How to break the study-time “tyranny of caffeine”
Every year the story is repeated - the endless frustration of students who just can’t seem to study effectively. Many of us know about the problem first-hand, while others have seen it in their partners or adult children. Serious study requires hours and hours spent in front of books and listening at lectures. It is possible to put in the time but the results obtained can vary.
The trouble is, you often find that you have stared at a book for an hour and still cannot recall the material. Especially if it is complex. Then you get a “Swiss Cheese” result - full of holes! Filling in the holes and making more connections, is of course, the key to success in study. It all depends on concentration.
Then there is the problem of sleepiness, which creeps relentlessly across the pages of textbooks! Tea, coffee and other herbal stimulants may be the answer for some - but have you ever noticed the “diminishing returns” that these stimulants often bring? More is not necessarily better. That is because stimulants such as coffee affect our blood sugar and can cause a cortisol reaction in our bodies that can tend to make us tired and reduce our mental acuity.
Furthermore, caffeine, especially in quantity, is not suited to everyone. With stimulants, you could easily end up eventually being more tired, even exhausted and then being unable to sleep properly. And without proper sleep, you could be getting into trouble study-wise. A non-caffeine solution to this age-old problem would be a real boon.
For most students, real concentration, where you actually learn, comes in short bursts of twenty minutes or so at a time, but for many, there may not be enough of these peak learning times to make the vital difference.
One answer may be found in an understanding of how the brain actually works. The connections between the nerve cells are delicately balanced. These connections are made by chemicals called neurotransmitters, some of which are stimulants, and other relaxants. You can literally feed the brain these neurotransmitters, because many of them are amino-acids - the building blocks of proteins. Every day, a typical person consumes 80,000 to 100,000 mg (milligrams) of amino acids! So getting enough protein (as opposed to too much carbohydrate food) can play a useful role in maintaining brain concentration.
For many years now one of our most popular products has been a free-form mixture of all the amino acids, which helps protein formation and also helps energise the nervous system. But by selecting certain amino acids for their balanced nutritional effect on the brain and nervous system, we can now offer a product that helps maintain an excellent normal state of brain function, and which is free of caffeine and other habit-forming herbal stimulants.
Study Alert combines two amino acids that help form neurotransmitters, together with selected vitamins and minerals for best brain function, into a single food supplement. If effective study is your need, why not try just two Study Alert a day and experience the difference.
STAY FOCUSED“This product really gave me the concentration I needed when studying for my exams. I found it helped me stay focused, even when studying for long periods of time.” J.F., Dublin 3
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