Nootropics - A Beginner's Guide
If you haven’t heard about them, you’re starting right here and right now.
New drugs, with all-natural ingredients, are gaining speed in the alternative medicine world. They boast about improving cognitive function. In other words, they could increase your focus, concentration, attention, memory, and much more - ultimately, making you smarter!
They also may work wonders for the aging brain.
They’re called nootropics. Get to know the word. Start to love it because it’s going to be everywhere soon.
The brain is the ultimate organ in the body. It commands everything we do. Without it, we cease to have conscious or complex thought. It’s what makes us, us. Inevitably, it is important.
Nootropics are all about improving brain health and function. Who wouldn’t want that?
The next superpower is improving your brain power and expanding your mind past it’s already stretched capacity. In fact, today’s world demands more and more of the brain. Thus, science set out on a mission: How can we improve this? How can we reduce fatigue? How can we increase cognitive function without harming our most vital asset, the brain?
Now, you’re probably having flashbacks to the movie, Limitless. You know the one - where Bradley Cooper takes the best pill in the world. He becomes a superhero of sorts - one where his immense brain power is unmatched to any other.
Think of nootropics like this, except less out of this world and without adverse effects like addiction or health compromises.
So, What are Nootropics Exactly?
Okay, let’s dive in. Nootropics help in improving your cognitive function. Check. What else?
Essentially, they are nutrient supplements. So, unlike Limitless, they aren’t full of any chemically altering substances.
They are often called “brain boosters” and they often are single or double-ingredient pills. Like we said, nothing super shady going on here.
Many nootropics promote benefits like:
- Increased attention span
- Improved concentration
- Sharper focus
- Enhanced memory abilities
- Better learning skills
- And much more!
They’re starting to sound fairly good right about now - aren’t they?
And don’t worry, the medical community is 100% behind them. They are often clinically-tested and proven via human trials and labelled as low toxicity, meaning they have low or zero chemically altering contents that contain few or no side effects.
It sounds a little out of this world. But science has advanced a ton in the past decades - even in the past few years.
You’re probably wondering… “Okay, this sounds too good to be true.”
Hey, don’t bash it until you try it.
And you’re probably thinking… “Right, so do these even work?”
Well, the best answer we can give you is to try them. Nootropics actually aid the brain’s structure and function. They have many effects, including:
1. Nootropics increase your brain’s energy.
Your energy is depleted fast. Technology tends to have that effect. Screen time, computer time, cell phones, billboards, flashing lights - we live in a world of constant stimuli. Our brains haven’t fully evolved to comprehend and grasp this bombardment of entities. As such, it’s energy depletes fairly quickly.
But nootropics help promote energy production in the brain. It reduces things like brain fatigue or the mid-afternoon crash. Pop a nootropic or 2 and you’ll be a-ok for the rest of your day.
2. Need a little brain chemistry balance? Nootropics have you covered!
Do you feel particularly cranky during the middle of the afternoon or maybe at that time of the month? Nootropics claim to help combat these problems. Your mood improves. You have more motivation and you’re able to pay better attention (definitely a win!).
3. Nootropics help with brain repair and regeneration.
Say what?! They maintain the neural networks in your brain, increasing your brain power. Consequently, your long-term memory improves, and you generally feel better overall.
4. Nootropics increase and maintain optimal blood flow to the brain.
Many of these products claim to help improve blood flow. And blood carries all those good nutrients and compounds your brain needs to function its best.
This blood flow may further bring substances like antioxidants, protecting your brain from free radicals. Another plus for the aging brain!
Again, this all sounds too good to be true.
Don’t worry - Nootropics are safe, legal, and have no reported serious side effects. They are mostly, as aforementioned, made of all-natural ingredients. Although, experts and doctors advise investing into the higher quality products as cheaper products tend to contain chemicals and other higher toxicity causing compounds.
So, What Nootropic Product Should You Try?
You’re feeling it. You want to try a so-called smart drug - where do you get the juice?
Your local herb or alternative medicine store is a great place to start. Yet, you can also get a variety of nootropic products online. Amazon has a wide variety of beginner products. Pricing ranges from around $11 to more expensive options in the $40-$50 range. Check out the customer reviews before buying - these can be key indicators of a quality product or not.
Be Smart About Smart Drugs
Okay - they aren’t really a ‘drug.’ The word ‘drug’ comes with such a negative connotation attached to it. But nootropics do have some pretty powerful effects.
Many of these ‘smart drugs’ contain various essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for protecting neural structures, promoting blood flow, and helping your body and brain deal with stress.
They also frequently contain various herbs, such as Bacopa, Lion’s Mane, and more. Occasionally, they will also have adaptogens, phospholipids, choline, amino acids (like L-Theanine), and antioxidants. Don’t let those scientific-sounding names confuse you - these aren’t anything fancy. In fact, your body needs these compounds to function at its best.
If you aren’t sure what kind you want or need, do your research on the individual ingredients, then find a product containing those ingredients. Get smart! Start trying out nootropics - do they work for you?
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