An energy-enhancing vitamin that improves your “mental stamina” and provides a near-instantaneous memory and mood boost?
That’s the promise of Sulbutiamine, a synthetic chemical with similarities to Thiamine.
Unlike its natural counterpart, though, Sulbutiamine is supposed to have stimulating and brain-altering effects that make it suitable as an overall mental and cognitive performance enhancer.
Does it live up to the hype?
Let’s find out.
What is Sulbutiamine?
Discovered in Japan during the 1930s, Sulbutiamine was developed as a possible treatment for the Thiamine deficiency that was prevalent in many Asian countries at the time.
Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the chemical because of its possible use as a performance optimizing compound.
In addition to possibly being able to treat Alzheimer’s and diabetic nerve pain, proponents believe that Sulbutiamine can offer some marked cognitive enhancements.
Specifically, they claim that it has a nootropic effect—increasing one’s mood, memory, and other cognitive processes—while simultaneously helping to relieve fatigue and provide a noticeable energy boost.
Indeed, Sulbutiamine has some therapeutic uses (specifically, Asthenia), but as its status as a nootropic has mixed levels of enthusiasm.
Some are all on board, citing its use in competition sports and known pharmacological abilities. Others urge caution, as much of the information about the drug is not properly cataloged, many of the newer claims about its capabilities have not been thoroughly tested, and the compound can interfere with other medications and treatments.
While those groups duke it out, Sulbutiamine is perfectly legal to obtain in the United States, both under the brand name Arcalion and as a generic supplement available via the internet.
It typically comes as capsules of varying strengths but is also available as a powder. Interesting to note is that Sulbutiamine is most often taken as a part of a stack, rather than used in supplementation by itself.
Still, there’s no denying that it has some effects on the human body, even when used alone.
Sulbutiamine is most often referred to under its brand/generic names like Enerion, Bisibuthiamine, Megastene, Neuro-Up, or Youvitan.
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