Energy & Alertness Supplements/Medications
Okay, so I've been in need of something to give me energy and to keep me awake and alert during the day, and have been looking around at different ideas for doing this. I want to know what other people's experiences are.
Anyway, here's what I've tried:
Ginkgo Biloba - result: makes me feel anxious, but doesn't help keep me awake
Caffeine - yes, stimulants like this aren't always good for us anxiety folk, but this works great and makes me feel great - for a limited time anyway. I don't want to develop a dependence on it though.
Ginseng (Korean) - just started this today, so far so good, but I still have to give it more time and maybe try differing doses.
Here's things that I've heard of but havent' tried:
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) - I get mixed information on this, not sure if its supposed to give energy or boost 'mental functioning'
Provigil (modafinil) - A prescription medication that appears to be non-habit forming. But darnit, you need a prescription for it!
Lastly, some odd things my health food store rep suggested:
'Royal Jelly' - some kind of natural sugar that the 'queen bee' eats? The rep said that it also supposedly helps in aging since the queen bee winds up living a much longer life than other bees. I'm like.. wtf? How do you extrapolate something like that to humans.. sounded like BS to me.
Bee pollen - Maybe the same concept, I don't know.
Energy bars.. mostly sugar, not good. I don't like the ups and downs I get with sugar.
Anyway, what are other people's experiences?