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Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition.

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Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN is Vice President of Scientific Affairs at mindbodygreen. She received her bachelor's degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia.

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Whether we realize it or not, memory is an essential cognitive function we use every day as we're driving to the store, dialing a phone number we know by heart, or recalling a new co-worker's name so we can give a friendly greeting in the office.

Memory supplements can help support these daily activities.* But not all memory supplements are created equal. That's why we asked mindbodygreen's vice president of scientific affairs Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN, to scour the market to find the 16 best memory supplements available today.

Do memory supplements work?

There's a lot of skepticism regarding memory supplements floating around the internet, so let's address the elephant in the room: Yes, memory supplements work.

Do they magically restore your memories or provide superhuman cognitive abilities? No, of course not. As cool as it would be to live in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where magic and superpowers exist, we prefer to lean on science here.

And scientifically speaking, there are both preclinical studies (i.e., animals) and clinical trials (i.e., humans) that show that many nutrients, botanicals, and bioactives featured in dietary supplements demonstrate statistical and clinical significance for memory, recall, and related brain outcomes (e.g., learning, processing, retention, and cognitive performance).*

That said, memory supplements are not designed to reverse specific brain health concerns but rather support memory and promote overall brain function. We're talking proactive cognitive support and brain longevity, hereand the earlier the better!*

Yes, memory supplements work. But to work effectively, they need to include efficacious doses of premium forms of nutrients, botanicals, and bioactives with scientific evidence that demonstrates they optimize brain health and cognitive function in some capacity.*

Vitamins and other ingredients that support memory.

There's a wide variety of neuronutrientsincluding vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and other bioactivesthat demonstrate nootropic mechanisms (i.e., they promote brain health and function in one or more ways).

In addition to cognitive benefits such as focus, attention, concentration, alertness, cerebral blood flow, mood support, stress resilience, and neurotransmitter synthesis, many of these ingredients have a specific effectwhether direct or indirecton memory creation, recall, and retention.

Board-certified neurologist and environmental toxicologist Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., encourages her clients to utilize nootropic supplements to complement their holistic health habits. "Clean foods, movement, meditation, and spending time in nature are critical for brain nutrition, regeneration, and longevity," she explains. "As part of my integrative approach to neurology, I also value smart, holistic formulas that nourish and support brain function and elevate cognitive potential, regardless of stage in life."

Here are some key types of nootropic ingredients, plus specific examples of how they promote memory and overall cognitive function.


Many vitaminsincluding vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin K, and B vitamins (especially B6, B9, and B12)demonstrate nootropic mechanisms by regulating neurotransmitter production, aiding in the methylation cycle, and promoting anti-inflammatory actions.*

For example, in a 2016 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, participants with lower vitamin B12 levels had suboptimal memory performance (even when their B12 levels were considered to be in a "normal" range). Researchers believe this is because vitamin B12 helps promote microstructural integrity of the hippocampus, which is a major part of the brain that helps us process and retrieve memories.*


Another unique set of micronutrients, mineralssuch as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and ironplay a role in brain health by promoting neurotransmitter synthesis, mitochondrial function, cellular signaling, and more.*

In a 2010 preclinical study published in Neuron, researchers discovered that increased levels of magnesium L-threonate in the brain improved short-term neuroplasticity, long-term potentiation (i.e., synapse signaling), and both learning and memory functions in rats.*

Amino acids

The essential building blocks of proteins throughout our body, amino acids also have a profound effect on neurotransmitter synthesis, helping regulate everything from mood to motivation in the brain.*

For example, L-tyrosine is a precursor for the neurotransmitter dopamine, which plays a part in mental energy, motivation, and happiness. According to a 2013 Frontiers review, increasing your L-tyrosine intake (through diet or supplementation) can help promote working memory updates which are the brain's "screening system" to decide whether or not new information is worth holding on to.* (Pretty cool, huh?)

In addition to L-tyrosine, here are some other amino acids that promote memory and overall cognitive function:*


We believe in the healing power of plants at mbg, and when it comes to nootropic mechanismsboy do botanicals deliver! Ranging from ancient Indigenous plants to adaptogenic mushrooms and Ayurvedic herbs, these dynamic plants promote myriad brain health benefitsincluding increased stress resilience, enhanced executive function, and improved memory (just to name a few).*

"Evidence-based botanicals with nootropic actions are one of my specialties as a naturopathic health care practitioner. One of the most exciting botanicals in the cognitive arena is the South African succulent Sceletium tortuosum (aka kanna)," shares Jeremy Appleton, N.D., director of scientific and medical affairs at PLT Health Solutions Inc. "The clinically researched and patented Zembrin extract promotes mental agility and calm, at the same time. Through its impact on serotonin levels, brain waves, and neurocircuitry, this unique plant extract helps reduce reactivity to stress, elevates executive function, and enhances cognitive flexibility."*

According to a 2017 study on older adults from the World Journal of Neuroscience, kanna's ability to influence brain activity affects a number of emotional and cognitive processesincluding memory and attention.*

And kanna is only the edge of the nootropic botanical garden. Here are some other powerhouse plants that support memory and other cognitive functions:*


Phytonutrients (aka phytochemicals) are organic compounds intrinsic to and sourced from botanicals. You're likely already familiar with a few of these plant bioactivesor their benefits, at least.

