If you’re looking to boost your cognitive performance, such as memory, concentration, attentions, executive function and more than what herb will suit you best?
I’ll start by saying that everyone is different. What this means is that there is no clear winner. What works better for one person may work worse for another, or even not at all.
No number of studies will really show what will work for you. Personal experimentation is the key to that. (Of course studies are useful starting points with which to gauge what is worth trying for our own experiments.)
Personally, it’s a close call for me.
I really like Bacopa, the #1 herbal nootropic, as I feel like it is “instant focus”. And I mean that literally. Especially in our powder form, which has been described as tasting like a hamster cage smells, it’s as if my mind zeroes in. The mental cobwebs dissipate, and I can focus on whatever task is at hand.
I love Bacopa for this instant effect. Anything that many people can feel right away is a good thing in my book. (Not everyone has this sensitivity however.)
And still, if we look at studies especially in those that need a cognitive boost, we find that Bacopa delivers the best results when taken everyday for a period of a couple of months.
Here’s a few reviews for Bacopa…
“After taking this for a week or two, I was surprised how much my memory improved. I will be ordering more.”
“As with all the herbs I’ve tried and continue taking-Bacopa is no exception. I have been taking as directed for over a month now and can say, it’s awesome! It wasn’t the enhanced focus that I first noticed, but the fact that I generally feel more uplifted mentally-I feel more social and generally happy-I’m a pretty happy person in general, but this gives the brain an extra boost for the day!And yes, the ability to stay focused is a wonderful benefit too!”
“I don’t know how to explain it but I’ve been taking your bacopa product for about a month as directed. I am noticing less brain fog and the ability to get my work done a little easier. I noticed something after about a week while I was making my normal crappy commute to my office. Usually I am so exhausted and in a fog while driving and it started concerning me. I now take the bacopa in the morning, and I feel more clear minded, and it’s hard to explain, but my vision seems better because my mind is relaxed. I am definitely re-ordering. Thank you for making quality products.”
Now, let’s talk Lion’s Mane Mushroom. This is called the “Mushroom for the Brain” because of it supporting NGF (nerve growth factors) and more.
Lion’s Mane does not have an instant effect that I feel. Instead, it is more of a long-term play.
What I’ve noticed, and other people also report, is that they notice a difference when they stop taking it. It’s like the effects build slowly and cumulatively over time, but when you stop it provides a contrast.
Like you’re searching for that word and just can’t find it.
Let’s see what a few others say…
“I suffer some confusion from a frontal lobe injury. Since the use of Lion’s Mane I have been able to hold my mental acuity together more easily. It comes in a great looking package and lasts a long time. I like mine in my morning coffee.”
“If I could give Lion’s Mane ten stars I would! I noticed a difference within five days of taking it. I don’t wake up in the morning feeling tired, I have mental clarity, I can remember numbers now, and weirdly enough my eyesight has improved. Amazing product and can’t wait to see what happens long term!”
“I’m new to lions mane …im trying 5 companies products. I’m 3 in, and so far yours is better hands down. Noticed a difference after my second dose!”
So some people are noticing the effects of this one faster than me.
I’ll leave off with one final thought. There really is no versus in the herbal world. The combination can often be more powerful than either one by itself. So if you’re looking for a cognitive boost your best bet would be to take Bacopa AND Lion’s Mane.