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Nootropics – support your brain!

It is often easy to forget about our most important organ - the brain. It is worth to look closer at what the so-called "smart drugs" or simply nootropics can offer us.


Nootropics - what they are and what they can do for us

As it was mentioned above, they are often called smart drugs, but by the way, they are also referred to as brain booster or memory-enhancing drugs. All of those definitions, of course, refer to the way in which this drug helps us to positively influence mental functions such as memory, motivation, concentration and focus. We find mainly two types of nootropics:

  • Synthetic nootropics, like piracetam
  • natural and herbal origin, like Ginkgo biloba and Panax ginseng

Using such substances results in increased blood flow to our brain, which at the same time will provide more nutrients and oxygen to our body. As it consumes a large portion of the oxygen delivered to the body (up to 15%), increasing the delivered dose of it will improve neuronal function of your organism.

Natural nootropics are presented as affecting many aspects relevant to our body condition

  • reducing the occurrence and severity of inflammation in our brain
  • minimizing the effects of the ageing of our brain
  • stimulating the release of dopamine
  • protection against toxins
  • stimulation of AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolpropionic acid)

However, the nootropic effect often depends on which product we are taking. As you can see, they have many aspects that have a positive effect on the overall functioning of our brain as well as on our well-being and how we spend our day. It's worth taking a closer look at what products you can check.

Nootropics - which ones to choose?

There are various nootropics on the market, mainly natural ones, but there are also some synthetic options. A list of sample nootropics is presented below :

Brahmi

Dried Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi)
Dried Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi)

The plant is known for being used in various types of nervous system disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy. In Ayurvedic medicine is considered a plant that has a positive effect on memory and cognitive functions.

Nicotine

Nicotinamide Riboside chemical formula
Nicotinamide Riboside chemical formula

Very familiar to many people, mainly found in tobacco plants. Despite the fact that it has a strong addictive effect, it is known for it affects the assimilation of information and memory. If you want to supplement nicotine in healthy way, you can consider supplementing specific derivative of Vitamin B3 - Nicotinamide Riboside (NADH)

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is mainly used as an extract from its leaves
Ginkgo Biloba is mainly used as an extract from its leaves

This plant is quite well-known for its medical usages. Its neuroprotective effects have been tested on both animals and humans. Mainly used in the case of disorders of cognitive function and diseases like Alzheimer.

Panax ginseng

Root of Panax Ginseng
Root of Panax Ginseng

Often called ginseng in simplification - is a very well-known plant used mainly in Chinese medicine. Used mainly in the case of Alzheimer's disease, it also has a good effect on healthy people in the case of acting on memory improvements.

Summary

Nootropics can offer interesting effects to healthy people, however, they are mainly focused on the treatment of diseases related to the effectiveness of our brain. An interesting issue can certainly be a positive effect on stopping the ageing of the brain. Natural nootropics can be an interesting supplement for people who want to improve functions of our most important organ!

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David

David

I am a graduate of the Physical Education course of Western University of Health Sciences. A lot of personal experience with dietetics and activities perfectly compliments my high-school knowledge.

I am the coach of the second class of canoeing. Instructor of swimming, gymnastics, athletics, and pilates. For 16 years, I have been practising canoeing - I have won many medals in international competitions.

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