Nootropics: the ultimate brain boost
The term “Nootropic” is a relatively new classification of drugs, supplements or other general substance that specifically improve cognitive functioning. As the world around us seems to move faster and faster, and the demand on our mental performance constantly rises, people have increasingly turned to naturally occurring substances that help us perform better mentally. Designated as the “get smart” wonder compounds, nootropics are gaining interest, most notably, for their ability to help increase memory capacity, memory recall, stress tolerance, relaxation and sleep support. It is important to note that generally nootropics operate outside classic medical intervention techniques and are intended for use in healthy individuals to enhance cognitive function, rather than cure existing abnormalities or issues.
Nootropics have varied and precise actions, that depend not only on specific chemicals used, but also the combination of active compounds that supplements contain. In general, nootropics boost the brains’ natural ability to process information and are used to improve the actual energy within the brain itself. By increasing the energy within the brain several cognitive functions are increased such as: the action of some neurotransmitters, cerebral circulation, cerebral regeneration; and even performing some neuroprotective actions are increased.
The importance of nootropics lies within their ability to directly support neural functioning in the brain. Daily stress and the high demand we constantly place on our cognitive function, creates general inflammation and the production of free radicals within the brain. If we are able to clear the free radicals and also reduce oxidative stress directly within the brain, we find greater ability to not only perform better mentally, but also have more consistent positive cognitive gains. The brain, just like any other organ or muscle, can become fatigued without support, rest and replenishment, so nootropics have a place within all health journeys.
"The sources of nootropics are generally naturally occurring, biologically active chemicals, isolated largely from plants and fungi."
Some of the more common substances used in nootropic supplements are:
- B Vitamins: Cofactors in brain cell energy metabolism and are required for synthesis of dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter
- Lions’ mane: known for enhancing a bright, balanced mood
- L-Tyrosine: enhances working memory and mental performance under stress, and helps restore brain chemicals following stress-induced depletion.
- Rhodiola Rosea: increases brain energy, reduces stress-induced fatigue and enhances memory and learning.
- Gingko Biloba: rich flavonoid resource; important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in the brain
- Bacopa Monnieri: “anti-anxiety stress-buster” that also slows the rate at which we forget new knowledge
- L-Threanine: linked to reduction in stress markers and heart rate; also known for modulating Alpha brainwaves to support anxiety relief. Studies have shown L-threanine improves sleep quality, dream quality, waking energy, mood and recovery.
The Macro Mike Brain Doctor supplement combines all of these common nootropics, with a bunch of other amazing compounds too. We believe the research is clear into what is going to offer the most cognitive support and of course, we want it to taste great too. The best thing about supplementing with nootropics is that the effects are almost instant, and you can expect to feel a surge in energy straight away. We recommend taking brain doctor in the morning, before a workout for intense focus or to pull you out of that 3pm slump!
- Tarfarosh, Tromboo & Bhat (2017); Search for a perfect Nootropic supplement combination – can we increase human intelligence by nutritional supplements? Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2017; 6(5): 1020-1024
- Pranav C. Joshi (2013); A review on natural memory enhancers (nootropics). Unique Journal of Engineering and Advanced Sciences 01(01); Oct-Dec 2013: page 8-18
BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS - WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD WE HAVE THEM?