Are you currently hooked on adderall alternatives? Do you find yourself chewing 4-5 pieces of gum just to stay awake at work or school?
If the answer is yes, know that unlike traditional medicine for ADD/ADHD that help patients focus and improve overall cognitive function, Adderall is a stimulant medication. And if taken in high doses for long periods of time can lead to serious health conditions, such as heart problems.
Below are some natural supplements you can use to get the same benefits from Adderall without all of the side effects. The list includes supplements proven by medical studies to be effective in improving mental energy, mental acuity and focus without any negative side effects.
SAMe is short for S-Adenosyl Methionine. It is an amino acid that the body can manufacture, but has a high demand for, particularly during aging and after traumatic events. SAMe is a popular alternative to Adderall.
Choline is an important nutrient that helps with the formation of memory and learning, specifically we need it to form new memories from old ones. Mental burnout and side effects from Adderall are closely related to low levels of choline in the brain. A study published in 2006 showed consistent results when people supplemented with choline significantly improved memory performance and mental acuity without any adverse effects on heart health or anxiety.
Rhodiolarosea, also called Golden Root or Arctic Root and is considered a “super herb” due to its ability to help the mind when under stress. According to studies conducted on rats and humans Rhodiola showed positive results in helping people stay awake for long periods of time, lead more productive days, stay focused and improve symptoms of depression.
Bacopamonnieri has been used in alternative medicine for hundreds of years to improve mental performance and memory without the negative side effects that most prescription medication inflict on the body and brain. In mild cases, Bacopamonnieri can even induce a lucid dream state.
- Ginkgo biloba
In a study conducted by the German Institute of Medicinal Chemistry and Research, Ginkgo biloba was identified as “the most important single herb for preventing vascular dementia”. The Ginkgo biloba extract had highly favorable results for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, a plant derivative with the ability to help the body adapt to stress and cope with daily stressors. Studies have shown that Ashwagandha significantly improves mental performance while reducing anxiety in both animals and humans under stress.