Caffeine is an ancient, widely consumed phytonutrient found in foods and beverages like coffee, tea, and cacao that many people are intimately familiar with and utilize for its energizing benefits. Targeted supplements with sustained-release caffeine are also a more novel, innovative offering in the world of energizing phytonutrients.*

Other phytonutrients might not be as well known by name, like curcumin. If you've heard of turmeric root's anti-inflammatory properties, you can thank curcuminthe principal curcuminoid in turmericfor its whole-body health benefits (including your noggin).*

When it comes to memory support, the red-wine-famous phytonutrient resveratrol (which can be derived from fermentation or Japanese knotweed to be used in supplements) is especially beneficial.*

In a 2020 Nutrients study, resveratrol supplementation was found to improve verbal memory in postmenopausal women.* Researchers believe this benefit is largely due to resveratrol's antioxidant and cerebrovascular properties; indeed, because it brings blood to the brain and keeps free radicals out, resveratrol has been found to be universally helpful for cognitive function and brain longevity.*

Here are some additional phytonutrients that support memory and brain function:*

Other neuronutrients

There are a few compounds that don't fit so neatly into the categories above but still deserve a seat at the table of nootropics.

Neuronutrient citicoline (aka CDP-choline) is massively beneficial to promoting and maintaining cognitive functionanytime but especially later in life.* In a 2021 study on healthy older adults published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that citicoline supplementation (specifically, Cognizin) enhanced overall memory, with significant improvements in episodic memory.*

Award-winning cognitive health researcher and lead author of the study Eri Nakazaki, Ph.D., shares that powerhouse neuronutrient citicoline boasts a robust body of published scientific evidence. "This nootropic has impressive efficacy to nourish and promote our brain and executive functionsupporting the structure and function of our neurons, neurotransmitter levels (especially acetylcholine), and diverse cognitive metrics spanning brain energy, attention, memory, and cognitive performance."*

Phospholipidsthink phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholineand other key phospholipid precursors (citicoline) or constituents (brain-centric omega-3 fats EPA and DHA) are incredibly vital to overall brain function.* They help maintain the structure, function, and integrity of cellular membranes, which make up the outer layer of all cells (including those in the brain like neurons and glia).*

Science-backed nootropics

We searched for brands with nootropic ingredients that deliver cognitive benefits proven by science.

Efficacious dosing & form

You can trust the products included in this list have the best forms and dosesno "sprinkling" over here!

While not every formula can be 100% derived from plants, we found products that feature as many botanicals, herbs, and phytonutrient ingredients as possible.

We prioritize brands with a clear emphasis on quality testing (purity and potency) with products that feature high-quality active ingredients and "other ingredient" lists that are short and clean.

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

Environmental impact: sustainably packaged

For enhanced memory creation, recall, and retention, brain guard+ is the supplement to beat. In addition to supporting critical memory function, this cutting-edge brain-centric formula features a trio of clinically researched ingredients in their full-potency doses to promote cognitive benefits today and brain longevity down the road: Powerhouse neuronutrient citicoline promotes neuronal and neurotransmitter health; unique botanical kanna improves executive function, stress resilience, and cognitive flexibility; and resveratrol bolsters blood flow to the brain for optimal cognitive function. Talk about a stacked lineup you won't forget!*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

Believe it or not, our emotional health has a profound impact on our ability to remember things. This comprehensive mood-enhancing supplement is packed to the brim with adaptogenic herbs that not only support memory and attention but promote stress resilience as well to ensure you feel calm, cool, and collected as you perform mentally taxing tasks. With essential nutrients, amino acid ingredients like L-theanine, GABA, and 5-HTP that bolster feel-good neurotransmitter synthesis, and a "Zen Blend" of adaptogenic herbs (i.e., holy basil, ashwagandha, kanna, and saffron), this array of neuronturients and botanicals is sure to deliver improved focus and clarity and support a stress-free, healthy mood.*

Form: capsule, softgel

Dietary considerations: gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free

