Nootropics, more commonly known as smart drugs or cognitive enhancers are supplements that help improve cognitive function, memory, creativity and focus in healthy individuals.
Your morning coffee or afternoon black tea, both contain Nootropic substances, even the nicotine in tobacco is a Nootropic. Nowadays, it’s not very difficult to find a synthetic or pharmaceutical equivalent of performance enhancers.
History of Nootropics
The term Nootropic was coined by the Romanian chemist and psychologist, Corneliu E. Giurgea in 1972. He used it to describe a new set of molecules that acted selectively towards the brain's higher-level integrative activity. For a product to qualify as a true nootropic, it must fulfill Giurgea's five criteria;
It should aid with working memory and learning
Support brain function under hypoxic conditions
Protect the brain from physical or chemical toxicity
Enhance natural cognitive function
It should be non-toxic to humans, without depression or stimulation of the brain
Worldherbals has an assortment of high-quality cognitive enhancers to help you to use your mind and body to their maximum potential.
Ginkgo Biloba (Maidenhair Tree) – Gingko Biloba is a species of tree native to China and is the only living species in a 290-million-year-old order Ginkgoales. The tree is considered sacred in both Japan and China and used during important rituals and ceremonies. Extracts of Ginkgo are unknown to have positive effects on the brain and can help improve memory and memory processing. Ginkgo is mostly used in form of tea and two cups a day is considered an adequate dose.
Panax Ginseng Extractum – Panax Ginseng is native to Korea, Northeastern China, and far eastern Siberia. The roots of the plant have been used for their medicinal purposes since ancient times. Panax Ginseng can help improve stamina, increase energy, improving memory and cognitive skills. It can be used either by making a tea with the dried roots of the plant or in form extract.
Panax Ginseng should not be confused with other types of ginseng such as American Ginseng, Blue Cohosh, Canaigre, Codonopsis, Eleuthero, or Panax Notoginseng which have completely different effects.
Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) - Gotu Kola, also known as Kodavan, Indian Pennywort, and Asiatic Pennywort is a perennial flowering plant native to the wetlands of Asia. Known as the herb for longevity, Gotu Kola is a staple in Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurvedic medicine that can help increase focus and boost brainpower.
Happy Caps Brain-E – Brain-E is best suited for activities that require you to stay alert and focused for long periods. It helps your mind stay sharp and improves memory such as long study sessions, or for working on your graduation assignment. The main ingredients of Brain-E capsules include Rhodolia rosea extract, L-tryptophan, Choline, DMAE, GABA, Niacin, L-theanine, Caffeine, L-Carnitine, Magnesium stearate, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (vegetarian capsule). One can take 1-2 two capsules 5 minutes before the desired effects are required. It is not advised to exceed the 2 capsules per day dose.
Mindscopic Clear Focus – Mindscopic Clear Focus is a scientifically developed Nootropic designed to help improve your focus, memory, and overall mental performance. The main ingredient in Mindscopic Clear Focus is Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for improving memory. The other ingredients include Rhodiola extracts, L-Theanine, Caffeine, Alpha GPC, Huperzine A, Co-Enzyme NADH, Vitamin B12, B3, and B5, and BioPerine. For best results take 2 capsules in the morning with water. Do not take more than 5 capsules in a day.
Mindscopic Clear Focus (Without Caffeine) – Some users do not enjoy the additional dose of caffeine in Mindscopic Clear Focus. At Worldherbals, we have the without caffeine version of Mindscopic Clear Focus for such users. Just like the caffeinated version, take 2 capsules in the morning and do not exceed more than 5 capsules in a day. Mindscopic Clear Focus should be stored in a cool, dark place at room temperature.
How do Nootropics work?
Nootropics work in more than one way to benefit the brain and improve mental performance;
Affect chemicals in the brain – Certain Nootropics can increase neurotransmitter production in the brain or heighten the receptor sensitivity with less chemical breakdown for better mental performance.
Promote brain wave simulation – Some other Nootropics can promote certain brainwave frequencies which can either send the user in a deep relaxation state or increase attention or focus.
Protective effect – Other Nootropics have a protective effect on the brain. These may contain antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.
Do not use herbal or otherwise Nootropic supplements if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not mix Nootropics with other substances such as alcohol.
If you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure or any heart conditions, consult your healthcare advisor before taking any kind of Nootropic supplements.
Certain Nootropics can be habit-forming, it is best not to use them regularly and certainly not exceed recommended dosage.
Nootropic supplements are in no way a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet, exercise, and proper rest are the way to a healthy mind and body.