You’ve been taking bad drugs. No, I don’t mean the $100 baby laxative you snorted on your last Vegas trip. I mean the drugs many of us all take every day: coffee, Adderall, antidepressants and alcohol. They’re weak, and you can do better. That’s why we’ve rounded up five supercharged alternatives, each one sailing the rough and ever-changing seas between the FDA and the DEA. If you’re the type who likes to play the “safe route” with “universally accepted medical facts,” turn back. But if your life is your guinea pig and you don’t mind a side effect here and there, read on. (We’ve been advised to advise readers to seek the advice of a physician or other health care professional before taking any of these supplements.)


Popular with everyone from swole bodybuilders (the substance helps burn excess calories and keep body fat down) to malnourished children (it is also absorbed into the body without digestion) medium-chain triglycerides have a lot of fans. But you don’t have to be a douchebag or an AIDS patient to take advantage of the benefits. Because MCT oil is so readily absorbed into the body, it’s something like putting jet fuel in the Honda Accord of your mind and body. “For people who are active, it’s very good at sustaining energy,” says Cindy Young, nutrition buyer for New Seasons Market and 23-year veteran of the nutrition industry. “We’ve been so misled in this industry on fats.” The flavorless oil packs healthier and longer-term energy than a simple cup of coffee, so try a shot with your Frosted Flakes.