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What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are natural supplements, seeking to improve cognitive function & heighten mood. They can help you focus, improve memory, creativity, and motivation; and potentially relieve stress and anxiety.

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Frequently asked questions
  • Nootropics are supplements that are used to boost the cognitive abilities and the brain functioning of individuals. Since there are many different ways that the brain functions, there is no way to accurately sum up what all nootropics do, as some of them will impact learning, others will impact cognition, and others may impact memory. There are different types of nootropics, ranging from natural substances that are sold over the counter to prescription nootropics that can only be used for certain medical conditions. There are also synthetic nootropics that are synthesised in labs. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be referring to natural nootropics that require no prescription. Natural nootropics tend to be far safer than synthetic ones because they have less of a potential for abuse and they typically don’t have negative side effects unless they’re consumed in large amounts. Nootropics research has increased dramatically in recent years because of the demand for “brain booster” supplements.

  • Adaptogens are a range of supplements that are typically derived from plants and are non-toxic and edible. In many cases, these supplements are extracted from plants in the form of an oil or a powder, but that isn’t always the case. It’s possible that an adaptogen is also the plant itself, being consumed directly. One of the main things that adaptogens are known for is being able to help the body maintain a state of homeostasis, which is the state in which our body remains balanced. They help us stay balanced in many ways, but the most common benefit of using adaptogens is that they help us adapt to factors that stress us. An adaptogen helps ensure that we remain as healthy as possible by making our systems and our minds stronger. By making our bodies stronger and less susceptible to stress, an adaptogen can help reduce the negative effects that stress can have on our bodies, having a healthier overall effect.

  • One of the first things that you’ll need to consider is that every adaptogen is different, so it’s not easy to predict whether or not they’ll have an immediate effect. Many adaptogens have an effect that is sub-perceptible when you first start taking them, so you’ll have to be patient to see any changes. This is because most of the studies that are conducted on adaptogens take place over an extended period of time. In many cases, study participants will be given a certain amount of a specific adaptogen over the course of 30 to 90 days, and their reactions will be monitored using different scales. It’s likely that you’ll start to feel some effects of your adaptogen within the first month of taking it, and some adaptogens may even be felt within the first week. However, this also goes both ways, as some adaptogens can take you up to two or three months before you’ll start feeling them.

  • There are a few key differences between nootropics and adaptogens, and the main one is in what each of them intends to accomplish. A nootropic seeks to boost brain function like memory, cognition, concentration, alertness, creativity, and attention. On the other hand, adaptogens are designed to help us deal with stressors. While nootropics may indirectly help us deal with stress and anxiety, they will only do so because we will perform better and won’t have to deal with external factors related to poor performance. On the other hand, an adaptogen will tackle the stress and anxiety that we feel directly. Another thing to consider is the way that nootropics and adaptogens work on a biological level. Adaptogens interact with the HPA, but nootropics have a wide range of different mechanisms that they work through. This is due to the sheer variety of nootropics that are available compared to adaptogens.

  • L-theanine can be found in nootropics, and it can help improve your focus. This ingredient can also be consumed in tea form, as most people can have L-theanine benefits by drinking over 20mg-50mg of L-theanine or drinking green tea or black tea. Based on a 2012 study, it was reported that people tend to consume black tea during the morning. This was because the L-theanine positively impacted their ability to focus and become more attentive at work. During this study, they found that people who consumed 20-30 (stat find) L-theanine was able to reduce the number of mistakes made on heavy attention tasks. Comparatively, the L-theanine test subjects performed better than the placebo subjects, meaning that L-theanine is great for enhancing one’s focus throughout the day.

  • Creativity is accessed when the mind is able to make new solutions or outcomes. This is when your mind produces the least cortisol, which makes you become stressed. By using ingredients such as Bacopa Monnieri and Lion’s Mane, one can unlock new areas of creativity. Bacopa Monnieri is used to help get into the “creative flow state.” This 12-week study had over 46 healthy adults take over 300 mg of Bacopa Monnieri a day. By the end of the study, those who took the ingredient had a faster visual processing speed than the placebo group, showing that it does aid in boosting your creative function. Lion's Mane ingredient helps with creativity and can be consumed in mushroom powder form. When consumed, it helps lower depression and anxiety levels, which helps keep a positive and happy mood. People who have a low mood have had difficulty with creativity, so using both Bacopa Monnieri and Lion’s Mane can help with increasing intuition and creative skills.

  • Caffeine is a nootropic ingredient that’s usually found in tea. Its main benefit is that it can block receptors adenosine and prevent the user from getting into a state of drowsiness. Since it helps the nervous system and brain function, it will help you become more productive and engaged during lengthy tasks. Coffee contains over 102-200 mg of caffeine per cup. A study proved that caffeinated products and beverages enhance working memory and sustained attention, making them a good nootropic for busy people or need an extra kick to their productive juices. You can also use Rhodiola Rosea to become more productive and regulate your depression levels. This six-week study showed that two groups that received 680 mg of Rhodiola helped improve their depression levels than the placebo group. Rhodiola Rosea works with the neurotransmitters of your brain. The study mentioned above showed that it could aid in fixing your depression levels, insomnia, and emotional stability. That’s why Rhodiola and Caffeine are great tools if you want a more productive workflow.

