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post Sep 04, 2009, 02:23 PM
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I hope someone here can help me. I recently experienced a brain boost and then, I lost it. I am trying to determine what the source of the brain boost was- I suspect it was dietary in nature- and where it went to. I'll list the possible sources before I get into the story of how all this happened.

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Choline
B Vitamins
Garlic
Vinegar
Hormonal Fluctuation
Unexplained, Temporary Chemical Changes in My Brain

A few months ago something seemed to happen to me. I felt a bit more positive, a bit more energy, perhaps, but nothing really significant, I don't think. However, I seemed to be more articulate. Over the years, I've gotten lazy and words I once used casually and naturally, became words I said less and less, until I started to question myself when using them in conversation. I'd start to say a word and then wonder if that the word really belonged there. I'd question if what I thought it meant was really what it meant, but I've always been prone to questioning myself. In class, when I knew the answer to a question, I'd refrain from answering, thinking I could somehow be wrong. Then someone else would answer, or the teacher would give us the answer, and I'd be right. I suppose since I became less accustomed to using the words, I started to question if I really remembered their definitions, although, when I checked I tended to be correct. But a few months ago, the words came again, naturally, and I didn't refrain from using them because I felt confident that I knew what they meant. Also, my visualization seemed stronger, and I had a flashback of a recent memory that something triggered.....and it was pretty vivid. On top of this, when I was a kid, stories sometimes unfolded in my head without me needing to think about them, but as I got older I needed more and more conscious thought. During this period of time a few months back, I was listening to music, watching the accompanying music video....when I asked myself a question that would open into a story, and it just unfolded. My characters even argued with me about what was what. I felt my visualization, creativity, and memory had improved and my self esteem was boosted, as a result. I didn't want it to go away as creative waves sometimes do. I wanted to find the source of it.

During this time, I got horribly drunk- binge drinking- and for the first time in my life, I blacked out for a moment. I woke up the next day with a forehead injury I do not remember getting. I felt weird for the next couple of days. Maybe it was just coincidence, but I feel maybe that was the beginning of the end for my brain boosting wave. I am scared I might have damaged my brain. But then I also wonder, if I damaged my liver, instead.

Right before I got this brain boost, my diet changed. I was working at a fast food place, so I got most of meals at work. I know fast food is terribly unhealthy, generally speaking, but I was getting more choline from my diet at work, I suppose. I was also getting a lot of B vitamins, and some garlic. I was consuming a lot of eggs, cheese, and a type of sauce. When I found out choline was a nootropic, I thought it might have been responsible for the brain boost. I also considered the B vitamins, and even the sauce. I decided to check out the sauce's ingredients. The only things that really stood out to me, were garlic (or garlic powder) and vinegar. I've heard people rave about the benefits of garlic and vinegar, so I thought, perhaps they helped the brain, as well as the body. Apparently, garlic does claim to increase blood flow, so I suppose, in that way it might help brain function. I continued to eat the eggs and cheese as the brain boost subsided, but I stopped eating the sauce. So maybe it was the vinegar and garlic. YET, I wonder if it was the choline because, according to what I've read, if the liver is damaged, it needs more choline to heal itself or take care of itself. I wonder if my body started using the extra choline to repair the liver or to aid the liver, instead of using it to make acetylcholine for my brain's benefit. Will this just be a temp. thing, or will my body always need extra choline for the liver, if the liver damage is permanant?

What do you all think the cause was? Hormones, unexplained chemical changes in the brain (temp., at that), choline, B vitamins, garlic, or vinegar? I bought some choline pills and if I can get my hands on some b vitamins, I will try combining that for a few days, as long as they don't start causing me to stink (hear that happens in some folks), to see what happens. Do you suggest I take one choline pill or 2? They are 250 mg. If this doesn't work, I'm considering adding garlic and vinegar capsules. Thanks for the advice.
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post Jan 28, 2010, 02:10 PM
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I think the brain boost you experienced was probably the accumilative effect of not only the good nutrition but also the use of your brain in such a way. The good food probably made you feel good and have more energy/motivation to be creative, so you start using your brain more for those things and so you are on an upward spiral. The incident of blacking out may have knocked you off the track and perhaps you begun to fall back some way, a couple days of rest not thinking much, maybe less good nutiriton and then the next time you want to think properly again you find it hard. Like an athlete that has had a couple weeks out over christmas they might feel a bit stiff when they exercise again but soon it comes back you just have to work hard to get back to the level you felt came easy before.

I'm not a doctor or nutrition specialist anyway but have you thought about supplimenting omega-3 DHA EPA this is good for you brain too apparently although if you eat a lot of fish you probably don't need to suppliment. If you're worried about your liver maybe you could go on a detox diet or investigate some liver boosting foods.
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post Mar 22, 2011, 09:05 PM
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One of the things that happens is those who drink larges amounts of Alcohol will experience mental clarity afterwords (witness to such) I believe the relationship is caused by a large release of NGF (Neural Growth Factor) to compensate for the detroyed neurons from the drinking.

Albeit mental clarity my be forming simply because many connections are destroyed and the brain is clear to form new ones.

Anything could of caused your brain boost. Actually garlic eaters will flatline a ECG connections after consuming it - it significantly lowers brain activity and I would not reccommend it.

Vinegar I have personally experienced is great for mental clarity in moderate doses 3-4 tablespoons / 1.5 litre water bottle.

Good luck I have experienced the same boost and then tried to duplicate it - and remained unsuccessful..
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post Mar 23, 2011, 04:38 PM
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Wow there is some horrible advice in this thread smile.gif
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post May 30, 2011, 09:14 AM
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May have schizophrenic -like problems, in her characters from songs arguing with each other(voices in her head are telling her to do /think different things), may not be the case, hard to see entire scope of problem(not enough info)
One thing though, may experience cycles in brain activity, in a clinical manor( rather a serious way)

The brain does fight back, as the body, the neuro immune system have a highly irregular distruptive
cycle of being "turned" of and on.

A lot going on.
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post May 31, 2011, 02:16 PM
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A high ratio of saturated fat to total fat can significantly increase testosterone production. May explain some of the benefits you have seen. On top of this, a high intake of palimtic acid will induce feedback inhibition of fatty acid synthesis, which may leave more available resources for your body to utilize.

This said fast food is shit, and any benefit you experienced will only be temporary at best, and totaly negated by the damage your body will experience. Fear not the alcohols effect on your liver, fear the fast foods effect.
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post Jun 01, 2011, 12:43 AM
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Trying to be healthy in general would be a better option, that eating
cheeseburgers and taking a changing array of pills.
ie more vegetables, fruits, nuts, less caffeine, less stimulants
leads to feeling better.
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