Current stack/supplements/regime

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What are people currently taking?

My current daily stack consists of;

  • Active b-complex (about 1/2 capsule daily), seems to improve mental clarity a bit, support adrenals
  • Potassium chloride, 300mg daily. Consistently had low potassium until starting on this (potassium citrate made no difference to levels, this did)
  • Active b-12 (methyl) - just restarted on this, 500mg daily. Due to potassium depleting B12 and low stomach acid resulting in low B12. This stuff 100% helps with mental clarity/brain fog
  • Carnitine l-fumarate - does well with the active B12 vits, also pretty sure this benefits mental clarity to a good degree
  • Ashwaganda - 400mg - to help with stress/lower cortisol/good for adrenals
  • shilajit resin - for minerals and electrolytes, another that helps with mental clarity
  • phosphatidylserine - 100mg - definitely helps lower cortisol and improve sleep
  • cod liver oil - 1 daily, lower cortisol
  • Betaine HCI - for low stomach acid, taken with meals. Still get some acid reflux/gerd but not as bad. Another that helps with mental clarity but only temporarily
  • Probiotics - one first thing, another capsule type midday with lunch
  • Vitamin D - 10,000ui every 3 days

Diet;

Gluten free, no processed foods or sugar, no alcohol, no grains, only minimal carbs (just starchy ones, potato etc), mostly meats, steamed veg, eggs (all this is organic where possible) 1 coffee per day max, mineral water, chamomile tea

Main aim of current regime;

Trying to improve gut health as clearly low stomach acid is causing issues with absorbing nutrients. Consistent high cortisol is clearly not good, so effort to reduce and phosphatidylserine definitely has had a positive effect. Helps with sleep too. Obviously overall aim is get rid of persistent sides, sexual, brain fog, loss of night vision, but baseline got quite a lot worse over the last 18 months - 2 years so I'm trying to get this back up.

Things considering;

  • Progesterone cream - have tried this for a bit before and seemed pretty positive. Felt more relaxed. Persistent thumping heartbeat and 'heartbeat in head' that I feel on my pillow was much reduced/gone. May try the 14 days on, 4 off cycle that a number of PFS people recovered with
  • Pine pollen powder - had a good run on this in the past until high-e sides came on (oddly as it should lower e), but may give it another go
  • TUDCA/UDCA - had a good run with TUDCA which did result in sweating almost properly again (almost zero sweating since tane), but it's hard to get hold of and some brands unreliable but may give this another go as I've got loads of UDCA and some TUDCA left
  • Herb cycling - some of the 'CDnuts' herbs have given me some benefits in the past (Tribulus most notably), but I always felt overall the gains from these quickly got me to a slightly better baseline, but that levelled off and benefits go as soon as you stop, but may consider cycling them again
  • R-Andro - plan to do a run once I've improved my baseline, have got some ready, but didn't notice anything when trying it for a few days
 
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Thanks for sharing TanedOut. I sent you a message on Acne.org -- cool to see you here as well. Here's my stack:

Supplements
  • Vitamin A palmitate (~2000 - 4000 IU, once a day) - Significantly reduced inflammation in lower GI tract (colon, maybe small bowel?). Remarkable improvement (I've gained ~7-8 lbs and I'm no longer afraid of food). I may suffer from eosinophilic esophagitis, or GERD, or both -- which is afflicting my upper GI tract. Vitamin A has helped these symptoms as well, but they are not totally resolved. May also help with anxiety (hard to tell).
  • Vitamin D2 (~400 IU alternating with sunlamp [Sperti - yea the expensive one]) - Noticeably more social. Reduced anxiety. May also be helping with GI inflammation. Notably, I can't tolerate vitamin D3. I get pretty severe side effects: muscle tension, upper GI inflammation and brain fog.
  • B Complex (~1/4 capsule, once a day) - Noticeable improvement in energy. May also help reduce anxiety. Improvement in clarity of thought.
  • Zinc picolinate (~5 mg, once a day) - Mildly improves energy, GI function, testosterone (?), clarity of thought.
  • Black currant seed oil (1000 mg (140 mg GLA), every other day) - Noticeable improvement in dry eyes. Worried about it's effect on DHT levels.
  • Fish Oils (1000 mg (500 mg EPA/DHA), every so often) - Reduces inflammation, improves clarity of thought. Worsens ptosis and dry eye if taken regularly.
  • Almost forgot, I also regularly use a CBD salve. Definitely helps me sleep!
Diet
Gluten free, dairy free, yeast free*, low sugar, somewhat low FODMAP

*Yeast intolerance is actually a big deal for me. It significantly increase lower GI inflammation. I've tested positive for yeast IgA and IgG yeast antibodies, which are a marker of Crohn's disease. Think I was living with a mild, chronic Crohn's flare for like 9 years post Accutane. Vitamin A has been tremendously helpful.

