Helps me sleep and wake up happy
Posted by danarm on Jul 17, 2013
Tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin (the happy hormone) and melatonin (the sleep hormone). So, if you take it, your brain will make both melatonin (to help you fall asleep) and serotonin (to make you happy). I take 4-6 pills (2-3 grams) of Tryptophan every night. It gets me to sleep and keeps me sleeping better than Melatonin. I wake up happy and energetic as a result of serotonin production. It also produces sleep entrainment (if you take it at 10 PM, you will fall asleep at 10-11 PM, even if you stop taking it). After some time, it loses it's effect, and I have to switch to something else periodically. This is because there are some enzymes which break down tryptophan. The normal quantity of Trypthopan taken in through diet is 1.5-2 g. May reduce carbohydrate consumption. Most people overeat carbohydrates because carbs help tryptophan cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). When obese patients were given 1,000 mg, 2,000 mg, or 3,000 mg doses of L-tryptophan one hour before meals to raise the amount of tryptophan, a significant decrease in caloric consumption was observed. The majority of the reduction in caloric intake was due to the amount of carbohydrates, not protein, consumed.
Best multivitamin - well formulated and it DOES NOT INCREASE MY APPETITE!!!
Posted by danarm on Dec 10, 2013
This multivitamin (AOR Ortho-Core) is the best multivitamin available. It is very well formulated. I have taken many multivitamins (including the famous Life Extension Mix) and they ALL increase my appetite - which makes me gain weight. However, AOR Ortho-Core does not seem to increase my appetite, which is very importantant. I decided to take Ortho-Core with a greens supplement such as Vibrant Greens. Most multivitamins increase appetite. Doctors don't admit it, but if you carefully study each vitamin on PubMed, you will discover things such as: "Vitamin B6 speeds up gastric emptying". What happens after gastric emptying has been accomplished? You get hungry again! I still take a good multivitamin every day for the other health effects, which are comprehensively proven by science. In addition to a multivitamin, I take a good greens drink such as Vibrant Greens or Green Fields - which doesn't contain added vitamins.
Good for DIETING and SKIN (and many other things)
Posted by danarm on Aug 29, 2014
Adding collagen to a protein shake will make it thicker and make it absorb slower. This is why it's good for dieting: it keeps you full longer. Aging people need at least 10 g of collagen per day to replace what is lost. I take 50 g per day, 5 days a week, in the protein shake I drink at work. People can not believe how good my skin looks for my age. Another excellent supplement which makes your skin glow is Acetyl-Glutathione. It's a form of glutathione which can be absorbed into cells.
Posted by danarm on May 09, 2015
After years of experiments searching for the perfect multivitamin I have finally discovered Thorne 2/day. It makes me feel good, probably because it does not contain extras such as ALA, NAC, choline, etc - which are good for many people but are not good for my particular situation. Thanks, Thorne, for sticking to the basics and providing all of them in the most healthy form.
Contains Biopterin which helps create dopamine and norepinephrine out of tyrosine
Posted by danarm on May 16, 2015
Tetrahydrobiopterin (also called BH4) helps generate dopamine and norepinephrine. It also detoxes ammonia and nitric oxide. Biopterin is an important precursor to BH4. Together with NALT (N-ACETYL-L-TYROSINE) it really helps keep you on top of your game by creating enough dopamine and norepinephrine - neurotransmitters which boost attention and well being.
The best form of Omega 3
Posted by danarm on Dec 11, 2014
There are 3 forms of Omega 3: triglycerides, ethyl ester and phospholipids. This form (phospholipids) is the best of the 3 forms. It offers more brain, liver and heart benefits. It is especially helpful for fatty liver and attention issues (ADD / ADHD).
Excellent, gives me lots of energy
Posted by danarm on Jun 13, 2014
Gives me a lot of energy when I take it in large doses. The kind of sustained lasting energy. But to accomplish this I have to take about 5 grams at once (the entire tub has 7.5 grams). Thorne Research should offer larger sizes of this.
Posted by danarm on Dec 10, 2013
A nice amount per pill (750 mg). I take this 3 times daily and it helps me with my thyroid, energy and general mood (tyrosine boosts dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine).
Posted by danarm on Jul 27, 2013
Has too many health benefits to mention. I take 1 g per day (2 caps) and have noticed my eyes get a lot less tired. The strongest effect on eyes fatigue, for me, is from Idebenone.
Posted by danarm on Apr 27, 2012
Gives me extreme energy. However, I gained 3 KG from half a jar of this. :-( Maybe useful during dieting IF you can stand the temptation and not gorge with it.
GIVES ME HAND TREMORS. Gives motivation by enhancing dopamine
Posted by danarm on Aug 14, 2012
I STOPPED TAKING IT BECAUSE IT GIVES ME HAND TREMORS. This is from my older review: If I feel unmotivated and I take 4 caps, I'm a lot more motivated, and think better. I'm able to concentrate better. It increases dopamine in the brain. Dopamine means "I WANT". Whatever I want in that moment, I want even more after taking Dopa Mucuna. This means I may overeat, for example.. or do a lot of exercise being highly motivated.
Helps with joints and skin. A more youthful face. Good for anti-aging.
Posted by danarm on Sep 15, 2013
This is very effective. However, I prefer the powder from the same company, the powder can be mixed in coffee so you avoid tasting it. You can not avoid to taste the pills - they taste absolutely horrible to me and this is why I'm rating this 1 star. Instead of this, I recommend the Neocell Super Collagen POWDER which can be mixed into coffee or juice, to mask the taste. The powder is an excellent product. 10 grams of collagen every day taken for 6 months have been clinically proven to improve the joints. The MRI scans clearly show this. Also, there should be an effect on the skin. I prefer this version which also contains a bit of Vitamin C.