If you're looking for a handful of daily nootropic supplements that check a number of cognitive boxes, this brain bundle may be for you. This package includes a one-month supply of brainMD's top brain health supplements: two brain-focused multivitamin capsules, two brain and memory capsules, and one fish oil softgel. They should all be taken twice a day. Neurovite Plus delivers a vast array (over 50 ingredients!) of essential vitamins and minerals, plus brain-supporting neuronutrients and nootropics like pterostilbene, resveratrol, and choline. With brain-directed ingredients (think phospholipids like phosphatidylserine and herbal botanicals like Ginkgo biloba and huperzine A), these supplements promote brain energy, communication, and performance. Finally, Omega-3 Power fish oil delivers a concentrated dose of EPA plus DHA to support healthy cognition (including memory recall and retention), mood balance, and focus and communication.*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

If you're passionate about neurohacking, this supplement is for you. This ingredient list is overflowing with nootropic capabilities; you'll receive brain-centric vitamins, botanicals, amino acids, and other bioactives that deliver memory support and prompt overall cognitive function. Designed with mental performance in mind, this is a full-on regimen (read: seven capsules daily) powered by B vitamins, carnitine, artichoke leaf, velvet bean, rhodiola root extract, and loads more. With 28 total active ingredients, you'll benefit from various brain-supporting actionssuch as energy, focus, memory, mood centering, and mental clarity and acuity.*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegetarian

Environmental impact: sustainably packaged

Memory performance can't be top-notch without the ability to focus clearly. Enter: focus+. In just one capsule, this focus supplement delivers instant- and extended-release energy from organic whole coffee berry and green coffee beans, as part of an array of clinically researched botanicals and bioactives. These vegetarian nootropic ingredients don't just help with focus and concentration, thoughcaffeine, guarana, vitamin B12, and Panax ginseng enhance speed and reaction time of memory task performance. From productivity and energy to memory and learning, this daily supplement has you covered.*

Form: softgel

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free

Phospholipids are essential for brain cell structure, function, and integrity. In fact, every cell membrane in the brain and throughout the body is made up of these specialized lipids. This supplement delivers a potent dose of phospholipids (derived from sunflower oil as opposed to soy, like many other phospholipid ingredients on the market) to support neurological function and overall brain health. The main phospholipid of the complex, phosphatidylcholine (PC), is crucial for building healthy brain cell membranes, maintaining neurological function, and synthesizing neurotransmitters that regulate memory, mood, and intelligence. If it's a brain-boosting dose of functional fats you're after, this phospholipid complex delivers.*

Form: softgel

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free

Environmental impact: sustainably packaged

Naturally found in brain cell membranes, neuronutrient phosphatidylserine is a key central nervous system phospholipid that aids in global brain function and supports a healthy mind. The problem? Like many brain-critical nutrients, phosphatidylserine levels can decrease with age and lead to suboptimal cognitive performance down the road. This supplement delivers 200 milligrams of phosphatidylserine derived from natural sources to modulate healthy levels of the specialized brain lipid, which in turn supports neuronal messages, memory, and information retention (a win for brain longevity at all ages!).*

Form: softgel

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free

Environmental impact: sustainably sourced, sustainably packaged

Your daily must-have essential for brain health, omega-3 potency+ delivers critical neuroprotective fatty acids EPA and DHA that support brain structure, memory, communication, and function. With 1,500 milligrams of EPA plus DHA in their triglyceride form (i.e., the optimal, most bioavailable form) in each serving of omega-3 potency+, this supplement provides comprehensive support for your brain health needs. Sustainably sourced from sea to softgel, this premium fish oil comes from 100% wild-caught, cold-water anchovies from the South Pacific, with third-party verified ORIVO certification technology for authenticity. Plus, organic lemon oil and organic rosemary make for the freshest experience (and no aftertaste).*

Form: tablet

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free

Environmental impact: sustainably packaged

If you're seeking healthy aging in the brain, huperzine A is a phytochemical that should be on your radar. This nootropic compound helps regulate healthy neurotransmitter levels; bolster memory, learning, and cognition; and protect nerve cells. In addition to a clinically backed dose (200 micrograms) of huperzine A derived from toothed clubmoss, this supplement includes an immunomodulatory proline-rich-polypeptide (PRP) complex from colostrum that helps stabilize cognitive function. Together, these ingredients foster neuroprotection, cognitive support, and neurological function now and later in life.*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan/vegetarian

Evidence shows that curcumina principal phytochemical in turmericcan help increase levels of the brain protein BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF supports the growth and function of neurons, which in turn promotes brain longevity by maintaining healthy cognitive function. In addition to 250 milligrams of turmeric root extract, this nootropic supplement is jam-packed with other brain-essential botanicals (lemon balm, ginkgo, and bacopa), antioxidants (resveratrol, lutein, and zeaxanthin), amino acids (acetyl-l-carnitine), and phospholipids (phosphatidylserinederived from sunflower oil instead of soy, we might add) that deliver comprehensive memory support, promote cerebral blood flow, and support neurotransmitter production.*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

