Study Smarter, Not Harder: How Mushroom Extracts Can Give You an Edge in School

Back to school has always held a special place in my heart. As a former university student of 13 years, I always looked forward to the fall campus atmosphere – seeing old friends, meeting new friends, the social life and parties and the freedom of living away from home. Oh, and I forgot to mention the classwork… there was always a lot of it, which I really enjoyed. After all, despite the distractions, learning should be the ultimate reason why we seek higher education.

I know the student lifestyle well, simply because I never left it. The difference is that now I am the teacher and no longer the student. However, I still get that wonderful feeling every September when I see all the excited students returning to campus with their bright minds ready to continue their journey in academia!

Then comes October….

They say all good things must come to an end, and for young college and university students that couldn’t be truer. For most, Frosh-Week/Orientation-Week is over within the first week of school and then reality hits.

It is during this time that many students struggle to develop a structured routine of good nutrition, daily exercise, regular study habits and adequate sleep. This time also coincides well with students “watching lectures” with their heads down at their desks and lying in a puddle of drool (“catching up” on their sleep). This isn’t the most economical or efficient approach to learning and retaining knowledge, and it’s a terrible way to get restful sleep.

Then the midterms begin….

For many students, it is around midterms that their lifestyle habits begin to negatively affect their performance in the classroom. This is when nights out with friends promote exam cramming, increased caffeine consumption and the use of dangerous stimulants.

According to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, the rate of amphetamine use has been steadily increasing since 2008 among college students. Estimates are that over 20% of college students abuse prescription stimulants (such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta) for academic purposes — most of the time these drugs are not prescribed to them.

Not only does this expose these students to potentially dangerous health effects (eg, high blood pressure, dependence, etc.), but misuse of prescription stimulants also causes problems with self-monitoring and promotes cognitive impairment–including problems with working memory.

Overall, this creates a poor environment for mental and physical health that leads to impaired performance in and out of the classroom—not to mention a poor return on a significant financial and time investment.

So, in an effort to protect your investment, here are 9 simple ways to set yourself up for academic success:

1. Set goals. Goals should be (SMART) specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Clearly defined objectives provide:

  • Direction
  • Increased focus and attention
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved self-confidence Have a positive mindset

    2. Have a positive mindset

    • Get excited about your lessons
    • Be positive and confident in your ability to succeed
    • Choose topics that appeal to you or interest you

      3. Manage time

    • Make a monthly schedule and be realistic
    • Be aware of wasted time
    • The golden rule: 2-3 hours of study for every class hour
    • 4. Read… Read… Read…

    • Check the textbook and class materials before each class
    • Re-read the textbook and class materials after class
    • Make good study notes
    • 5. Attend all lectures and workshops and stay engaged with the material (this is obvious)

      6. Sleep well

    • Get 7-9 hours of sleep EVERY night without exception
    • Relax for an hour before going to bed
    • Practice good sleep hygiene (there are many resources for this online)
    • 7. Exercise daily

    • Studies show that students who get at least 20 minutes of high-intensity exercise daily have a higher GPA than those who don’t
    • 8. Eat well

    • Eat a well-balanced diet every day
    • A recent study published in Nutrients reported that good sleep quality and adherence to the Mediterranean diet improved academic performance in nursing students.
    • 9. Before reaching for stimulants, use AdaptogenShrooms Medicinal Grade Organic Lion’s Mane Extract

      • Lion’s mane mushroom prevents and treats nerve damage in the brain. Once across the blood-brain barrier, erinacins in lion’s mane stimulate the release of nerve growth factor (NGF)
      • In the brain, NGF simulates the growth, regeneration and protection of neurons
      • As we age, the synthesis of NGF in the brain decreases. This is thought to contribute to age-related decline in cognition, memory and recall
      • Lion’s Mane does not contain stimulants, but anecdotal reports suggest that it produces stimulating improvements in cognition and focus
      • Lion’s Mane is effective in reducing anxiety and depression
      • Lion’s mane improves mood and mental energy in the long run
      • Lion’s Mane improves concentration, decision making, problem solving and learning
      • Lion’s mane benefits gut health and reduces inflammation, which improves brain-gut communication (Gut-Brain Axis)

      AdaptogenShrooms Lion’s Mane Extract is a real organic pharmaceutical grade mushroom extract produced according to the exact specifications of the TCM Pharmacopeia. Our extraction processes ensure medicinal potency and purity in all our products.

      Our Lion’s Mane is proven to contain > 3% erinacins, > 25% beta-d-glucans, > 7% terpenoids and > 1% polyphenols — making it the most potent NGF-stimulating mushroom extract that supports cognitive health available.

      If you are interested in using AdaptogenShrooms Lion’s Mane to boost your cognitive performance: Take 1 gram (1/2 teaspoon or 2 capsules), up to 3 times a day before breakfast, lunch and dinner. For heavy study periods, get a 4u Dose ½ gram just before night study sessions.

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