Ever felt tired ?
Who am I kidding, of course you have. Everyone has.
And life keeps speeding up. It’s harder and harder to keep pace with society.
Personally, I feel like I’m behind the curve. After a couple of hours of studying, or writing essays, I feel like my head is full of cotton wool. I’m fatigued, unfocused and unproductive, plain and simple. But I need to keep going; I have a pile of work that I must finish, and it’s growing day-to-day. What can I do to give myself the boost and concentration that I need ?
There’s a whole host of ‘options’ available to me. Energy drinks are too harsh – the crash they cause means I have to repay a huge energy debt by the end of the day. Lifestyle improvements are always a great option, but I struggle to maintain them alongside the manic pace I’ve set myself. I’m trying my best, but that isn’t always enough. There is always Modafinil, but I’ve heard all sorts of stories and read about the potential consequences. I don’t want to go there. Plus, plenty of study drugs are illegal now – the last thing I want on my plate is a criminal record.
So, what recourse do I have ? On the days where I’m not able to eat right, exercise or sleep enough, what else can I do that will keep me studying ?
There is one alternative that I haven’t mentioned so far. A company recently brought out a new sort of productivity enhancer. It’s a tablet, and it’s called BrainZyme. They classify it as a ‘nutritional cognitive enhancer’, which takes a different tack to most other choices out there. In comparison with alternatives, it seems ideal: Convenient, effective and safe, their company tagline promises that I’ll ‘get more done’.
After a bit more research, I found that their cognitive enhancers contained foodstuffs instead of pharmaceuticals, making it closer to a brain supplement than a smart drug. As a result, they’re completely fine to buy, sell and possess in the UK (where I’m based). No risks of dodgy pills made from who-knows-what, apparently. It’s also stated that BrainZyme unlocks nutritional energy, helps clearer thinking and generally boosts productivity. It’s a big statement from a small company.
So, I’m sure you’re thinking it seems too good to be true. I was the same. It really seems it: they market BrainZyme as a strong alternative to smart drugs because of these claims of cognitive support. But, it only costs £10. I’ve been known to spend that on a single drink. How can they produce a nootropic from nothing more than food ?
But, upon further inspection, it seems that their claims are valid. They’re supported by EFSA and British nutritionists, along with a bevy of customer reviews. Tempted, I picked up some of the product myself. £10 was a low enough buy-in for potentially a large payoff. I hit ‘checkout’ and anticipated my new life as a ‘BrainZymer’.
After a couple of days of Zyming here and there, my pack finally arrived. 30 capsules of brain health and cognitive goodness. I examined the back of the pack to check the ingredients, and found them acceptable – just food and vitamins. The pack also informed me that a 3 capsule dose would contain around the same caffeine as my morning coffee. That, alone, would pick me up; the other effects remained to be seen.
I took my tablets, stomach empty as recommended, and trundled down to the university library.
Five hours later I trundled out, a spring in my step and a much lighter conscience in tow. I had worked for the entire time (barring bathroom, water and snack breaks), and ‘gotten more done’. Their promise apparently carried some weight.
The effects of BrainZyme were understated, for sure. I didn’t feel particularly ‘high’, or even that different. Conversely, I wasn’t jittery or anxious in a way that I might after consuming a can of energy drink. I just felt… okay. It was as though I was working at 12 or 1, when I’m most switched-on, but for much longer. Even while organising a bibliography (which I usually put off and hate doing), I blitzed through and did it with relish. I wouldn’t say it made me ‘smarter’ exactly, but it certainly helped me to focus on my work and be more productive for a few hours.
My energy was generally good too. I didn’t feel much of a slump as the afternoon drew on, and even on the walk back to my flat I felt alert. I frequently feel a bit lethargic as the day goes on, so this was a pretty significant departure from the norm for me.
At home, I felt normal. No comedown or horrible side effects, I think by this point the pills had largely worn off. I hit the gym and went to sleep around 11. The next day, I woke up as usual and had time to do a good amount of reading before my seminars. Still no chemical hangover.
And that was it. I used up the rest of my 30 tablet supply over the next few weeks, and the effects were generally similar to that. I only used BrainZyme two or three times a week maximum, so that kind of frequency apparently isn’t enough to form a tolerance. I also made sure to take it in the mornings, as the instructions advise that having it any later might stop you from sleeping.
My experience was far more positive than I was expecting, with very few downsides to BrainZyme and a marked increase in my productivity. I’d recommend it to any of my friends who were struggling, and especially to someone who used smart drugs. I haven’t tried them, but the effects I felt were absolutely enough to get my work done.
BrainZyme sells for £9.95, with more expensive supplements going up to £15.95 and £25.95. Give them a look if you feel they might help you.