If you want to increase your productivity, alertness, and ability to learn and remember, you may be considering giving cognitive enhancers a try.
But which ones are both effective and safe? Your brain is your most valuable asset. Know all the facts before using any cognitive enhancer.
Some people think herbal or natural supplements don’t work well but this is simply not the case. Most powerful pharmacological and psychoactive drugs are actually derived from natural sources. The fact is that natural nootropics help your brain reach peak mental potential while simultaneously making your brain healthier, without the unacceptable risks of smart drugs.
Another great thing about natural nootropics is that they are very easy to obtain and relatively safe. They are also great to stack. One could come up with a powerful herbal nootropic stack through a trial and error process to find what works for them.
By definition, nootropics are substances that both improve brain health and function and do no harm. Unfortunately, the “do no harm” part of the definition has largely been abandoned as a growing number of people are interested in hacking their brain regardless of the risks or potential side effects.
Today almost any substance that can have some positive effect on brain function is being called a nootropic — whether it’s a natural supplement, pharmaceutical supplement, genuine drug or an illegal, dangerous drug. What’s worse is the fact that these drugs are being promoted as Limitless Pill “NZT 48” from the film and television series “Limitless.” In reality, nootropics are still far from the limitless pill to make you the next Einstein or Mozart. [Source Link]
Further, the smart drugs have several side effects. Smart drugs are designed to give you short-term increase in energy, memory, learning ability, focus, and attention but with little concern about long-term use or side effects. Some nootropics like Adrafinil are even toxic to the liver. Adrafinil is metabolized into modafinil by way of your liver. This is a problem as adrafinil increases liver enzymes which can lead to problems and eventually toxicity within the organ, particularly if you already have liver issues.
Finally there’s evidence that brain enhancing drugs may not work at all. Studies have repeatedly shown that smart drugs don’t make you smarter. Just as drinking alcohol makes you feel more funny and attractive, smarts drugs make users think they’re performing better than they are.
There are a wide range of natural supplements that qualify as nootropics and are very safe.
Some of the functions of natural vitamins like vitamin B12, Folic Acid and vitamin D can be nootropic.
Traditional herbs used to improve memory, like ginkgo, bacopa, rhodiola rosea, ginseng, turmeric are nootropics.
Supplements which are extracted from natural plant compounds like vinpocetine, huperzine-a and citicoline are also safe nootropics.
Nootropics can help keep your brain healthy and functioning its best via a wide variety of mechanisms.
Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid reduces the serum homocysteine concentrations and hence helps reducing the symptoms of cognitive decline and dementia.
Rhodiola Rosea has a calming effect onm brain and makes you feel more awake and energized. Like all adaptogens it improves your ability to handle both physiological and psychological stress.
Bacopa Monnieri has an active compound called “Bacosides” which serve as both an antioxidant and communication agent within the brain. It works by balancing the brain chemicals dopamine, serotonin, and GABA while reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Ginkgo works by improving blood flow to the brain thereby increasing the amount of energy, oxygen, and other nutrients reaching brain cells. It’s an all-around excellent cognitive enhancer so powerful that in some countries it’s available only as a prescription medication.
Curcumin is an excellent antioxidant and all-around brain tonic that can improve memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Huperzine A, a compound extracted from Chinese club moss, stimulates the formation of healthy new brain cells. Studies have found it enhances memory and learning in people in all stages of life — from middle school students to seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Citicoline can significantly improve memory, concentration, focus and attention and in one study was found to work as well as the “study drug” piracetam.
While not very exciting, one of the most important ways nootropics can improve the state of your brain is by providing essential brain nutrients like creatine, carnitine, omega 3, vit B12, Vit D, magnesium, choline, etc.
With this many options, there’s no need to take risky off-label use prescription drugs or so-called smart drugs to get optimal mental performance. The only problem with naural nootropics is that results are notable only after 3 to 5 weeks of continued use.
If you want to get the most out of a natural nootropic stack combine atleast 5 to 6 of these substances. Or buy the ready made memory and alertness formulation “MindBoost Day“. Combine it with healthy diet to get maximum benefits out of this natural nootropic mix.