I would say that the majority of products are trustworthy; it’s just that the ingredients used are not always the best ingredients. For instance, when you think of Vitamin B12 and the importance of this vitamin to health, you would expect to always be given the best. In more products than not, though, that is not the case.
Two forms of Vitamin B12 called Cyanocobalamin and Methylcobalamin are used for this example. Cyanocobalamin is currently the most commonly used form in the dietary supplement industry. Unfortunately, it is not because it is the best; it is used most because it is the least expensive. Their names are an easy way to identify the difference in the two forms. One small part of the molecule is the distinguisher; one has a methyl group (carbon & hydrogen) and the other a cyanide group.
But that is not really the important part (although cyanide is something that most people would not want to swallow so that is fairly important). The important part is the difference in how they interact once ingested. The Methylcobalamin format will remain in your body longer and it is easier for your body to absorb so higher levels are found over a longer period of time. What that means for you, the consumer, is that you receive more B12 for your buck.
Does that make a nootropic product with Vitamin B12 as Cyanocobalamin not trustworthy? No, it just does not make it the best nootropic product.
So far we have discussed three essentials when searching for what can be seen as a best nootropic product:
Okay, so you could be thinking this is all great information! Now that you know the three essentials you understand the difference between a simple nootropic product and what is needed to make one of the best nootropic products. Now you’re wondering what ingredients you should be looking for. That leads into what I call synergistic formulation. We'll discuss that in the 7th and final post of our Nootropic Roadblock series.
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