Supporting both memory and mood, this supplement covers your emotional and cognitive bases. In addition to Ayurvedic herb bacopa, which has been clinically shown to promote memory acquisition, retention, and recall (especially in older adults), this impressive ingredient list delivers an entourage of herbal extracts sourced from five additional unique botanicals: whole grape, wild blueberry, ashwagandha, American ginseng, and huperzine A from toothed clubmoss extract. Chock-full of plant bioactives, this formula targets multiple brain mechanisms, from promoting healthy levels of neurotransmitter acetylcholine to supporting neuronal function and the transmission of nerve impulses (so your brain can stay sharp and send all those important messages!).*

Form: capsule

Dietary considerations: GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

Magnesium is an essential macromineral that's needed throughout the body (and yes, the brain) every day to support a slew of physiological functions. The problem? Many Americans don't get enough magnesium. This brain-focused magnesium supplement offers 144 milligrams of magnesium in a highly absorbable form developed by MIT researchers that has been shown to deposit greater amounts of the essential mineral in brain tissue: magnesium L-threonate. This magnesium supplement helps maintain synaptic connections, bolster neuronal integrity, improve executive and cognitive function, and support both short- and long-term memory. Since healthy levels of the mineral are challenging to sustain as we age, supplementing with magnesium can be especially beneficial to healthy brain aging and longevity (whether you take it in college or retirement!).*

Form: powder

Dietary considerations: USDA certified organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan/vegetarian

Environmental impact: sustainably sourced, sustainably packaged

Looking for a nootropic-packed powder to deliver brainpower to your daily beverages? This award-winning powder contains all your favorite brain-healthy adaptogenic mushrooms (lion's mane, reishi, and cordyceps) and herbs (turmeric, ginkgo biloba, and gotu kola), plus black pepper to make sure you're getting the most out of turmeric root's curcuminoids. From memory recall support to improved cerebral blood flow, these brainy botanicals are sure to enhance your cognition and make your day. Add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie, or mix with your favorite nut milk for an earthy and nutritious golden mylk latteyou''ll feel mentally clear and ready to take on whatever cognitive task lies ahead!*

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The Best EEG Headset In 2021

Posted: December 17, 2021 at 10:58 am

EEG Headset Reviews: Our Recommendations At A Glance

With a battery life of 10 hours and Bluetooth-enabled connectivity, the Muse S is one of the most convenient EEG devices on the market, and with the most features: assistance in sleeping, meditation, and heart rate monitoring among others. However, many user reviews complain about software bugs.

Although it has a shorter battery life than the Muse S and is not designed to track sleep, the Muse 2 is a great option for people who are looking for a more affordable EEG headset that provides real-time feedback on your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements to build a more consistent meditation practice.

Emotiv EPOC X is their flagship product, with 14 fixed sensors to accurately measure brain activity. It boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours, and is mainly intended for neurohacking. It requires a saline solution, which may be inconvenient for non-professional users. But overall, it takes around 5 minutes to set up, and is fairly easy once you get down the basics.

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Insight is geared towards beginners, as it is much easier to use and doesnt require gel or saline solution. With five 2D sensors, you can expect lower imaging resolution, but its still a good option for performance and wellness tracking.

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Emotiv EPOC FLEX is an excellent option for research purposes and is reserved only for the biggest DIY fanatics. This device is a lot more complicated to use, as sensors need to be manually configured like with medical EEG, and it uses saline solution or gel to set up. It has 32 channels that allow high-quality analysis, but it wont matter much if you dont know what youre doing.

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Manipulating our bodys biology through biohacking is one way we can improve our experience of the world. Neurohacking, one of the forms of biohacking, has been particularly popular since the 80s. It refers to altering brain function to get a desired outcome, such as better focus, cognitive improvement, or creativity boost.

EEG headsets are neurofeedback devices that can help with neurohacking, as they have become commercially available in recent years. The idea is to give everybody a better insight into their brain and get some actual benefits like improved sleep, relaxation, and mental focus.

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a method of tracking the electrical activity of the brain. It measures small voltage fluctuations that result from ionic currents in neurons. In laymans terms, it measures brain waves.

EEG is commonly used for diagnosing epilepsy, sleep disorders, coma, brain death, encephalopathies, tumors, brain disorders, strokes, depth of anesthesia, and more. Some of these uses have decreased with the development of MRI and CT, but EEG remains a valuable diagnostic tool.

The medical EEG procedure typically requires a medical professional to place several gel-coated electrodes on a patients head. However, the new generation of consumer EEG headsets usually dont require gel, and are much easier to use than traditional medical EEG.

