As humans, it is in our nature to crave evolution, enhancement, and expansion. There are countless everyday experiences where we have all wanted to boost our cognitive function. Whether it is something huge like pushing for a promotion, striving to ace final exams, and help fulfilling multiple roles in your life, or something as simple as being the best at trivia on game nights, and finally remembering the date of your anniversary. It’s no wonder that Nootropics ( colloquial: smart drugs and cognitive enhancers) are a hot topic!
WHAT ARE NOOTROPICS?
Nootropics are both natural and synthetic drugs and supplements that contain certain central nervous system stimulants found to boost cognitive functions such as memory, motivation, creativity and all other functions that generate the feeling of being most alive.
Sales of Nootropics supplements have continued to rapidly increase as people discover progressive changes to their brain functionality. This billion-dollar industry explains why we are beginning to see more of these supplements on the shelves of our local grocery markets.
One of the most important aspects of your health is to remember that these supplements, like all products sold, are addendums to our brains. Results from use are most prominent when complimented with a regularly practiced routine of eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting the recommended amount of sleep, and maintaining balance to lower stress levels.
COMMONLY USED NOOTROPICS
It’s safe to say we have all heard of nootropics like Caffeine. Caffeine is naturally found in coffee, cocoa, tea, kola nuts, and guarana and is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Here are a few more natural Nootropics along with their effects on the brain:
- L-theanine – a naturally occurring amino acid found in tea that has a calming effect on the body without causing drowsiness.
- Bacopa Monnieri – an ancient herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance brain function by speeding up information processing, and improving memory.
- Panax ginseng – a medicinal plant that has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which helps protect your brain from oxidative stress.
Have you or a friend used Nootropics? If so, what are your favorite supplements? How have they helped you evolve, expand, or enhance your mental capabilities? Drop a comment below to share your experience with us, as always we love hearing from you!