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Tim Ferriss’s Nootropic Brand Recommendations

Tim Ferriss’s Nootropic Brand Recommendations

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Firstly, I’ll give a quick overview of Tim Ferriss’s nootropic choices. Then later in this post, I’ll go into details on each one.

Tim Ferriss nootropic list:

Tim has tried the majority of smart drugs on the market, including things like the racitam family (piracetam, aniracetam, etc), modafinil, Ritalin, etc. At one stage, before he was a bestselling author, he ran a supplement company called BrainQuicken, focused on selling cognitive enhancement supplements. So he knows his stuff.

As of Sept 2016, Tim has decided the short term gain from many of the popular smart drugs are not worth the long term side effects.

Therefore, Tim Ferriss’s nootropic choices are a little different from most. That being said, he still uses a number of products that give him a sustainable cognitive boost.

Creatine & Ubiquinol

Tim considers this combination for those with Alzheimer’s or other mitochondrial based neurodegenerative diseases in their family history. He takes them on a daily basis.

Lion’s Maine Extract

Tim consumes Lion’s Mane as a drink combined with Chaga (another mushroom) and coffee. Known as Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee.

Tim alternates between the coffee version (above) and this non-coffee version. One way to consume the mix without coffee is to do as Dr. Rhonda Patrick does, and blend it into a smoothie.

Yerba Mate

Tim’s go-to brand of Yerba Mate is Cruz de Malta. He also uses the brands Jesper Traditional Yerba Mate and Anna Park.

Exogenous Ketones

Tim recommends two different forms of exogenous ketones; KetoCaNa and KetoForce.

The KetoCaNa is the weaker of the two but is the most palatable. KetoForce would have a greater impact on your blood ketone level (beta-hydroxybutyrate). KetoForce is an alkaline liquid, that you can add to water to drink. To balance out the alkalinity you can add some lemon juice.


For more info on these nootropics, check out the 9 minute YouTube video Tim made on the subject.

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Eleanor Wason

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

I have end stage emphysema and have been a failure attempting broccoli sprouting. Do you have suggestions for treatment? Perhaps some way to acquire Prostaphane?


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Hi Eleanor. Honestly, I can't suggest anything for emphysema, as its not something I've studied. On top of that, I'm not a doctor, and don't play one on the internet. It sounds like you've heard that sulforaphane can help with emphysema? As you mention looking into broccoli sprouting & prostaphane. I'd be curious to know what the proposed mechanism of action for that is - perhaps the reduction in inflammation? Regarding the sulforaphane, yes if broccoli sprouting isn't working, a supplement like prostaphane could be a good alternative. Also check out the SmartDrugSmarts podcast with Jed Fahey on Moringa. He's the guy that Dr Rhonda Patrick had on the show talking about sulforaphane. And he seems to think there is at least one useful isothiocyanate in moringa. Whether or not that could act as a stand in replacement for broccoli sprouts has yet to be seen. Also, in his interview with Dr Rhonda Patrick, he did say that the actual broccoli sprout seeds are supposed to contain the highest concentrations of glucoraphanin and myrocinase. It wouldn't hurt to ping him and make sure that they are edible. If so, worst case, you could resort to dry blending those and adding to a smoothie. But absolutely check they are ok to consume first! What was the issue with growing the broccoli sprouts? Its quite straight forward from my experience.