This month is Nootropics month at YesWellness and so, I thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a primer on what they are, what they are capable of, and the history behind them.
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics is a relatively new term and it didn’t exist until 1972, when it was coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea. He combined the words “nous” and “trepin” (Greek words), which mean “mind” and “bending/turn”, respectively. Thus giving the definition of something that can help bend (or mold) the mind into shape. He went out of his way to state that Nootropics must enhance cognition with minimal side effects. Not only do Nootropics help increase cognition, but they can also protect the brain from oxidative stress and/or damage. Nootropics are not an alternative to a healthy diet but act as a supplement to an existing healthy lifestyle.
How does Nootropics work?
The evidence claims that Nootropics can enhance your brain’s natural ability to learn with higher efficiency. There are many supplements that can be taken to reach various health goals. For example, the consumption of Lion’s Mane Mushroom can help promote Nerve Growth Factor. Meanwhile, other Nootropics can increase the availability of neurotransmitters or streamline other neurological features to enhance learning or recall. It’s absolutely necessary to keep track of the efficacy of nootropics; this can be measured by using a tool like TrackMyStack.com – which helps you log and review supplements.
How are Nootropic supplements taken?
As with fitness, there are many “supplement stacks” that are consumed cognitive enhancing purposes. For those that are unaware, stacking is the process of taking different supplements, vitamins or herbs that have slightly different effects individually, but when taken together (or stacked) act synergistically and can thus be more effective.
The most common and basic supplement stack includes Coffee and L-Theanine. While coffee gives you an energy rush, it can also bring on “jitters”; but when supplemented with L-Theanine, the jitters can subside, leaving you with the energy and focus that you needed. It can be seen as filling your car with regular gas or premium gas.
Who should be supplementing with nootropics?
High performance individuals on Wall Street, Silicon Valley developers, and even surgeons supplement with Nootropics for their highly demanding careers. It’s also very commonly used amongst the elderly and student population. Although Nootropics are quite safe, a consultation with your family doctor is recommended.
Consuming Nootropics is a fairly new and innovative way for you to reach your full potential. Although it’s a fairly new subject area, the response has been a very positive one thus far. If you are a high performance individual who wants to work more efficiently, or want to keep your brain healthy, Nootropics are something that you will definitely want to look into further.