Blue chip supplements:

  • Creatine
  • Glycine
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Pine pollen
  • Probiotics
  • Theanine
  • Kelp
  • Roe
  • Oysters

Other approved supplements:

  • Cacao
  • Aspirin
  • Niacin
  • Magnesium
  • Goji Berry

Interested/Researching:

  • BPC-157
  • Blue lotus
  • Deer antler tonic
  • Bacopa monnieri
  • Yohimbe/yohimbine
  • Ashwaghanda
  • Betel leaf
  • Shilajit
  • Rhodiola rosea — Powdered root
  • Guarana
  • White goose berries
  • Maca
  • Catuaba
  • Hemp
  • ORMUS
  • Taurine
  • Alpha GPC
  • L-carnitine
  • Gingko biloba
  • NALT (tyrosine)
  • Yerba mate
  • Monosodium Glutamate: Unfairly maligned?

Chinese Herb Mixture

The following herb mixture is used in this this ginseng chicken tonic soup recipe:

  • Huang Jing (Siberian Solomon’s Seal)
    • Cosmic Qi, Yang power, tonifies all Three Treasures. Makes the body light and clears the eyes.
  • Goji Berry (Fructus Lycii)
    • Vision, liver and kidneys, neuroprotective
  • Dang Shen (Codonopsis pilosula)
    • Enhance Qi and improve digestion, nourish blood, tonify lungs, boost vitality.
  • Chinese Yam
  • Ginseng Root
    • Manifold benefits
  • Astralagus (Huang Qi)

Mushrooms

  • Chaga
  • Lions mane
  • Reishi
  • Cordyceps
  • Psilocybe subaeruginosa
  • Psilocybe cubensis

Tobacco

Growing and curing

Species:

  • Nicotiana tabacum: Common tobacco— usually illegal without license, or requires payment of a tax. Flowers are white with a pink tinge.
  • Nicotiana alata: Named varieties of this and other species including N. x sanderae are frequently grown in gardens. The variety ‘Lime Green’ has lime green flowers. Others range through colours of green, crimson, purple, salmon and white.
  • Nicotiana sylvestris: Scented, pendulous snow white flowers hang from a tall, imposing plant.
Pituri

Pituri

Pituri was a drug used by aboriginal Australians, made by mixing ground leaves of plants containing nicotine with wood ash, whose alkaline nature aids absorbtion and potentiates the drug. Elders who knew the lore of pituri use are long dead, and in keeping with indigenous values, took their cultural secrets to the grave rather than share them with the uninitiated. However, reports yield various account of the effects of pituri, ranging from depressive laxity to strength and endurance, hyperactivity, and verbosity. Pituri was said to be the substance that allowed aboriginals to walk hundreds of miles over days without food or water, and was taken before meetings and warfare.

It is variously made with Duboisia hopwoodii or other similar plants such as those abovementioned of the genus Nicotiana. Hopwoodii is high in nicotine, but unlike many nicotiana it is low in nornicotine, a minor tobacco alkaloid and metabolite. This gives Hopwoodii slightly different effects, possibly leading to a more hyperactive perceived state. This squares with the descriptions of pituri’s effects as inducing hyperactivity and energy.

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Notes on optimisation

Ginseng

Dried ginseng root can be found at asian grocers, or order in bulk online. While there are many supplements for ginseng, it’s easier to determine the content by simply buying the root. Dried ginseng root is hard and snaps like a twig, so when blended it pulverises well. This powder can go straight into tea or smoothies. I use this powder in the below-mentioned morning drink with ginger.

Garlic

There aren’t many convenient ways to regularly supplement garlic— since it’s bothersome to peel and doesn’t freeze well, bulk packs of fresh peeled garlic that can be found at asian grocers aren’t very useful. To optimise peeling, pick fat bulbs with dry skin. Pickled garlic lasts a long time and is a good secondary or backup garlic source. Full fresh cloves can be chewed with a mouthful of milk to alleviate garlic breath and avoid getting spiced out, as well as neutralizing acidity in the stomach.

Black garlic

Black garlic is aged, potentiated garlic. Garlic is slowly cooked for between 10-40 days, resulting in a soft, mild garlic that can be spread on bread, eaten unaccompanied or added to cooking. All benefits of fresh garlic are maintained.

Preparation:

  • Wrap full heads of garlic in foil (can be wrapped individually or as a group, but wrapping must be tight)
  • place in slow cooker, rice cooker, or crock pot on warm setting
  • leave for 33 days

Ginger

Though raw sliced root can be chewed, used in cooking, or brewed in tea, I find that real 100% ginger juice is readily available online, cost effective, bulk-friendly and convenient, and by my own account confers all benefits of ginger root.

Every morning I drink a glass of the below recipe, which I make in bulk every couple of weeks:

Morning Ginger

Ginger and Ginseng Drink (Morning)

Combine:

  • 5 parts water/mineral water
  • 1 part pure ginger juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried ginseng root (powdered)

Refrigerate.

NB: This recipe can be made in bulk in a glass bottle. Shake before pouring to properly distribute ginger fibres and ginseng powder.

Aside from being anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and a digestive, ginger is a hunger suppressant and aids brain function (as does sugar), making this a good aid for fasting.

To dissolve sugar well, add it first, pour a splash of boiling water and stir before adding ginger juice and remaining water.

Pine pollen

In tea, or mixed with honey.

Pine pollen is a natural multivitamin and phytoandrogen used in traditional chinese medicine and endorsed by broscience. If you have had success fermenting pine pollen, or know of studies addressing this, please alert me with results.

Glycine

As nightcap, with water and lemon juice, or in tea.

Creatine

In tea or smoothies.

Liver

The taste of liver is difficult to conceal without cooking, but the below method is helpful:

Liver Disc

Liver Disc

Method:

  • Blend raw liver thoroughly
  • Pour onto tray, spread thinly
  • Freeze overnight
  • Slice and store sealed
  • Use: Add to smoothies (see below) or to cooking.

Example use in bolognese sauce: Once sauce is cooked, stir through liver until melted and integrated, so as not to cook it. Another tip: crush garlic and stir through sauce raw; unlike usual practice of adding garlic early, this preserves garlic flavour and avoids cooking.

Example use in smoothie recipe:

  • Frozen liver
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Pine pollen
  • 3 eggs
  • Kefir
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice

Brands

  • Sun potion
  • Solgar
  • Iodoral
  • Cynomel-T3 and Cynoplus-T3 + T4