  • Many adaptogens are touted as being able to help you manage your stress, and one of the most popular options is ashwagandha, which is a ground root that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. This study shows that ashwagandha is able to help its users reduce their cortisol levels when taking 300 mg of the supplement per day. Rhodiola rosea is yet another herb that is typically used to reduce stress in its users, and this is also backed up by science. For example, this study showed that rhodiola rosea was able to reduce the stress that its users experienced immediately and that it lasted for a period of about five hours. Schisandra chinensis has also been shown to help combat stress, and this one is interesting because it can be used in tandem with rhodiola rosea to also help reduce mental fatigue. This study shows that s. chinensis can help reduce the amount of stress-related depression that a study participant experiences.

  • There are many adaptogens that are able to help us sleep, but once again, ashwagandha is a popular choice because of the large body of research on it compared to other adaptogens. For example, this study determined that ashwagandha can notably improve the duration and quality of an individual’s sleep. While studies have yet to be conducted on humans, studies on mice have shown that reishi mushrooms are another adaptogen that is able to help promote quality sleep. This occurs due to a reaction in the gut bacteria of mice that promotes serotonin production, which is a key neurotransmitter in regulating sleep cycles. Throughout history, valerian root has been considered one of the best traditional medicines for helping individuals get to sleep and deal with insomnia. This review has shown that valerian root has a significant impact on an individual’s ability to get to sleep with relative ease and have quality rest.

  • Adaptogens are plants that help regulate your hormone responses. Anxiety is caused due to an imbalance within your hormones, making it harder for you to think clearly or become happy. Research shows that Adaptogens can reduce levels of mild to severe anxiety. And it can be used for stress management. Ashwagandha is an ingredient used to combat damage in your body caused by stress, allowing you to have a better mood overall and making you more responsive to daily issues in life. One study proved that Ashwagandha had been used to reduce mental and physical damage induced by stress. Test subjects that were taken over 300 mg of Ashwagandha two times a day felt less anxious than the placebo group. Cortisol is released when your brain is processing stress. This study showed that Ashwagandha would help lower cortisol levels, blocking the hormone from making feelings of anxiety worse. Through adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, you can balance your anxiety and protect your body from stress.

  • Your brain cells can grow based on how well they can make new neurons. The brain cells begin to grow once its embryo starts to develop. Then it grows into adulthood, and this is where your brain can reach its peak. The use of adaptogens will keep the brain cells in good shape. Adaptogens help your brain's central nervous system. You can use Turmeric and Omega-3 fatty acids. Turmeric is scientifically able to prevent ageing and improve your heart health. It used as an antioxidant and inflammatory. Using omega-3 fatty acids can play an important role in your brain cell growth and cognitive function. Diseases such as Alzheimer's are a common form of dementia that impairs your brains cell creation, slowing down your brain's speed and growth. With another study that lasted for 24 weeks, Adaptopens such as omega-3 can perform better on learning tests. It will help your brain prevent brain decline, which can occur more often in older adults. So using adaptogens is a great tool in getting your brain cells growing and stopping memory loss.

  • ADHD can be difficult because it can affect your ability for self-control and attention. The main benefit of nootropics is that it helps people with ADHD stay focused and make less impulsive decisions. Nootropics such a B-vitamin Complex can aid with people that have ADHD. One of their main benefits is the ability to help with neuroprotection, synthesis and release, and brain signalling. A person who has ADHD will be more attentive and engaged with these benefits. The easiest way to consume nootropics for ADHD is in capsule or powder form. For example, using stimulant drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin to help ones with ADHD remain focused and correct other behavioural issues. For example using Piracetam is a great nootropic for ADHD as it was made to boost your memory and increase your reasoning capacity. With the help of that and Citicoline, your mind will have better memory which helps with learning and keeping people with ADHD’s hyperactivity under control.

  • Nootropics are commonly used to improve the amount of energy that users have available, and the most common one is caffeine. While it’s used very commonly and not associated with most other nootropics, caffeine is indeed a nootropic because of how it impacts our mind and our perceived energy levels. As we mentioned earlier, L-theanine is another great nootropic if you’re looking to increase your energy levels. Studies have shown that combining L-theanine with caffeine will allow you to improve the amount of energy that you have available while also improving your mood and cognitive abilities. Citicoline is yet another nootropic that has been shown to improve energy levels, making it a great choice for a long work day or an extended study session. This study was conducted using phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and it found that the substance is able to enhance bioenergetics in the frontal lobe.