Smart drugs may seem like a concept straight from a sci-fi movie, but not anymore. There is now a type of medical supplement available to the general public that actually helps with brain activity. These are nootropics, and some consumers looking for a way to improve concentration, focus and memory see these supplements as the wave of the future.
What Are Nootropics?
Nootropics are supplements that act upon neural receptors, serotonin level and circulation of oxygenated blood that actually have been shown to enhance brain power. Among the many observed benefits, these include improved concentration, better focus, increased memory, a better ability to make mathematical calculations, increased mental alertness and energy and enhanced mood. They can make you either extremely calm and collected or energetic and confident. Some type of nootropics are new and there is a limited amount of information about them, while other have decades of peer review studies to back them up. In any case, their noticeable effect on your brain’s capacity to think can’t really be denied.
In addition to increased concentration, nootropics have been shown to improve focus, help increase memory, a better ability to make mathematical calculations, and demonstrated increased mental alertness and energy and enhanced mood – from calmness to increased alertness. They have also been shown to increase neuroplasticity, which is essentially the building of new connections between the neurons in your brain. This is done via targeting the specific neurotransmitters and synaptic receptors of your brain and increase how efficiently these systems in your brain operate. They don’t directly make you smarter, they merely improve how well your brain conducts its’ most important functions in a way that helps you learn more and retain more information your memory.
Since any chemical that affects your brain cannot be classified as a nootropic with a high level of toxicity, there are very few side effects, and these are only present when you use too much of them for an extended period of time. These might include headaches, slight nausea, irritability, increase heart rate and insomnia. These are similar to the kinds of side effects one might experience if they drink too much coffee. Usually, staying within recommended dosages and cycling your use of the more potent strains of nootropics often prevent you from ever experiencing these side effects.
As there are many different types of nootropics, there is not universally recommended dosage for all of them as a group. Refer to the dosage information that accompanies any you procure, but a good rule of thumb is usually between 300-500mg twice a day – once in the morning and again after lunch. It’s not a good idea to take them in the evening as the increase brain activity can disrupt your sleeping patterns.
Examples of Nootropics
There are all kind of nootropics currently on the market, from racetams to cholines to Noopept to Sunifram all have varying effects on brain function. They often target different receptors in the brain but they all have the similar effect of increasing mental capability.
Long-term Use and Research
As long as you use any nootropic as directed, you should suffer no real negative long term side effects. But the benefits you can see from extended use are considerable, such as improve long term memory, an better ability to learn new skills and information and a better ability to manage your mood and emotions. These effects will disappear once you stop using any nootropic supplement, so it’s best to use them in moderation so this drop-off won’t be so pronounced and your brain can adjust more effortlessly.
There are lots of plant and mineral extracts that have been prevalent in Eastern cultures for centuries that modern medicine has classified as herbal nootropics. These include Huperzine-A, Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane, Ginkgo Biloba, Artichoke Extract and L-Theanine.
There are other types of nootropics that are similar to racetams called ampakine nootropics. These are named because of their effect on the glutamatergic AMPA receptor in the brain. They have a similar effect on memory, focus, mental cognition and concentration that nootropics from the racetam family have, but aren’t as varied in the different parts of the brain they affect.
Stimulant nootropics have a similar effect that Adderall has on the brain. Not only to they increase energy and alertness, they also improve the brain’s ability to process and retain information while improving focus.
While it may be tempting to regard these types of supplements as another fad with little to no scientist research to back up their reputation as a smart drug, nootropics have seen their study by the pharmaceutical and medical research communities skyrocket in the last decade. To many who have experienced their benefits first hand, nootropics have become a safe, moderately-used part of their daily routine, and this trend look poised to conti