The brain is a complex organ, but also one of our most important! As we age, our brains change – that is a fact of life. However, we all want to keep our brains sharp for as long as we can. Nootropics, a class of supplements that improve cognitive function, have been known to help boost memory and keep that ‘sharpness’ in the brain. Today, we are looking at nootropic, Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) which has incredible benefits for focus and memory. It is recommended that you take ALCAR with other cognitive enhancers to get the full benefit, for example, take with aniracetam.
Where Does ALCAR Come from?
ALCAR is essentially a more bio-available form of L-Carnitine. L-Carinitie is a derivative of the amino acid called lysine. L-Carnitine exists in our bodies – by way of the kidneys and liver. The kidneys and liver naturally produce it and deliver it to other parts of the body such as the brain.
How Does ALCAR Work?
ALCAR works in several ways. Firstly, it increases energy production in the mitochondria, therefore boosting physical and mental energy.
It also works an antioxidant by promoting the production of gluthathione, an important antioxidant.
Finally, the reason why ALCAR is superior to carnitine is because it can cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and better target cellular functions in the brain. The BBB is responsible for creating a constant environment for the brain. It helps protect the brain by keeping foreign substances away and keeping hormones and neurotransmitters in the rest of the body before entering. The effects of ALCAR on the brain include improved memory, boosting of the mood, increased energy and concentration. ALCAR has also been shown to increase levels of noradrenaline and serotonin in the brain relieving depressive symptoms.
Research has shown that ALCAR is most effective when taken with other cognitive enhancers such as racetams and Choline supplements. We recommend taking the Bright Bundle which consists of Piracetam and Centrophenoxine together with ALCAR to get the maximum effect.
Do you take nootropics? Do you notice a difference in your memory and brain function?