Should Lion’s Mane Mushroom be in your Nootropic Stack?
Editor’s Review of Neuro-Stack: A full spectrum Nootropic Stack
Day 1: I’ve been using this Nootropic stack with 1400 milligrams of Lion’s Mane. It comes in this cool shiny gold bag. I took 2 capsules in the morning on an empty stomach and 2 more in the afternoon after lunch. So far I can discern that it promotes focus and an even mood.
It took me about 3 months to go through two bottles of this stuff. Two bottles would cost about $120 so not a bad value for a few months of performance enhancement! A lot of the ingredients are Nootropics that have a bit more of a medium-term effect than they do a short term effect so for the full spectrum benefits of Neuro-Stack you would want to take it for a few months.
I varied the dosage between
- 3 capsules daily
- 8 capsules daily (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon)
Those who are real stimulant junkies will probably want to go with the higher dosage.
- I found my dosage sweet spot to be 6 capsules total daily.
- Taking more than that I would experience sporadic irritability or frustration with things that shouldn’t really bother me.
- I didn’t experiment much stacking it with other Nootropics. It’s already a quite comprehensive stack so I don’t see much need to add to it. The only things I combined it with was black coffee and tea. Don’t drink a lot of coffee on this stuff or you’ll become overstimulated!
- I would take my second dose in the early or mid-afternoon and I never noticed a detrimental effect on sleep. Thankfully it doesn’t contain caffeine (or any caffeine derivatives) so those who are slow caffeine metabolizers will not need to worry about it messing with their sleep.
I had hoped to experience some of the more acute effects of Lion’s Mane — its Neuroplasticity promoting effects, its immune-boosting effects, anti-depressive action, etc — but I don’t have much to report other than that I felt energized, focused and optimistic. I am currently working on learning a very challenging language and has remained challenging! The Neuroplasticity effects probably take longer-term usage to become apparent.
I would classify this primarily as a productivity-enhancing Nootropic stack; I was very productive in my work while using it…
- I developed and launched a new marketplace website.
- I wrote some very creative and intellectually stimulating articles that I’m quite proud of.
- I won a corporate consulting contract doing some very interesting research for a very cool organization.
- And I even managed to take a mini-vacation with my significant other.
About Lion’s Mane
Organic Lion’s Mane mushrooms farm grown in the USA on natural substrates, NOT mycelium that is grown on grain, this is what most mushroom products do, and it’s called “Grain Spawn” — That way of producing is antiquated and you lose 30–60% potency.
The Lion’s Mane in Neuro-Stack is 100% mushroom fruiting body. A huge difference in potency — this is a true full spectrum mushroom, most others are not. If a mushroom supplement doesn’t explicitly state (and prove) that it is none-mycelium, none-grain spawn and grown on natural substrates its probably crappy mushroom stock not worth consuming.
Check out the mushroom guru Paul Stamets interview with Joe Rogan
I’d encourage you to examine the certificate of analysis for the Lion’s Mane, and demand to see the COA of any mushroom supplement you’re considering purchasing or consuming! Mushrooms have a propensity to attract toxins, thus it’s key to check out the parts per million of undesirable toxins section of the COA, otherwise, you might end up consuming poisonous mushrooms.
In the notable 6-month double-blind placebo-controlled human study done on Lion’s Mane the dosage administered was 3 grams daily. You would have to do about 8 capsules daily of Neuro-Stack to get that much, although the study was done on cognitively impaired middle-aged and elderly Japanese patients. You probably need a whole lot less of the stuff. In human research, there are several remarkable effects of Lion’s Mane…
- Immune Promoting
Reduction of depression and anxiety by 4 weeks Hericium erinaceus intake. — PubMed — NCBI
Biomed Res. 2010 Aug;31(4):231–7. Randomized Controlled Trial
Nerve growth factor-inducing activity of Hericium erinaceus in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells. …
Biol Pharm Bull. 2008 Sep;31(9):1727–32. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t
Antitumor and immunoenhancing activities of polysaccharide from culture broth of Hericium spp. …
Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2001 Sep;17(9):461–7.
One of the things that give me more confidence in this product is its price. A unit of Neuro-Stack retails for $66. There’s simply no way to sell a Nootropic stack for $20 — $30 that contains the adequate dosage of high-quality ingredients — you’re better off just taking caffeine pills or drinking coffee. Since it costs more I’d encourage you to be more mindful about using it, here’s what I mean; I’m developing a mid-day flowstate regimen, a series of triggers that you could do in 20–40 minutes that will reliably result in a highly productive flowstate. Right now I’m thinking that three of the triggers would be…
- 15–20 minutes of mindfulness — could be meditation, Dual N-Back training or HRV training.
- 15 -20 minutes of a challenging task that provides immediate feedback — could be playing a video game, doing yoga or even something entailing social risk, like day game.
- Music — Get to work while listening to focus promoting music.
The Nootropics that you find in Neuro-Stack are conducive to flowstate. The higher price point of Neuro-Stack should make you more disciplined about habituating this kind of flowstate regimen.
I like this product because I think they optimized for quality of ingredients instead just trying to compete on price — it’s a real biohacker’s stack not an internet marketing product priced to sell. I’d rank this one among some of the better Nootropics stacks I’ve tried!
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