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?