Do you feel anxiety in social situations?  

Do you dread having to attend a public event where you know you will have to talk to people?

Do you struggle with mild to moderate anxiety, or depression?

If you answered yes to these questions, picamilon may be the answer for you.

What is Picamilon?

Picamilon is a nootropic that improves mental function.  A nootropic is a category of which substances that improve one or more aspects of mental function fall in.  Substances can be in the form of drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals and foods, and they are often also referred to as smart drugs or memory enhancers.  Picamilon was created by combining gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and niacin (vitamin B3).[

GABA is a neurotransmitter that is found in the brain. Its natural function is to reduce the activity of the neurons to which it binds. People who struggle with anxiety have often been found to have low levels of GABA is their brains, thus making it difficult for them to relax.

Did you know that substances such as alcohol, and tranquilizers actually get their effect of relieving anxiety through boosting GABA in the brain? When GABA is boosted in the brain, we feel more relaxed. So yes, having that glass of wine after a long day actually does make you feel more calm (it’s not in your imagination!).

It has been found that GABA has a difficult time crossing the blood-brain barrier, and therefore has no effect on mood. Picamilon is considered to be the solution to this blood-brain barrier problem. By combining GABA with niacin (vitamin B3), this, in theory, enables picamilon to pass the blood-brain barrier. By passing through the barrier, picamilon increases GABA in the brain which provides the relaxed and anti-anxiety feelings that people seek.

Who Discovered Picamilon?

Picamilon beginnings are unclear, however its formula was first discovered in 1969.  Some sources state it was discovered at the All-Unions Vitamins Scientific Research Institute in the Soviet Union.  Other sources say it was created by a company called ‘Cognitive Nutrition’, a nootropic supplier founded in 2000 and based in the U.S.  Regardless of who ‘invented’ it, we know that it was developed by combining two ingredients: GABA and niacin.

What Are Its Benefits?

Picamilon users report a sense of calmness and tranquility when using picamilon. Some of its other suggested benefits include:

  • Lowered feelings of social anxiety, feeling more comfortable in social settings
  • Turning off of “mind chatter” in the brain that can prevent focus
  • Improved energy metabolism in the brain and neuron health
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Greater concentration and mental stamina
  • Helps with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders
  • Increased sense of ‘easy-goingness’

The ingredients in Picamilon (GABA and niacin) have been well researched and are common ingredients of brain booster medication. However, picamilon itself, has not been extensively researched. Despite a lack of official, academic and scientific research, those who use picamilon express positive reviews about its calming, anti-anxiety nature. No severe side effects have been reported, except for common side effects.

What Are Its Disadvantages?

Rarely any severe side effects have been reported, except for the standard side effects that accompany almost every supplement or drug out there.  These include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea or headaches
  • Lightheadness
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure

In some very rare cases, some have experienced more severe side effects such as allergies and skin rashes.

Is Picamilon Right for My Anxiety?

It is important to note that picamilon is used for those with mild to moderate anxiety.You should also know that you should never exceed the recommended amount, though there have been no overdoses reported.  By not exceeding the recommended amount, you can reduce your chances of experiencing any of the mentioned side effects. You should also consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements to ensure, they do not mix poorly with other medications.

The bottom line is that more research could be conducted to prove picamilon’s benefits. However, the formula has been on the market for more than 60 years and hundreds of people have reported positive reviews of the supplement. If you are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, introducing a supplement such as picamilon to see if it makes a difference, may help you reduce your anxiety.



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