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For newcomers to nootropics, the term can be difficult to pronounce and understand. We have created a brief overview and guide to introduce users to the concept of nootropics and their practical applications.
This article covers the definition of nootropics, associated risks, the concept of combining different types of nootropics (known as ‘stacking’), and the recommended methods of consumption.
What are Nootropics?
A nootropic is a supplement or drug that is usually designed to boost intellectual function. Most nootropics have very few unwanted side effects and are mainly geared towards lasting cerebral development.
Several benefits of nootropics include improved memory, awareness, attention, determination, behavior, and mental dexterity. Many nootropics are available in the form of supplements derived from original compounds that contribute to improving physical processes in the body.
Most people are uncertain regarding nootropics. And to be truthful, I don’t blame them. The promise of nootropics almost seems too good to be true.
You need to understand that these kinds of supplements will not make you as smart as Einstein or perform miracles on your mind. They will only help make up for the flaws in your body, which may improve the overall performance and fitness of your brain at different levels for each person. Take them consistently, and you can expect to feel a benefit.
How They Function
Your mind has billions of neurotransmitters and billions of synapses that connect all of these neurons. These are the things that control your mind, as well as your memory, mood, mental agility, and ability to focus.
Boosting or reducing certain chemicals in your mind can improve the flow of information and the formation of these neurotransmitters, resulting in improved cognitive performance in areas such as awareness, memory, behavior, and mental alertness. The maintenance of your neurons also helps prevent age-related cognitive decline and mental diseases like dementia.
Many nootropics increase blood flow to your brain. The blood in your body is what delivers oxygen throughout your system, including your brain. When the amount of blood and oxygen is increased in our brain, essential functions such as memory and focus are enhanced.
Some nootropics can increase the production of neurotransmitters that counteract age-related decline. Without external assistance, many brains will start losing neurons faster than they can generate. This is a natural consequence of aging, but it can be slowed down with nootropics.
A Few Examples
Some examples of substances that also affect the central nervous system but are not classed as nootropics are caffeine, nicotine, cannabis, or Ritalin. True nootropics meet a set of criteria that are seen more as nutrients than as drugs. These include:
- Aniracetam – This is a stimulant and cognitive enhancer acting in as fast as 20 minutes.
- Theanine – Naturally found in green tea, this reduces anxiety and improves learning.
- Piracetam – One of the most extensively studied nootropics for cognitive enhancement.
- Pramiracetam – A more potent variation of piracetam enhancing memory and learning capacity.
All of the above have no documented side effects and are generally considered quite safe to take as regular supplements. Studies of nootropics are underway in many prestigious university labs, but it will take some time for a huge database of findings to be available.