If you’re reading this article, you’re probably familiar with who Tim Ferris is. For those who aren’t, he’s an author, entrepreneur, and host of a series of podcasts directed at human optimisation.


About Tim Ferris


Tim Ferriss is a strong proponent of the 80/20 rule (also known as the principle of factor sparsity). The idea is that you should always look for the 20% of work that will deliver 80% of results. This can be applied to everything, including supplements.

Tim Ferriss has spoken with hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, doctors, athletes, and nutritionists about supplements and daily habits. Over the years there have been a number of supplements he recommends that fit in with this 80/20 philosophy.

Here are some of his suggestions,

  1. Magnesium

  • One of the leading causes of death in the Western world is cardiovascular disease. This makes supplements that can prevent or reduce the chances of developing these conditions very valuable long term.
  • Though there are a number of different supplements that are useful for preventing cardiovascular disease, the one that stands out the most is magnesium. It’s been shown to improve the pathophysiology of heart disease long term, and is correlated with longer life spans when taken regularly. Magnesium is also important for brain health, and is one of the simplest ways of minimising or reducing headaches and mental fatigue.
  • Taking Tim Ferriss’ 80/20 rule, magnesium is an excellent choice because it offers multiple short and long term improvements for the cardiovascular and neurological systems with a simple daily supplement.
  1. Krill Oil

  • Krill oil comes from tiny shrimp-like crustaceans from the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. These tiny animals are so abundant they make up the largest animal biomass on the entire planet. There’s an estimated 500 million tons of them swimming around in the cold ocean waters at this very moment.
  • These creatures also happen to offer one of the largest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in the animal kingdom. Similar to fish oil, krill contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These omegas are great for reducing inflammation and protecting our vital organs like our heart, lungs, brain, and skin.
  • Krill oil contains phosphatidylcholine, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D, and astaxanthin, which is a potent antioxidant useful for general health promotion. Noopept is structurally similar to the racetam family of nootropics. It works through the glutamate receptors within the brain in a similar respect to piracetam [3].
  • Noopept is considered to be nearly 100 times stronger than piracetam, and has an effect on both the AMPA-glutamate receptors as well as the NMDA-glutamate receptors. This allows noopept to offer a more well-rounded neurostimulatory effect, making us feel more awake and alert.
  1. MCT Oil

  • MCT oil stands for “medium chain triglycerides” which refers to the length of the fatty acid chains. Coconut oil is naturally high in MCTs, but other sources of fat can be converted as well to create this useful health supplement.
  • MCT oil is digested faster than long chain fatty acids (LCTs), and provide more direct benefits to cardiovascular, and neurological health. Tim Ferriss often discusses the role MCT oil plays in his diet as a means of providing a rich source of energy, as well as a way for his body reach a state of ketosis (a dietary plan involving the consumption of fats over carbohydrates). This diet has become popular in the biohacker community for its ability to provide long term energy, improved cognition and focus, and improve endurance sport performance.
  1. Garlic Extract

  • Tim regularly talks about garlic extract as a daily supplement for supporting immunity, and regulating energy levels. It does this by improving the bodies ability to burn fat for energy, and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Our energy levels are governed by the amount of glucose or ketones in our blood. Our cells use these compounds as fuel to drive their various functions. When glucose levels become low, and we lack fat metabolites like ketones, we begin to feel weak and low-energy. Garlic buffers this system to support more regular energy levels and keeps us functioning at a higher levels for longer.

More On Tim Ferriss

If you’re interested in more of what Tim Ferriss has to say about supplements, check out the Tim Ferriss show on iTunes. He has several books available too that touch on this topic including “Tools for Titans” and “Tribe of Mentors”.