Due to its adaptogenic effects on the dopamenergic and serotonergic systems, Bacopa may help those with distractibility, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity to take conscious control of their mental focus.
“Bacopa monnieri, commonly known as water hyssop, is an herb often used in Ayurveda.
Supplementing Bacopa monnieri has been shown to improve cognition, by means of reducing anxiety. It is also reliable for improving memory formation. Though effects of this nature are usually studied in the elderly, Bacopa monnieri appears to affect young people as well, making it a useful nootropic.
Since Bacopa monnieri is also an adaptogen, a relaxed person might experience a lack of motivation to work after supplementation. Theoretically, pairing Bacopa monnieri with a stimulant would ward off malaise, but this combination has not been tested.
Bacopa monnieri interacts with the dopamine and serotonergic systems, but its main mechanism concerns promoting neuron communication. It does this by enhancing the rate at which the nervous system can communicate by increasing the growth of nerve endings, also called dendrites. Bacopa monnieri is also an antioxidant.
Taking Bacopa monnieri on an empty stomach may cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea.”
High Quality Fish Oil
Since nueronal maturity is paramount in the regulation of dopamine, norepinephrin, and cerebullar function, the brain-building effects of the EPA and DHA in a high-quality fish oil have been studied extensively in those wrestling with ADHD with many surprising benefits.
From A meta-analysis of 25 studies on effects of ADHD postively impacted by fish oil supplementation.
“There is evidence that a ω-3 PUFA treatment has a positive effect on ADHD. It should be added that treatment could be more effective in patients with mild forms of ADHD. Moreover, the dosage of stimulant medication could be reduced when used in combination with ω-3 PUFA supplements.”
The calming and sharpening effects of this antioxidant naturally found in green tea has notably powerful sway on attention, anxiety, and even sleep quality. A synergistic combination of 100-200mg of caffiene may further increase the positive cognitive focus effect minus the excessive jitters!
“Theanine is an amino acid that is not common in the diet (not one of the essential amino acids or even one of the common nonessential amino acids), and is deemed a nondietary amino acid similar to L-Ornithine or L-Citrulline. L-Theanine has structural similarity to glutamine and both neurotransmitters that are produced from it (GABA and glutamate) and is known to reach the brain and act in the brain following oral ingestion.
The properties of L-theanine can be summed up as being a relaxing agent without sedation (relative to something like lemon balm which relaxes but may also sedate), and is also implicated in reducing the perception of stress and slightly improving attention. While L-theanine does not appear to induce sleep, it may (quite weakly) help with sleep although its potency suggests it may not be a good first line treatment for this.
Interestingly, the relaxing and attention promoting properties of L-theanine coupled with the lack of sedation may L-Theanine have its most significant supplemental role in attenuating the 'edge' of many stimulants. A combination of L-Theanine with caffeine (200mg each) is noted to be synergistic in promoting cognition and attention.”
Vetiver Essential Oil
Inhalation of vetiver essential oil showed an increase in attention levels, and this was reflected in measurements of brain activity.
The researchers noted that the effects of vetiver essential oil may be beneficial for learning and memory processes. It appears to have a stimulating effect even at low inhaled doses, and it may improve alertness and task performance.