What constitutes a Nootropic?
Are you in a situation wherein no matter how much you exercise, eat healthily, and sleep well, you still struggle to focus and motivate yourself?
If yes, maybe be you are in the right place to find a solution.
Have you ever heard about Smart Drugs? It might sound like a magic pill to you, maybe you are thinking in that movie with Bradley Cooper that you saw with your friend no so long ago, where they use a "pill" to be a genius.
Well, Nootropics could help you out of your situation by enhancing your thought process, boosting your memory, and making you more creative and productive. Keep reading and learn the basics of Nootropics.
What do Nootropics mean?
The word nootropic is derived from the Greek words noos, meaning mind, and trope, meaning turning. In essence, nootropic performs one function: they “turn” your mind to boost your cognitive abilities and make your mental state better in some way, shape, or form.
There is no universally accepted set of formal criteria for what qualifies as a Nootropic. Any substance to be called a nootropic, it must:
- Enhance memory and learning ability,
- Help the brain function under disruptive conditions,
- Protect the brain from harmful chemical damage,
- Improve neuronal firing mechanisms, and
- Lack of any sedative, stimulant, or toxic effects.
In general, a substance can be called a nootropic if it grants the user more control over their neurochemistry and the resulting behavioral and experiential outcomes.
Keep in mind that nootropics are not vitamins or minerals. They’re not essential to your body’s functions. They’re “add-ons” in that you use them and you feel better, but if you don’t, it’s not like your body is lacking anything otherwise required. We do advocate getting the proper amount of essential nutrients, and minerals as a starting point to improved cognitive health.
What constitutes Nootropics?
Nootropics, also known as ‘brain boosters,’ ‘brain supplements’ or ‘cognitive enhancers’ are made up of a variety of artificial and natural compounds. These compounds help in enhancing the cognitive activities of the brain by regulating or altering the production of neurochemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain. It improves blood flow, stimulates neurogenesis (the process by which neurons are produced in the body by neural stem cells), enhances nerve growth rate, modifies synapses, and improves cell membrane fluidity. Thus, positive changes are created within your body, which helps you to function optimally irrespective of your current lifestyle and individual needs.
Every year, more and more people are becoming interested in Smart Drugs. Students, professionals, athletes, and many others to be more productive, think sharper, and feel better. A 2014 study done in the U.S. revealed that more than 18% of juniors, sophomores, and seniors at Ivy League colleges did use a brain stimulant at least once during their academic years.
Today, the nootropic drug industry is rapidly evolving, by catering to a wide user base that needs these drugs for a variety of reasons. Nootropics are also being taken in combination with natural supplements to enhance their potency.
After understanding what a nootropic is, the next question that you may want to ask is, “How do they work?”
Every nootropic affects your body in a different way. One thing that we want to note is that nootropics are a very subjective experience, and although one person may have great results with a particular nootropic, another person may have no result when using that same nootropic.
The goal of taking nootropics is simply to obtain specific desirable cognitive effects. It’s important to know how (and how often) you take nootropics will affect your outcomes.
Your brain chemistry and certain chemical compounds interact in complex ways, and so the same substance taken at different doses or at different times can lead to different effects.