Wanting to be the best at everything we do is an innate human desire. We want to perform and compete, entertain and dazzle, and ultimately get recognition for our efforts. Want to achieve your goals faster? Supplement a healthy diet with natural nootropics. In this blog post, we’ll go in-depth on one of the best nootropic stacks on the market, Seneca Nootropic Complex.
Leave nootropic stacking to the experts…
Do-it-yourself or DIY nootropic stacking is on the rise. In theory, it’s easy enough to do so. Just combine 2 or more standalone nootropics, and voila – your very own nootropic stack.
But doing so may do more harm than good, especially if you’re a nootropic novice playing around with synthetics and stimulants!
For instance, the dosage may be too high, the ingredients may interact poorly, or you may end up with gut issues. In short, there are plenty of ways for DIY nootropic stacking to go wrong.
Why choose Seneca Nootropic Complex?
After 5 years of rigorous testing, our team finally settled on Seneca’s final formulation of 18 research-backed ingredients. Known for their cognitive and mental health benefits, these ingredients help make Seneca an effective nootropic and cognitive-enhancing supplement.
Here’s a summary of what’s inside every Seneca capsule (which we will go over in detail later):
- Herbal nootropic compounds
- B-vitamins in their body-ready forms
- Amino acids and other nutrients
Notice something in the ingredients? If you guessed it’s all-natural, you’re right!
Seneca unlocks the power of nature and vitamins. It contains no prescription nootropics and no unregulated synthetics. It also has zero stimulants, e.g. caffeine, which can create an artificial high and be addictive as well. We wanted to avoid this effect at all costs!
Seneca is a great supplement for beginners, intermediate, and experienced nootropic users alike. But we would only recommend this product to adults 18+. For teens under 18, check out this blog post on age-appropriate supplements.
What’s in Seneca? A deeper look at Seneca Nootropic’s 18 ingredients
Our core values here at Intelligent Labs include honesty and trust, which is why we’re more than willing to share our unique formula with the world! We also appreciate it’s important for you to know what goes inside your body.
For this breakdown, we’re dividing Seneca’s 18 ingredients into the 3 categories listed above. Also, note that 1 serving = 4 capsules.
Seneca Nootropic Ingredients Category #1: Herbal and botanical extracts
We have selected these herbs for their brain and memory support benefits:
1. Lion’s mane (500mg per serving)
We use only the fruiting bodies of lion’s mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus), not the mycelia. This is because the fruiting bodies contain Hericenones. These are a group of compounds that promotes nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis. Lion’s mane may help with concentration, anxiety, and depression. It may also help improve mild cognitive impairment in the elderly.
2. Ashwagandha root powder (500mg per serving)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Its main claim to fame is that it’s an adaptogen, that is, it can help regulate cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and considered the body’s alarm system. As a result, taking Ashwagandha may help with stress and anxiety and contribute to mental wellness.
3. Bacopa monnieri leaf extract (300mg per serving)
Similar to Ashwagandha, Bacopa monnieri is also an adaptogen. It also works as a mood improver and memory enhancer. It may also effectively increase learning rate and visual processing speed. Bacopa’s active compounds called bacosides (standardized to 50% in Seneca) are responsible for its nootropic benefits.
4. Ginkgo biloba (120mg per serving)
Nicknamed a “living fossil”, this ancient tree species is known for its longevity. It has a number of active compounds, including quercetin, flavonoids, and ginkgolides. These active compounds work together to make ginkgo biloba a powerful nootropic! It may also help improve blood flow in the brain which is great for memory and information processing. Ginkgo may also offer protection against cognitive decline.
5. Phosphatidylserine (100mg per serving)
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is found naturally in the brain and in every single cell in the body. But PS levels gradually go down with age; this contributes to cognitive impairment in older individuals. But supplementing with PS may diminish age-related problems and even improve cognitive function. Moreover, PS may work wonders against stress and depression.
6. Maritime pine bark extract (75mg per serving)
For this Seneca Nootropic Complex ingredient, we use extracts taken from the bark of the maritime pine tree. Proanthocyanidins content, the main active component, is standardized to 95%. The higher proanthocyanidins content is key to maritime pine’s nootropic benefits. These include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, increased blood flow, and more. Maritime pine may also help improve cognitive function and reduce oxidative stress.
Seneca Nootropic Ingredients Category #2: B-complex vitamins
All B-complex vitamins play important roles in human nutrition. They help with energy production and cell metabolism. They make it possible for Seneca to help boost energy levels even though it’s caffeine and stimulant-free.