EEG headsets are now widely used for improving focus and productivity, reducing anxiety, accelerating learning, relaxing before bed, improving sleep, and enhancing athletic performance.

Youll need to do a bit of research to find the best EEG headset. First, figure out what you need it for. You wont need a clinical-grade EEG headset if you are looking to unwind and practice meditation.

EEG headset price will be one of the main factors when making your selection, but dont let it be the only one. You should consider how many sensors (channels) the set has, as it affects imaging quality. More is, in this case, better.

You should also consider the ease of use, app and device compatibility, whether it uses saline solutions, gels, or is labeled as a dry eeg headset, etc.

Muse is probably the most popular EEG headset brand on the market and offers 2 main EEG headsets: Muse S and Muse 2. The main difference between the two seems to be in battery life, as Muse S can track your brain activity for up to 10 hours, to last through the whole night, while Muse 2 only has a battery life of 5 hours. Other than that, the two headsets mainly seem to differ in software, while the hardware is relatively similar. These headbands are perfect for beginners as they are fairly easy to use, but dont expect high-level imaging as there are only four sensors. Both headsets can also monitor movement, heart rate, and breathing rate.

URGOnight is an at-home training program thats designed to improve sleep quality. It should be used 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week, and is backed by 4 years of research and development.

Your training program is fully customized and before each session, the difficulty of your exercise will be adjusted according to your state of mind that day. URGOnight allows users to track their progress and also allows them to set reminders to complete their daily sessions.

The URGOnight Headband utilizes advanced EEG-based measurement with rapid signal transmission in milliseconds and has multiple adjustments for size, allowing it to fit all head shapes. It also contains gold-plated dry sensors, retractable sensor pins, and a hypoallergenic and durable silicon strap.

Flowtime is a lesser-known EEG headset available on Amazon that can help you get detailed readings of your brainwaves, heart rate, attention, pressure levels, and more. The idea is to read this data during meditation, using the feedback to help you reach a deeper meditative state.

The design is light and modern, so its comfortable to wear. A few users have reported problems with the app, but fortunately this can be improved through software patches.

Emotiv is a well-known brand that offers several portable headband options. Their devices have been used in scientific experiments and showed high accuracy.

Emotiv EPOC X is their flagship product, with 14 fixed sensors to accurately measure brain activity. It boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours, and is mainly intended for neurohacking. It requires a saline solution, which may be inconvenient for non-professional users. But overall, it takes around 5 minutes to set up, and is fairly easy once you get down the basics.

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Emotiv EPOC FLEX is an excellent option for research purposes and is reserved only for the biggest DIY fanatics. This device is a lot more complicated to use, as sensors need to be manually configured like with medical EEG, and it uses saline solution or gel to set up. It has 32 channels that allow high-quality analysis, but it wont matter much if you dont know what youre doing.

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Insight is geared towards beginners, as it is much easier to use and doesnt require gel or saline solution. With five 2D sensors, you can expect lower imaging resolution, but its still a good option for performance and wellness tracking.

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MyndPlay EEG Brainwave headset offers access to an interactive mind-controlled video platform that allows users to interact with video games, apps, and movies with their mind. The headset responds to your brainwaves, and it produces an appropriate action that stimulates your brain to improve attention, encourage relaxation, lower anxiety, and improve mental health.

Although using EEG headsets as controllers for complex video games is still in the future right now they lack the needed precision and fidelity MyndPlay has a number of simple games that can keep you entertained while you work on your focus and relaxation.

Have you ever wanted to control things with your mind? Mindflex is a simple headset that allows just that, by using a simple EEG device as a controller for an electronic toy.

Once you put on the Mindflex headset, youll be able to move a ball over the game console using your mind. There are five challenging games available for 1 to 4 players, so you can play alone or with your friends. The goal is to move the ball through various funnels, hoops, hurdles, funnels, and other obstacles and test your speed and concentration skills.

The Mindwave Mobile 2 is another headset from NeuroSky, but this one is meant as an entry-level neurohacking headset. It features only one sensor, and is intended for total beginners and children, or people looking for a cheap EEG headset to start with.

Mindwave is an excellent cheap EEG headset that comes with tons of free and paid apps in their store, compared to most headsets that only feature one. You can find anything from games to apps that help you relax, reduce stress, improve focus, and more.

