important role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Supplementing 5-HTP may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, increase sleep duration and improve sleep quality.
Magnolia Officinalis (aka. Magnolia Bark)
Magnolia Bark, also known as Magnolia Officinalis, is natural compound used in traditional Chinese practices and known for its ability to support healthy sleep habits and its relaxation properties. This natural bark extract may boost GABA and lower levels of adrenaline and cortisol. It might improve sleep by increasing the time you spend in REM and NREM sleep and reducing time to fall asleep. It has also been studied to reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Melissa Officinalis (aka. Lemon Balm)
Commonly known as Lemon Balm, Melissa Officinalis is an ingredient that has been popular historically as a sleep aid, with known use cases in Greece dating before 146BC. Most Lemon Balm benefits are also attributed to its GABA system interactions. Rather than using a GABA supplement, lemon balm extract regulates a compound that blocks GABA known as GABA transaminase, helping to relax the brain before sleep to support relaxation and sleep promotion.
Increased "Switch Off"
Together with the standard formula, these ingredients will further help you get into a more relaxed state so that you can switch off busy thoughts, fall asleep quicker and get a better quality and longer duration of overall sleep. Not only does the Nootropic Sleep Aid improve your sleep, but it also has the ability to improve brain functions such as memory, creativity and motivation. Compounds such as Bacopa, Lions Mane and Phosphatidylserine are known to be valuable nootropics that improve cognitive function and long term brain health.
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...
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🌿
Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal
How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down.
Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution— from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters.
And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that nonordinary states of consciousness provide.
About Steven Kotler
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder / director of research for the Flow Genome Project.
He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance, disruptive technology and innovation.
He is also the author of eight books, including Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Tomorrowland, Bold, Abundance, West of Jesus, A Small Furry Prayer and The Angle Quickest for Flight.
His writing has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME.
He appears frequently on television and radio, and is an in-demand speaker and advisor to everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command to Cisco and Google.
Alongside his wife, the author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.
About Jamie Wheal
Jamie Wheal is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states.
He has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams, to the executives of Google, Deloitte Cisco and Young Presidents' Organization.
He studied historical anthropology under MacArthur Fellow Patricia Nelson Limerick, specializing in utopian social movements and his work has appeared in anthologies and peer-reviewed academic journals.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Stealing Fire
If you want to see the full scope of how far biohacking for mental flow can go... this is sure as hell the read for you. No doubt an extremely interesting read that I would recommend to anyone a little more down the biohacking and technology line of thought.
Stealing Fire covers a wide array of different practices for to achieve real peak mental states, and also covers a lot of the background and underlying theory for you to understand why these practices or substances do what they do. These guys are well deep in the technology and research and have presented a really interesting read ...as well as one I feel very comfortable to trust in terms of efficacy of the statements they make.
The only real downside is how blimmin' cool some of they tech they describe sounds, due to the fact that a lot of it is not really accessible or available for the average Joe in New Zealand. Not all of it though, there is still plenty of chat on the very accessible options such as float tanks, surfing (a personal favourite of mine) and lifestyle practices.