Remember the film Limitless, which saw Bradley Cooper become an absolute superhuman after discovering a magical pill that allowed him to learn countless languages, beat the stock market and be an all-round badass?
If you left the cinema wishing there was a real-life, legal version of Bradley's much-loved NZT-48 Limitless pill, you could be in luck.
One company has created a range of 'nootropic' supplements, which they describe as a 'natural, all-in-one brain booster'.
BrainExcell tablets were developed by Ryan Maguire, who was looking for a new and natural way of enhancing his mental and physical capabilities.
"Each of us has potential for greatness that knows no bounds. Self-improvement is the key to unlocking that potential," he said. "We developed BrainExcell to help you live the smart, fit and happy life that you're working hard to achieve, now and further down the road."
He has created two supplements - one to charge you up for the day and one to help you wind back down for the night.
Ryan says his pills help supercharge your memory, concentration, energy, and focus. As someone who works hard and plays a lot harder, I was desperate to try them, especially after watching Limitless. My triple shot flat white at 8am just wasn't cutting the mustard and my brain often felt fuzzy as I attempted to juggle a heavy workload and social life.
You begin the day by taking the Focus (£40 for a pack), which promises to improve your mental, psychological, and physical wellbeing. It is packed with 100% natural ingredients (like ashwaganda, guarana and Korean panax ginseng extract) to help you unlock your true potential and access your mind’s deepest, most potent superpowers, with the aim of keeping you sharp, focused, and on top of your game at all times.
I popped mine at 8am with breakfast and waited patiently, expecting to get an immediate high and start rambling in Mandarin during morning news conference. Alas, despite not automatically being able to speak 6 languages and outdo the City's top traders, I felt quietly alert, my mind felt clear and I was much more efficient.
As my colleagues know only too well, I can talk for England and these pills left me talking for the whole world. I couldn't shut up. I am hyper at the best of times and these took me to the next level. I felt excited about even the most mundane tasks and got through my to-do list in record time.
By 10pm, my usual bedtime, I couldn't sleep. I was full of creative ideas for work and honestly felt like whipping out my laptop. Admittedly, I forgot to take the 'comedown' pill, which might explain my insomnia.
The Sleep supplement (£28 for 60) helps your mind unwind, enabling you to slip into an easy and restorative night’s sleep. More than a sleeping tablet, the brand says its nootropic combines ingredients that have been shown to help reduce stress and improve the quality of deep sleep, meaning your brain and body can recover more effectively.
The first night I did take one, I had an *epic* night's sleep and actually struggled to wake up the next day but as the days went on, I still found it hard to switch off after taking the day's tablet.
I've being taking the pills for a good month now and have to admit, the effect has worn off with time and while I don't quite feel equipped to run for state like Bradley Cooper and haven't mastered Arabic just yet, nootropics completely changed my mood, energy levels and creativity and I predict we'll all be popping them by 2020.