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VAGA Group has launched a new website - The site will be taking over from, which previously published all of the biohacking publication's reviews, articles and news. will be run by Brian Johnson, who also remains Editor of

VAGA, the biotechnology company and biohacking publication, has launched a new website: The site will publish supplement reviews, biohacking articles, and the latest news from the world of biotechnology and biohacking. As was the case with, will primarily focus on specific areas of biohacking, including: neurohacking and nootropics, probiotics and microbiome engineering, immune system modulation, and longevity research. The site will publish in-depth supplement reviews on the latest and most popular nootropics, probiotics, prebiotics, omega 3 capsules, multivitamins, and greens powders on the market. was launched to allow to shift focus onto more popular articles aimed at people new to biohacking, as well as more general interest biotechnology content., by contrast, will amost exclusively focus on supplement reviews and news relating to biotechnology advances.

According to Brian Johnson, Editor and primary author of most of VAGA's content, the new site will help VAGA deliver better content to its readers. He said: " will allow us to provide much more extensive and in-depth reviews of the newest biohacking supplements while simultaneously giving our readers the kind of readable, fun and engaging content they demand."

VAGARIGHTS is based in New York. You can contact the biotechnology company at 111 Broadway #1006, New York, NY 10006, United States. Alternatively, you can reach the Editor, Brian Johnson, at Press enquiries should be sent to

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Neurohacking, Brain Health and the Formula of the Future …

Posted: June 1, 2020 at 3:50 am

The word itself neurohacking sounds a little futuristic, a little too on-the-nose and ripped straight from the Matrix movies or an old sci-fi book.

And yet here we are, living at a time when the purposeful tweaking of brain functions is fast becoming an everyday practice for those eager to improve their mental and emotional well-being.

Neurohacking is, simply, a collection of practices intended to upgrade the mind and boost ones personal capacities, and it is not as outlandish as it first seems.

Lets take a commonplace example, say, having a cup of coffee. The chemical properties of caffeine affect your central nervous system and therefore your brain, increasing mental energy and focus. When you sip on that morning cup, youre ingesting a substance that enhances performance. So, in a way, youre hacking your consciousness.

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When a cluster of these cognitive enhancing bio-hacks are happening simultaneously, one can be said to be in a flow state, a concept that most of us are familiar with, and one that is widely used as an experiential and experimental benchmark in neurohacking.

Flow states, being in the zone, living in the moment. Weve all had those experiences.

An unflappable and quiet invincibility, done effortlessly without second thought or doubt, when time stands still and the outside world fades away, leaving nothing but a perfect state of you, where Being and Doing overlap, and then merge to become indistinguishable from each other. Stars align, vectors cross perfectly, stars align and we find ourselves incapable of doing wrong: knocking down a barrage of three-pointers, absolutely crushing the critical sales presentation, intrinsically grasping all of the subtleties of a subject during an intense study session.

While rare, we all yearn to experience these moments of transcendence again. Neurohacking, however, sees the flow state as the Holy Grail, and strives to create and then recreate those perfect conditions to be our most perfect self. Currently, the most researched and popular way to do so is through nootropics.

Another term pulled straight from the future, nootropics are also known as smart-drugs and cognitive enhancers, and are any drugs, supplements or substances that purport to improve cognitive functions, particularly focus, memory, creativity and motivation.

Do a quick online scan and youll see that a proliferation of nootropics has flooded the market recently. Some are clearly just riding the wave, while others are better-intentioned and better-designed.

One common problem across the spectrum of companies, however, is that they often fail to deliver a complete and well-rounded product; their nootropics are usually developed so narrowly as to only optimize or enhance one small aspect of cognition at the expense of others. For example, a nootropic may deliver on boosting your mental energy but fail to help you focus, so youll lack the calibration necessary to harness that energy and your efforts will scattershot.

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Clearly, it seems that what is missing is a more systemic, unified approach.

Enter the Neurohacker Collective, a group of scientists, intellectuals and researchers who are exploring the frontiers of bio-plasticity from a higher-order perspective, and working to develop and promote an overall and integrated strategy of complete care for the self.

By stressing the complexity and interdependence of all the factors that make up ones cognitive and emotional well-being, their lofty mission is no less than to upgrade our capacity as a species.

Diverging from the many other nootropic supplements that only focus on a single aspect of improving cognitive functioning, the Neurohacker Collective aims to address the entire body/mind interface and provide many of the tools necessary to enhance cognition.

The Neurohacker Collective seems to be one step ahead of the game, imagining not just a way to cultivate and extend flow states, but better yet, envisioning a future where that state is the new normal.

This future could very well be in Qualia, developed by the Neurohacker Collective, and one of the most comprehensive nootropics on the market that integrates the best available research on cognitive development into a complex, holistic product.

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‘Neurohacking’ cream which ‘helps memory and learning’ could be available in 5 years – Mirror Online

Posted: November 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Scientists claim a new cream helps users learn to speak new languages and play musical instruments.

The outlandish boast was made by the team behind "neurohacking" cream dihexa.

And according to reports it could be available in the UK within five years.

