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Our Brain Health episodes are for everyone — anyone who owns a brain will find benefit.

Clear, quick, and focused thinking begins with proper brain health, so here we touch on the basic do's and don'ts of maintaining your brain.

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And check out the list below for the best of the rest...


exercise-cognition

Brains and Brawn, long positioned as polar opposites, turn out to be anything but. In this episode, Jesse talks with fitness trainer Sal di Stefano — also the co-host and resident science geek at the MindPump podcast — about best practices to use physical exercise to enhance your cognition.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

supplement, quality assurance, nootropics, smart drugs

LabDoor’s goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements — upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests.

Intermittent Fasting, Cognition, Caloric Restriction, Fasting, nootropics

Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, “feeding windows,” and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

cognitive-ethics-nootropics-ai

As the popularity of smart drugs and cognitive enhancement technologies becomes more widespread, questions of ethics and fairness rise to the surface. We remember that along with the scientific question of “can we” is the ethical sibling question “should we”?

turmeric, schizandra, adaptogens, nootropics, smart drugs

The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

lymphatic system, neuroscience, brain health

“Textbooks are going to need to change.” That was the general consensus around the 2015 discovery that previously unknown lymphatic vessels connect the brain directly to the immune system. Hear about the breakthrough discovery from co-discoverer Professor Jonathan Kipnis.

smart drugs, nootropics, psilocybin, depression, mushrooms, addiction, PTSD, therapy

Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin — the psychoactive ingredient that puts the “magic” in magic mushrooms.  This currently “Schedule 1” drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care.  Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.

Collaborative Recall, Memory, Couples, Romance, smart drugs, nootropics

There are times when social remembering can make our memories less accurate.  However, by following the right strategies when remembering together — creating a sort of “extended mind” — we can improve our recall, particularly if those doing the remembering are part of a long-term partnership.

porn, dopamine, porn addiction, brain

The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction — way beyond. The brain’s dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

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