My goals
Raise vitamin D levels
Raise testosterone
Improve dry eye -- painful and accompanied by ptosis.
Improve cognition


Key Biological Targets (...I think)
  1. Methylation
  2. Mucosal Immunity
  3. Bile flow
  4. Calcium balance
  5. Dopamine balance
Considering adding: TUDCA (but my GI tract is doing pretty well), and ashwagandha (my favorite adaptogen) for testosterone.

Notable Test Results
Total Cholesterol - 99 (low)
Free testosterone 7.92 (low)
Total testosterone 453 (low)
Alkaline phosphatase 63 (low)
Follicle Stimulating Hormone 0.8 (low)
Vitamin D - 21.8 (low)

Prolactin 17.5 (high)
Reverse T3 - 26.3 (high)

Other things I'd recommend
  1. Document your progress! I have a google drive I use to log my symptoms (anxiety, upper GI, lower GI, dry eye, cognitive function, ptosis). I can access it on my phone, at work, etc. This has been very helpful in keeping track of what's helping and what's not. I just noticed that Catto is doing the same thing... nice.
 
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What are people currently taking?


  • Active b-12 (methyl) - just restarted on this, 500mg daily. Due to potassium depleting B12 and low stomach acid resulting in low B12. This stuff 100% helps with mental
What brand are you using? I think you may mean 500mcg by the way
 

leadbelly

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I'm going to start on something small and build up. thanks for info guys, will give vitamin D and active b-12 a try. considering trying something drastic like finasteride but holding off for a while
 
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Am working up a new supplement regime after a few years off them.

Methyl b12 - 1000 mcg
Cod liver oil
Serrapeptase
- 120,000 spu
Vinpocetine
Tyrosine
Caffeine


Hoping these boost memory, cognitive function and alleviate the sinus issues Im having right now. Not a long term fix really but Im feeling like a sloth these days and Im over it! :cautious:
 
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Am working up a new supplement regime after a few years off them.

Methyl b12 - 1000 mcg
Cod liver oil
Serrapeptase
- 120,000 spu
Vinpocetine
Tyrosine
Caffeine


Hoping these boost memory, cognitive function and alleviate the sinus issues Im having right now. Not a long term fix really but Im feeling like a sloth these days and Im over it! :cautious:
Carnitine l-fumarate and methyl B-complex will definitely help too! I've read people getting great benefits from noopept too, but it's obviously not natural stuff so I think most people tend to avoid it
 
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how much do you get onboard with the nootropics? Im not sure how much its been discussed in that big thread because its so shit in tracking topics. Thank god we have this board now.

But anyway reddit nootropics seems to be a great community for us all to delve into. I feel things like Piracetem hold lots of promise, i could be wrong those. Maybe more bandaids. But bandaids will do right now.
 
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how much do you get onboard with the nootropics? Im not sure how much its been discussed in that big thread because its so shit in tracking topics. Thank god we have this board now.

But anyway reddit nootropics seems to be a great community for us all to delve into. I feel things like Piracetem hold lots of promise, i could be wrong those. Maybe more bandaids. But bandaids will do right now.
Yeah that and noopept supposed to help with brain fog. One of the guys on acne.org (Ottovisual) found noopept completely got rid of his brain fog/mental sides.

I don't think it's going to cure anything though, I remember he said he took it in the morning and by the evening the effects were waning
 
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Yeah that and noopept supposed to help with brain fog. One of the guys on acne.org (Ottovisual) found noopept completely got rid of his brain fog/mental sides.

I don't think it's going to cure anything though, I remember he said he took it in the morning and by the evening the effects were waning
To be honest at this point Id be happy with just improved cognitive function, better memory etc. Will give all this nootropics a serious go in a few months. Moneyyyy arghhh
 
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To be honest at this point Id be happy with just improved cognitive function, better memory etc. Will give all this nootropics a serious go in a few months. Moneyyyy arghhh
Pretty cheap and supposed to be good quality from Powdercity https://www.powdercity.com

I got noopept from here a couple of years back, but haven't used it. I've just got it on hand ready in case things get really bad basically
 

AccuNate

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I didn't know powedercity is still around, thought it got closed because some idiot ODed on tianeptine.

I ordered Phenibut once from them and it was definitely the best stuff I ever took for anxiety - even 250mg and I felt immediately more relaxed in the mind and the body, so yes that's true GABA agonists help, but phenibut apparently targets GABA-B from what I read.
 

flynn

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I didn't know powedercity is still around, thought it got closed because some idiot ODed on tianeptine.

I ordered Phenibut once from them and it was definitely the best stuff I ever took for anxiety - even 250mg and I felt immediately more relaxed in the mind and the body, so yes that's true GABA agonists help, but phenibut apparently targets GABA-B from what I read.
Note that GHB which has helped people with PSSD and has helped me more than most things I've tried, is also a GABA-B agonist. So its an interesting connection to make