It was developed by experts at Washington State University in an effort to combat Alzheimer's disease.

Developers say it does this by slowing cell death and suppressing enzymes which wipe out chemicals used for memory and learning.

The product is on sale in the US, but makers say they do not know if Brits will embrace it as keenly.

Dr Daniel Stickler, who represents biotech company Apeiron, told the Sunday Telegraph : "When we were in London and meeting people, we were presenting this idea of improving human behaviour and we were finding that as long as there were other people worse off than them it was all OK, they just kept calm and carried on.

"That mindset was very different for us coming from the US where we have a very large percentage of people who think, 'I know I'm good but I want to get better.'"

He added: "If youre learning to play the guitar or something, its really good for creating that kind of mental response."

Back in 2012, Prof Joe Harding, of the Washington State University, said: "This is about recovering function

"That's what makes these things totally unique. They're not designed necessarily to stop anything.

"They're designed to fix what's broken. As far as we can see, they work."

Trials have shown the drug can imprve concentration, mood and memory.

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Botanical Biohacking Discover the tradition and science …

Posted: August 9, 2017 at 5:19 am

#31.Lans Tibetan Herbal Expedition: Departure

We have some exciting projects underway. Find out about the research team, and the incredible serendipity surrounding this project. Discover how by sharing this podcast you have been part of the herb-to-clinic revolution and how you have helped support a Tibetan orphanage.

#30.Dang Gui: The Queen Herb For Womens Health

This fun episode takes you through the folktale of dang gui, as well as revealing the cutting edge pharmacology of herbal formulas that are miraculous for womens health.

#27-29. Dr Whalen Trilogy

Join Zen Master and Anesthesiologist Tom Whalen MD on a three-part journey from overwork and burnout to thriving in chaos and recharging on the go.

#26.Fecal Transplants: An Unusual, But Highly Effective Solution for Restoring Harmony in the Gut.

What if there was an easy way to treat colitis using microscopic flora found living within us? Today we are joined by microbiologist Amy (Bunny) Christie to talk about fecal transplants and their applications.

#25. Animal Ailments

Does dog diarrhea ever destroy your day? Feel sad seeing your pets limp around with arthritis? Do you hate it when your warhorses are suffering from parasites while defending the Chinese border from blood thirsty Jurchen hordes? Whether you want to enjoy a happier time with your pets, reduce your vet bills, or simply win a war with medicine, this is the podcast episode you will want to download and share with your friends.

#24. Email Answers 2

You have questions? We have answers. Thank you for reaching out with more great questions. In this episode, we cover pesticides in teas, coffee for fat loss and a single herb claimed to treat cancer. Please keep the questions coming.

#23. Bones of Steel

Botanical secrets for increasing bone strength

#22. Timing

#21. Discover How a Former Pro Skater Used Natural Medicine to Restore His Knees

#20. Tragically Paralyzed Woman Walks Again After Using This Botanical Formula

#19. Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)

#18. Botanical Skin Care

#17. Botanical Solutions For Chronic Infectious Diseases

#16. Post-Antibiotic Solution Jin Yin Hua

#15. Biohacking Bladder Control

#14. Email Answers 1

#13. Integrative Eye Specialist Dr. Andy Rosenfarb

#12. Scientifically Supported Teas For Fat Loss

#11. Ten Ways To Spot Pseudoscience InNatural Medicine

#10. When Ginseng Can Kill You And Seven Other Times Not To Use It

#9. Biohacking Opioid Dependence-Guests: Dr. Thomas Whalen and Dr. Michael Prihdam

#8. How Breathing and Plant Flavors Influence Gasotransmitters

#7. How Gases and Bacteria Can Unlock Extraordinary Abilities

#6. Mastering Your Fear and Boosting Your Focus:In crazy times, mastering your adrenal response is everything

#5. Super foods of the gods: Discover the folktales and pharmacology of super foods

#4. Visual Acuity: Discover a simple botanical combination that can brighten your eyes, repair the optic nerve, and strengthen the visual cortex in your brain

#3. Neurohacking Memory: Superpower your memory and increase cognitive function using time tested, evidence supported botanicals

#2. Biohacking Athletics: Discover the secrets of warlords, kung fu masters and Olympians

#1. Herbal Foot Soaks:Explore the history, research and easy application of herbal foot soaks

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NeuroHacking – Home | Facebook

Posted: June 22, 2017 at 5:21 am

Your alcoholism will kill you before your HIV does, says a doctor to one of our characters. Worldwide, alcohol abuse kills more people than HIV, nearly 3.3 million per year. Yet what the public believes, and Alcoholics Anonymous purports, Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic, is not as true as you think. Nor is the fundamental principle for treating alcoholism that we all take as truth; abstinence.

