The owner of the apartment said she could smell it. I had to smile. The night before, my girlfriend and I had been to a garlic restaurant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands The starter was soup, the main course chicken and the dessert ice cream. But as you might already guess: the most important ingredient in all three courses? That was garlic.

Garlic is often used in the kitchen to give the dish some extra flavor. I often put a clove of garlic in the pan with onion. Only years later after our visit to the restaurant in Rotterdam I found out that garlic is not only delicious, but also healthy for you.

In addition to garlic there are 4 other herbs that are healthy for your brain and cognitive abilities. These are rosemary, Huperzine A, Alpha GPC, Rhodolia Rhosea and peppermint.


In 2007, Das, Banik and Ray's research led to roaring headlines. Could garlic prevent and prevent the development of brain tumors? The researchers themselves were not sure; the effect of certain substances in garlic was visible in a petri dish in the laboratory, but it was too early to apply the same effects to the human brain.

In addition to  benefits for your brain, other properties are also attributed to garlic. It seems to help to keep your blood vessels and heart healthy, to improve your immune system and to prevent aging. Some say that a garlic is an aphrodisiac. 

Because garlic opens the blood vessels it provides extra blood supply to the genitals. It is best to eat garlic raw. You can also take it in the form of supplements.


Herbs not only have a positive effect only when you eat it. The scent of lavender has a relaxing and soothing effect. There is basis to believe that the scent of rosemary  supports your memory. At least, this is according to study with a group of  elderly. In the study, the subjects (older than 65 years) were divided into 3 groups.

One group came into a room with the scent of lavender, another group in a room with a scent of rosemary and a third group in a room without a specific smell. It turned out that the subjects in the rosemary's room had a better memory and also a higher level of alertness.

Huperzia Serrata

Huperzine-A is a constituent that occurs in a few plant families, including Huperziaceae. It is a kind of moss and there is no known harmful side effect. For that reason this ingredient is often added to nootropics and supplements.

Huperzine is associated with the protection of new brains (neurogenesis). Scientists have conducted this research into the effect of Alzheimer's disease. Like Ginko Biloba and Ginseng, it has been used for years in Chinese medicine.

Alpha GPC

Alpha-GPC stands for Alpha-glycerophosphocholine. The substance provides an increase in cognitive performance and protects against aging processes in the brain. It mainly works in the support of the cell membrane. It also seems that it can help in physical performance, especially in endurance and strength.

Alpha GPC is in foods that can be bought in the supermarket, such as eggs. If you take Piracitam from Aniracitam (also not legally available in the Netherlands), then you are advised to take extra Alpha-GPC. The reason for this is that the racitams claim the choline reserves in your brain.

Rhodolia Rhosea

Rhodolia Rhosea is referred to as both a traditional Chinese medicine and a Scandinavian herb. The properties that are against the herb that helps to reduce fatigue (especially in stressful situations). It also has brain protective capabilities.

For the latter claim there is less scientific evidence, but the two benefits. If you are less tired and better able to cope with stress, you can often think more quietly and make informed decisions.

For this reason it is recommended to take extra Rhodolia, especially if you do not drink caffeine for a few days. It is then a substitute for caffeine that you then miss.


Do you ever order peppermint tea? Scientists conducted research with 180 subjects. As with the rosemary scent, participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Each group received a different hot drink: the first group got chamomile tea, the second group peppermint tea and a third group only hot water.

After twenty minutes, the memory was measured and asked for their mood. It emerged that the group that drank peppermint tea had a better short and long-term memory. This effect certainly occurred in comparison with chamomile tea. Chamomile tea resulted in lower alertness and a less functioning memory. For that reason it is often recommended to drink chamomile tea in the evening with the aim of sleeping better.


The easiest way to get a few of these substances to you is by swallowing nootropics. For example, the Paneuromix Caps contain Huperzine A, Rhodolia Rhosea and Alpha-GPC.

If you have use a clove of garlic in your recipe tonight, hang a sprig of rosemary is in your room and you drink a cup of peppermint tea, then you might have found the perfect combination!

Let me know on social media! Do you use these herbs? Or do you use other things to stimulate your cognitive abilities?


Posted in Nootropics By Peter Joosten

One day on Paneuromix

1/11/2017 1:42 PM

One day on Paneuromix

When you never tried Paneuromix it can be hard to imagine the effects. The 2 page review that dropped in our mailbox can help you to get a better idea with nice metaphores. It is translated from dutch, so some expressions might be translated in a uncommon way, but I think you will get the idea.

“Three capsules a day spread across the day

First try with one capsule in the morning. No clear effect.
Second capsule: the effect starts after half an hour. A sigh of clearness rises between the shoulder blades and in the brain. The “morning roughness” glides away. A mild euphoria is tingling. It’s like the first rush of an XTC pill, but this feels more natural. A fresh brain with a clear perspective.

At 14:00 a third capsule of Paneuromix. After half an hour a comfortable mild euphoria appears.

Thought are solid and constructive. No judgmental or subversive thought appear. Paneuromix has as an effect on me: only constructive, creative and inspiring thoughts. No grinding thoughts. My mental antenna is touched by completely other thoughts compared to one month ago, than there was clearly some “sand” between my grayish cells.

Three capsules at once

The cocktail of 3 capsules Paneuromix at once in the morning feels like a Tesla that flows through the traffic.
I flow through the Supermarket without having to think. I’ḿ not distracted and only have to watch the biological vegetables, fruits, rice waffles, oatmeal, WC-paper and a lighter.

My ability to focus is strongly enhanced. Reading, writing, setting up a draft for a communication plan, working through my emails, there is no distraction. It seems like the task automatically draws all of my attention. De focus is at one point.

When cleaning the room, preparing things for the holiday, putting the home in order for the paint, there is no doubt, hesitation, reflection. I tackle the things and continue. In short: Paneuromix support me in all I do. It bring me in a flow.

Tiredness due to lack of sleep melts away after three capsules at once. Since starting to use Paneuromix there is no after lunch dip anymore. Good news for office workers, businesspeople, heavy lunchers and aid workers under stress. My afternoondip is finished! Flow is not just one lucky moment but flows the whole day.

Meditation deepens much more easy. Yoga exercises are smoother and more focused.

Associations in the brain are faster, the memory is quicker at retaining things. Creativity, imagining solutions, writing an article, having a conversation is easier and smoother.

The physical effect is mild euforic.
Half an hour after taking three capsules a soft sigh of enlightenment rises up my chest. Cells in my body are vibrating life. The whole day I want to get things done.

Besides being more effective and focused longer on tasks it is also easier to reside in silence. To listen. There is a bigger space of awareness. It’s a powerful support for anyone doing meditation, mindfulness or attending satsangs. ”

Posted in Nootropics By Roland Verment