Nitrovit – With or without food?
One of the email questions I get asked a lot is whether Nitrovit’s nootropics work better with or without food?
The correct answer is actually both.
You see both options can offer unique benefits, because whether you take nootropics with food or not (at least healthy fatty foods such as salmon, bacon, avocado etc.) can have a serious effect on how the body metabolizes them.
Nootropics without food –
To keep it short, some of the nootropics have a more stimulating effect – hence improved energy and alertness – when taken on an empty stomach.
This can often enhance the chances of one ‘feeling’ the stimulating nootropics – Noopept being an example – at an ‘amplified level’ as the nootropics are quickly absorbed into the blood stream and cross the blood-brain barrier.
Nootropics with food –
Some of the nootropic ingredients however have different interactions when taken with food. They may for example bind to proteins in healthy ‘fatty’ foods improving bioavailability.
It’s a huge subject and there is no set rule, but in general, it would seem the studies show that immediate benefits (extended energy, alertness, focus) appear often from taking most nootropics (at least water soluble) without food.
And that long-term benefits to brain functions such as memory formation and recall, and long-term health such as the breakdown of artery clogging Lipofuscin generally tend to be offered when taken with fatty foods or a fish oil supplement.
I’m not 100% on the above being a fixed rule for all – mostly due to there being so many different nootropics with different mechanisms of action, but in summary I personally work to this for what it is worth:
If I have a heavy day ahead of me, or I’m feeling flat, I’ll take Nitrovit, Nitrodrive, and Nitroamp (together @ 3 x Vit. 2 x Drive, and 2 x Amp) a good hour or two before food.
NOTE: I personally eat late (11am usually) as I like to fast/calorie restrict from 8pm until 11am the following day.
If however I’ve woken already feeling sharp and full of beans – as is often the case – then I’ll take Nitroamp as usual (between 8 – 9am) BUT Nitrovit at 11am with my breakfast giving its nootropics the chance to bind to what I am eating for better absorption.
If I don’t need the energy right there and then I may as well leverage some of the long-terms gains offered from supplementing with choline and B vitamins for example.
It’s not just the Biohack Pack I take however. I also top up with 1 pack of ‘Animal Stak‘ every day. While aimed at bodybuilders, I felt Animal Stak was the most advanced ‘all round multivitamin’ I could find to pair with Nitrovit, Nitrodrive, and Nitroamp.
It’s worth checking out if you exercise/are active – but skip it if you are static or a couch potato.
I do often have a protein shake with 1 gram of Creatine around 10:00am most days after workout which fends off the hunger pangs.
Nitroamp can be taken every single day – it is all natural and all organic. I would just advice to take a couple days rest to avoid tolerance build-up and because the dopamine receptors enjoy a day off now and again too!
This works for me, but experimentation is probably best for your own body. Try different schedules and assess how you feel in terms of mental energy and clarity, and make adjustments until you get optimal results.
I hope the above provides some insights that may help as to how to better schedule your supplement regimen.
Nootropics with food in summary:
if you feel flat and need a boost take the supplements without food.
If you’re feeling on your game then leverage some of the ‘unseen’ long-term benefits working away in the background by taking your Nitrovit with fatty food.
(And no, fat doesn’t make you fat – sugar and a sedentary lifestyle do).
Don’t forget you can always split your stack so that you perhaps take 2 capsules in the morning, and 1 capsule after lunch.
Taking Nitrovit in 2 sittings per day gets the best ‘instant’ results and is the way to go for many who experience afternoon slumps. That is if you don’t find taking Nitrovit later in the afternoon disruptive to your sleep.