Category Archives: guarana

a sprout, avocado, spirulina, kelp, and turmeric brain sauce dish washed with Rooibos and choline

this is a picture of my typical lunch these days before mixing it into a mesh. it is way filling and the brain boost is amazing. upon hearing that phosphatidylcholine increased curcumin bioavailability, i started to washed down my turmeric dish with a glass of water having a mixed tablespoon of TWINLAB Choline Cocktail containing 375mg choline dihydrogen citrate. the flavors were definitely not complementary. i accidentally discovered a flavorful mix by adding a choline teaspoon to  a Rooibos tea sitting about. the powder contents of an Alpha GPC having 300mg of L-alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine.

regarding food as medicine, using a small amount of coconut oil, i cook up tofu which contains phosphatidylcholine and heat the turmeric brain sauce to activate the turmeric although the quercetin in the white onions and capers are diminished in quality so first toast the tofu cubes then add the turmeric brain sauce and lower the heat to the lowest stove level. for me as a male, this is an occasional once a week meal to avoid an estrogen increase.

the fatty oils in avocado help to increase turmeric bioavailability. spiralina and kelp came just for the ride. you can see how to grow lentil sprouts from a few of my other blog posts.

spout_dish_10per        AlphaGPC_10per

here is a quote from one research paper,

“Male Wistar rats received 340 mg/kg of either unformulated curcumin or curcumin formulated with phosphatidylcholine (Meriva) by oral gavage. Curcumin, the accompanying curcuminoids desmethoxycurcumin and bisdesmethoxycurcumin, and the metabolites tetrahydrocurcumin, hexahydrocurcumin, curcumin glucuronide, and curcumin sulfate were identified in plasma, intestinal mucosa, and liver of rats which had received Meriva. Peak plasma levels for parent curcumin after administration of Meriva were 5-fold higher than the equivalent values seen after unformulated curcumin dosing. Similarly, liver levels of curcumin were higher after administration of Meriva as compared to unformulated curcumin. In contrast, curcumin concentrations in the gastrointestinal mucosa after ingestion of Meriva were somewhat lower than those observed after administration of unformulated curcumin.39 These results suggest that curcumin formulated with phosphatidylcholine furnishes higher systemic levels of parent agent than unformulated curcumin. In an attempt to increase the aqueous solubility of hydrophobic drugs, Letchford et al., showed a 13 × 10 5 fold increase in curcumin solubility in a polymeric micellar formulation containing methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-polycaprolactone diblock copolymers (MePEG-b-PCL).71”

you can find the curcumin and choline link at, “Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises”



fixes for a fear of public speaking

Guarana to help alleviate a fear of public speaking?

Guaranasuppose you can take this anecdotally, it works for me and that’s the only evidence i have. i’m now trying to figure a schedule to consume Guarana 400mg to go along with my daily nootropics. by shear dumb luck after my San Diego AirBnb fellow roommate Greig handed me a few OTC supplements of Guarana, i discovered Guarana 400mg in particular helps to me to overcome a fear of public speaking. however, as a developer happy to be introvert, Guarana 400mg helped to deliver progress on daily morning team scrum meetings. Guarana at 200mg was barely below threshold. i’m on a vigil for some neuroscience news to back this up 🙂 but for now i’m running with it.




Inderal (as Propranolol)

wow! things have changed the past decade when the only suggestions were typified by the response of a friend co-worker professor “take a shot of vodka” – i did just this on one contract site and it almost cost me the job from a performance hit especially as daily scrum meeting are early morning. a Google search for “medication fear public speaking” popped-out Inderal as a top forum favorite.

from Medication for public speaking phobia?,

Propranolol (beta blocker) works great, has very little potential for abuse, is safe, and is inexpensive in the generic form. I use it a couple of times per year when I have to give a presentation. Works like a charm for me. Atenolol is another option and is very similar to Propranolol. I would stay away from benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Librium). posted by alex1965 at 8:41 AM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]