Science has shown that abstinence not only doesnt take away the addicti...on, but also increases the craving. So why has one modality dominated our thought since the 1930s? Why are profitable rehab facilities reluctant to change? And why are millions of people still being denied the opportunity of a simple life saving method and drug that have been FDA approved since 1994?

One Little Pill takes an in depth look at a simple, safe method with success rates of 78%, the suppressing obstacles surrounding it, and those people just now finding it. This character driven film will leave you compelled to help spread the word that "Options Save Lives."

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Jordan Greenhall – Big Think

Posted: May 26, 2017 at 4:11 am

Jordan is now in his 17th year of building disruptive technology companies, and is the co-founder and CEO of Neurohacker Collective.

Early in his career, he helped start the online digital video revolution as co-founder and CEO of DivX.After somewhat successfully navigating two financial crises and an IPO (and going down in flames at Stage6), he left the helm at DivX to return his attention to the big picture. He tried his hand at capitalism combining Angel investment at the sharp edge of the Schumpeter wave with participation in a number of think tanks and institutes; most notably, the Aspen Institute and the Santa Fe Institute where he served on the Board of Trustees for five sweet years.

This exposure led him to the conclusion that humanity is in the midst of a world historical transition which will likely kill all of us (see Mad Max) but just might end in a truly amazing future (see Star Trek). Getting there is going to require many things of us most notably a significant upgrade of our individual and collective capacity for thought and action.

Although he has long benefitted from entheogens, Jordan had not spent much time on nootropics or other Neurohacking techniques. After one week on an early NHC stack, he was convinced about the power and potential of this new technology and co-created Neurohacker Collective to bring it to the world.

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neurohacking | emergent by design

Posted: April 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

illustration by Kirsten Zirngibl

this post originally appeared on Neurohacker Collective

The term hacker has its origins in computer programming subcultures from the 60s, and was used to describe people who wanted to take on hard problems in a spirit of playful exploration and a resistance to unearned authority. Although the methods, means and intentions of hackers varied widely, all seemed to share a unique ethos that mixed a deep commitment to individual autonomy and agency with an equally deep commitment to collaboration and co-creation.

Over time, the concept of hacking has traveled far from its origins, finding its way into a number of domains like Biohacking, Consciousness Hacking, Flow Hacking and Life Hacking. Each is a kind of hacking because each shares this hackers ethos and a commitment to using it to find the most effective ways to optimize the human experience.

We call the common thread that links these hacking communities together, empowered responsibility. This notion expresses the dual recognition that we are no longer able to rely on external authorities to take care of us (in any domain) but through a combination of ubiquitous information, individual experimentation and open collaboration, we are increasingly empowered to take responsibility for ourselves.

In the Biohacking community, the spirit of empowered responsibility drives the process of optimizing ones biological health and performance. Biohackers learn from each other how they can modify their nutrition, exercise, sleep, movement, and mindset to achieve the specific kind of well-being that they individually desire.

The Consciousness Hacking community takes empowered responsibility in using technology as a catalyst for psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing. They utilize mindfulness techniques and biofeedback tools for self-exploration, taking personal responsibility for their conscious experience in this most individual of journeys.

Emerging from within and alongside these movements, we are observing the coalescence of a new and important domain: Neurohacking.

Whereas biohacking concentrates on the body, and consciousness hacking explores the inner experience, neurohacking is somewhere in the middle, focusing on the mind-brain interface the intersection of neurology and consciousness. Specifically, neurohacking involves applying science and technology to influence the brain and body in order to optimize subjective experience.

The desired outcomes of neurohacking cover everything from focused productivity, to expanded creativity, more restful sleep, reduced anxiety, enhanced empathy, and anything else that contributes to the psychological well-being and emotional health of whole, thriving human beings.

The technologies of neurohacking run the gamut from chemical technologies like nootropics and entheogens, probiotics to support the gut-brain connection, bioelectrical technologies like neurofeedback and transcranial stimulation, photic therapies like low level laser therapy and all the way to embodied practices like somatics and meditation. So long as there is a scientifically accessible biological mechanism for effecting subjective experience, it belongs in the domain of neurohacking.

Of course, like all emergent phenomena, neurohacking didnt just come from nowhere. For years there have been many movements and communities out there, playing in and pioneering some aspect of the neurohacking space.

Some of these domains include:

We propose that it is now timely and useful to perceive the commonality among these different movements and communities as shared aspects of Neurohacking. And in an effort to make these commonalities more visible and legible to each other, in the upcoming weeks we will take a deeper dive into each, highlight some notable people and projects in each space and explore the frontiers of the community from the point of view of Neurohacking.

In our next post, we will begin this exploration with the domain of Nootropics.

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