10 Sep What Are Nootropics?
So you may be asking yourself a few very simple questions: What are these things called nootropics, what can they do for me, are they safe, and should I take them? Fortunately, those simple question have equally simple answers, so keep reading to find out.
What Are Nootropics and What Do They Do?
The term ‘nootropics’ refers to a wide range of natural and artificial compounds which are thought to enhance cognitive function. Nootropics (also referred to as smart substances, and memory, neuro, cognitive, and intelligence enhancers) are supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve on one or more aspects of mental function not limited to working memory, motivation, attention, mood, focus, and overall perceived energy.
How Do They Work?
The exact mechanism of action will depend on the compound. Some examples that lead to benefits are:
- -Improved blood flow to the brain
- -Enhanced oxygen and glucose delivery
- -Higher functioning neurotransmitters
- -Ensuring the brain is not deficient in optimal nutrients
- -Improved nerve growth rate
- -Enhancing synapses for better information travel.
Are They Safe?
Short Answer: Yes!
Long Answer: The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by the Romanian Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, derived from the Greek words meaning “mind” and “turn,” which can translate to simply ‘turning on one’s mind.’ Giurgea also proposed a set of guidelines for a substance to be considered a nootropic while working on the most popular and studied nootropic of today, Piracetam.
Of those original standards, which mostly focus on enhancing one’s cognitive function, nootropics must ideally exhibit little to no side effects and must be of extremely low toxicity (otherwise they CAN’T be considered a nootropic.) In fact, another guidelines insist that they must protect and promote overall brain health.
With that being said though, even with side effects being extremely rare, our bodies are complex and unique and as such one can’t predict with certainty that someone won’t have an adverse reaction to any particular compound, much like with anything that one may ingest. It is imperative to thoroughly research what one may be taking and exercise caution with small dosages first when introducing a new supplement to one’s diet.
Focused, Alert, Improved Memory, Concentration, Energy…
And the list goes on. There is a nootropic for pretty much every one of those categories. Some enhance better than others. Some do it all. Some are hit and miss. So what do you choose?
Stay tuned for our soon to be completed “SIMPLE GUIDE TO COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT” for a complete look at effective cognitive stacks for beginners and experts alike.
In the mean time, proven favorites for those new to nootropics, who want to focus, concentrate, get motivated, and have clean energy are Piracetam, Noopept, Alpha GPC, ALCAR, and Sunifiram. Click through to read more as reviews are coming soon.