Alternatives to Adderall – 10 Natural Supplements
Adderall is an extremely popular pharmaceutical amphetamine, generally prescribed for ADHD. It is also used for obesity, narcolepsy, and enhancing both athletic and cognitive performance. Many patients have had incredible success with it.
Adderall is also often used recreationally. Many students and people in business (without properly diagnosed ADHD) take the drug to help them stay awake longer and focus more on their studying or work. Party goers also use the drug to increase euphoria, sex drive, confidence, and sexual enjoyment. It is classified as a schedule 2 drug, meaning it also has the potential to be dangerously addictive.
There are millions of Canadians and Americans who would like to experience the benefits of Adderall, but with a natural alternative that actually works but doesn’t have the side effects or potential for addiction.
The rest of this article explores the best natural supplements that can be used as effective alternatives to Adderall.
Adderall works by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. It appears to also increase serotonin levels in a secondary way. Dopamine is the pleasure or reward neurotransmitter, norepinephrine is a “stress” neurotransmitter (which gives us increased focus, concentration, and attention) it’s a “fight or flight” hormone. Serotonin is the “happy hormone”, and it’s the one targeted in people with depression.
Adderall, (and also Vyvanse and Adderall XR) is a complex drug. There is no one single supplement which works in exactly the same way. But there are several natural supplements (and combinations) many people are using and experiencing great results as alternatives.
Let’s look at some of the most effective supplement combinations as alternatives to Adderall:
Rhodiola Rosea + Ashwagandha
Rhodiola Rosea and Ashwagandha together is an amazing combination of adaptogens. Both of them block the “stress hormone” cortisol, and both have been shown to be very effective in double blind studies for how they enhance cognition, mental focus, and concentration. Ashwagandha has more of an anxiety-reducing feeling while rhodiola is more energizing.
Both of them also improve mood as well as enhance athletic performance and stamina. The effects are very real and more and more people are loving this combination. (An added bonus is improved sex drive and satisfaction for both men and women)
We use a very strong organic rhodiola from Tibet – standardized to 3.5% rosavins and 2.5% salidrosides. We also have an award winning organic ashwagandha supplement, which has 5% of the active ingredient class of withanolides and is the most researched on the market. The combination is fantastic.
Both are also in Zen+, which is our new and powerful anxiety/focus blend.
L-Theanine and Caffeine
L-Theanine and caffeine is another very effective, fast-acting supplement combination used to improve mood and increase mental focus. The l-theanine takes away the nervous and jittery feeling of caffeine, but it also actually increases a person’s ability to focus more than caffeine alone. It’s a very pleasant and useful combination. Try our pharmaceutical grade l-theanine along with your morning coffee or tea. We also use l-theanine as one of the ingredients in Zen+
5 HTP + L Tryptophan
5 HTP and L Tryptophan both increase serotonin levels in the brain. There are many similarities to them and anti-depression medication. Adderall increases serotonin indirectly, and many people with ADHD also have depression. Also, antidepressants can help some people with ADHD. They can help decrease impulsive behavior, increase attentiveness, and control hyperactivity. Antidepressants aren’t really the same as adderall as they are different classes of medications, but both can help improve focus and concentration. We use both 5 HTP and L Tryptophan in Zen+ as well as our herbal sleep aid.
Acetyl L-Carnitine is well-known for being a workout supplement. It gives a nice boost of energy and really helps with mental focus and concentration. It’s an amino acid and it’s very fast-acting. A lot of people really like this to increase their ability to focus. Make sure it’s “acetyl l-carnitine” and not “l-carnitine tartrate”. Both are “L-carnitine” but the acetyl form works much better for their cognitive enhancing properties.
Magnesium, B3, B12, and Omega 3’s
I’ve lumped these 3 together because they are nutritional supplements that really should be part of a healthy diet. Many people don’t get enough of these so supplementation is often a good idea. I also lumped these together because although they can be very effective, they are more of a long-term thing. You likely won’t notice them right away like you would with the other supplements. You will experience their benefits over time. We do include magnesium, B3, and B12 in Zen+ as well. You can get omega 3’s in fish oil and flax oil/flax seeds. When you are supplementing with magnesium and those B vitamins, make sure you are getting them in the most absorbable forms – magnesium bisglycinate, B3 in niacinamide form, and B12 in methylcobalamine form.
Zen+ is our blockbuster non-drowsy anti-anxiety blend. It reduces stress and anxiety, but also is fantastic for helping people improve their mental focus and concentration. Everyday we’re hearing from customers who are having very positive results from Zen+ and reporting a much better mood, a more relaxed and confident state of mind, and far better cognitive abilities and sharper mental focus.
Zen+ is a combination of organic ashwagandha, organic rhodiola, l-theanine, B3 niacinamide, B12 methylcobalamine, passionflower, magnesium bisglycinate, 5 HTP, and l-tryptophan.
Although originally formulated as an anti-anxiety blend, people are experiencing amazing results with sharper mental focus and ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
Try Zen+ for anxiety, focus, and concentration, and experience the positive results for yourself.