I have used modafinil off and on for a few years. And sometimes for financial reasons, other times for reasons of supply, still other times for reasons of general health, I have explored alternative methods.
After 3 years of research, here is what I have dialed in on as a good over the counter, 100% natural alternative that is almost as good as modafinil for mental clarity, energy, and mood elevation.
Here are the ingredients:
2,000mg L-Taurine [optional/unnecessary, unless you experience anxiousness with the rest]
200% RDA B-vitamins [all of them (B-1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12 in liquid form sublingually)
to assist in the blood-brain barrier transport of the amino acids].
Best to take on an empty stomach or with aloe vera juice [helps absorption
of these substances into your blood stream].
You can get all of it at a Vitamin Shoppe online or at their BM locations or
Personally, I buy them on Amazon because they are less expensive
for the same brands--and there is a broader selection of brands--and I have
free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.
If you dabble with this, know that these are doses for my body. I am 6" and 225 lbs.
You may want to cut the dosages in half to begin with and increase by 500mg until you
experience the desired effect.
Here is the breakdown:
Tyrosine is a stimulant and a neurotransmitter assistant of sorts, so it
will give you energy as well as increase dopamine in your system. So it is
a bit of a mood elevator. Phenylalanine is a precursor, and is complementary,
but you want to take them both for maximum effect.
And remember, these are just proteins [aminos are proteins in their building-block
form] so they are not "stimulants" in the sense that caffeine is a stimulant].
Taurine [optional] helps to smooth the above out so you have sustained energy,
but without any anxiety. It also helps with blood pressure and the
immune system, but that is another matter.
Theanine does something very interesting, it regulates the release of caffeine
into your system, so I take it before coffee or tea, and it only allows so
much to hit your adrenals at once, and therefore gives you a sustained,
longer lasting, caffeine high without the jitters or crash of caffeine if
you happen to overdo it.
Anyway, this all acts to be the ultimate cognitive function elevator, mood improver,
and alertness/energy cocktail.
Feel free to adjust not just the dosages, but the ratios, as everyone's brain
chemistry is a bit different, and all of these substances are acting directly on brain
If you are on any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs] you
will want to do your own research and/or consult the attending/prescribing
Dr before taking these.