What are Nootropics?
Nootropics are often referred to as “smart drugs”, “cognitive enhancers”, or “mental enhancers”. Nootropic users report long levels of intense focus, increased memory retention, increased vocabulary, increased mental fluidity and enhancement of mood. Nootropics can be compared to brain steroids, except completely legal and safe.
Cognitive function is influenced by the neurotransmitters in our brain and the blood flow required to bring compulsory levels of oxygen. A neurotransmitter is a chemical which broadcasts information to cells from neurons. This is a process of correspondence between brain neurons and cells found throughout the body.
As people grow older, or have deficiencies in their diets, our brains find difficulty fulfilling optimal levels of essential neurotransmitters.
Most nootropics affect the following neurotransmitters:
Examples of Nootropics
Many nootropics have synergistic and cumulative effects. Beginners are urged to research and develop a nootropic stack. A stack is a specific group of nootropic stimulants you will take daily. Be sure to monitor the effects, the dosages, and to refine the stack accordingly. Common beginner nootropics are:
Piracetam is the first cognitive enhancer supplement, discovered in 1964 by Belgium Doctor Giurgea. Piracetam is said to improve memory, concentration and the fortitude of association between both hemispheres of the brain. Piracetam is also known to show affirmative side effects on creativity. For more information on Piracetam, including dosage and research information, follow the previous link.
In a similar vein as Piracetam there are other racetams. Their effects and intensity vary and are generally considered stronger than Piracetam. These include Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Pramiracetam, Nefiracetam, Sunifiram, Unifiram and many more.
Choline is a member of the Vitamin B family and is often supplemented with Piracetam. Choline affects the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for processing information. Choline improves clarity, memory, attention, mood, and memory. For more information on Choline, including dosage and research information, follow the link.
Modafinil is a medication intended for use by sufferers of narcolepsy disorder. This is more advanced than the two products mentioned above and cannot be obtained in the United States without prescription. Search the internet for other options. The drug affects affects dopamine levels. As intended Modafinil assists with alertness, attention, and wakefulness.
Other nootropics include: