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26 Post author: lukeprog 01 October 2011 11:20AM

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Comment author: Kevin 02 October 2011 03:13:58AM 7 points [-]

About 15 minutes after consumption, it manifests as a kind of pressure in the head or temples or eyes, a clearing up of brain fog, increased focus, and the kind of energy that is not jittery but the kind that makes you feel like exercising would be the reasonable and prudent thing to do. I have done no tests, but "feel" smarter from this in a way that seems much stronger than piracetam or any of the conventional weak nootropics.

It is not just me -- I have been introducing this around my inner social circle and I'm at 7/10 people felt immediately noticeable effects. The 3 that didn't notice much were vegetarians and less likely to have been deficient.

Now that I'm not deficient, it is of course not noticeable as mind altering, but still serves to be energizing, particularly for sustained mental energy as the night goes on.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 04 October 2011 01:32:44AM 0 points [-]

How long does the increased energy last?

Comment author: Kevin 04 October 2011 01:36:48AM 1 point [-]

A few hours? But though I'm recommending the one teaspoon initially for people to be able to viscerally feel the effects of potassium, I've switched to trying to keep my dosage lower and steadier throughout the day.

Comment author: pjeby 03 October 2011 03:38:29PM 0 points [-]

How much did you take?

Comment author: Kevin 04 October 2011 01:01:29AM *  2 points [-]

Initially 1 teaspoon of potassium salt in water.

Comment author: Kevin 13 April 2012 05:44:27AM 3 points [-]

Note: I now consider 1 teaspoon at once to be a dose larger than necessary. I only recommend such a large dose at once if it is important to you to be able to viscerally sense potassium coursing through your body. I'd recommend drinking at least 24 ounces of water with that much potassium. Definitely, definitely don't eat it straight with no water.