7. Vitamin B1 Thiamine (1.1mg or 92% DV per serving)
This B vitamin is primarily known as an anti-beriberi nutrient. But its health benefits go way beyond treating this debilitating disease. Vitamin B1 also helps with energy production, insulin sensitivity, and optimal brain health. Moreover, vitamin B1 may also help improve symptoms in conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
8. Vitamin B2 Riboflavin (1.3mg or 100% DV per serving)
We use Riboflavin-5-Phosphate (the active form of vitamin B2) in our Seneca Nootropic Complex formulation. This means there’s no need for the body to do further conversions. It can be readily used for energy production and antioxidant defense. Plus, it even supports the production of other B vitamins such as Folate, B6, and B3.
9. Vitamin B3 NADH (5mg or 31% DV per serving)
NADH or Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide is the active form of Vitamin B3. Its role in energy production is well-known. Recent studies also show it may help people with chronic fatigue syndrome. It can also support intellectual performance by improving memory and concentration. Moreover, taking it when you have jet lag may be a good idea as NADH is said to improve alertness.
10. Vitamin B6 Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (4mg or 235% DV per serving)
Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate or P5P is the most biologically active form of vitamin B6. It’s involved in the synthesis of amino acids and neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. It’s also involved in fatty acid metabolism and red blood cell formation. Moreover, B6 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue, and boosts energy levels, too.
11. Vitamin B9 Methylfolate (340mcg DFE or 85% DV per serving)
Methylfolate is a bioavailable form of B9. Studies have shown that this vitamin can help ease depression symptoms. This is because B9 helps with neurotransmitter activity. It also helps reduce homocysteine levels. This reduces the risk of cognitive decline, heart problems, stroke, and more.
12. Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin (500mcg or 20833% DV per serving)
Methylcobalamin is an active form of vitamin B12. It is vital for brain and central nervous system health. Methylcobalamin is also the form used in the methylation cycle. Methylation is crucial to the production of DNA, RNA, and some hormones and neurotransmitters. Additionally, this vitamin is also vital to neuronal health. Low levels of B12 are associated with brain and central nervous problems.
Seneca Nootropic Ingredients Category #3: Amino acids and other nutrients
The third category of Seneca ingredients includes the following brain and energy boosters:
13. Citicoline (250mg per serving)
Citicoline is a chemical found in the brain. Taking it as a supplement may help protect brain health. Citicoline may also potentially prevent cognitive decline, especially in older adults. It can also stimulate dopamine release and improve focus and attention in ADHD patients.
14. N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (250mg per serving)
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is a precursor to the amino acid tyrosine. Since NALT can cross the blood-brain barrier, it can correct any deficiencies in tyrosine. Tyrosine is a precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. These 3 neurotransmitters are vital for cognitive function, focus, motivation, and memory.
15. L-Theanine HCL (200mg per serving)
L-Theanine is an amino acid found commonly in green tea. It’s the chemical that helps you feel calm and relaxed after drinking tea. It may help reduce stress and anxiety and improve memory when taken as a supplement. L-Theanine has also been shown to slow down cognitive decline, especially in older adults.
16. Uridine monophosphate (150mg per serving)
Uridine monophosphate is a more bioavailable form of uridine, one of the building blocks of RNA. This form is important because it is converted directly into acetylcholine via the “Kennedy Pathway.” Acetylcholine helps with learning, memory, attention, and alertness. It may also help manage symptoms of bipolar disorder.
17. Coenzyme Q10 (100mg per serving)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or Ubiquinone is a powerful antioxidant. It can positively affect immune system health. It’s also part of the electron transport chain in the mitochondria, thus contributing to energy production. Also, it helps with autophagy, which is the body’s way of cleaning out dead and damaged cells to give way to newer cells.
18. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) (10mg per serving)
PQQ is a coenzyme involved in more than 20,000 different reactions in the body. Studies indicate that PQQ may also help with mitochondrial function. Also, it may stimulate the production of NGF, just like lion’s mane mushroom. It’s also an antioxidant that may help with immunity, growth, and development.
Seneca Nootropic Complex is a synergistic nootropic stack that supports the key areas that affect cognitive function. Taking the suggested serving size may help your brain fire on all cylinders faster than if you made your own DIY nootropic stack. We also recommend managing your stress levels, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly for optimal results.