What are Nootropics?

17th Jul 2019

What are Nootropics?

As physical and mental ailments continue to be a part of day to day life, more consumers are shying away from pharmaceuticals in favor of alternative methods to help alleviate them. Whether you're looking to improve your focus and productivity in your work or studies, or just trying to manuever and manage the stresses of living in a modern world, nootropics can have a huge appeal. Nootropics bring the promise of improved health, relaxation, and more control over our bodies. What are they, and do they really work?

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are substances that enhance cognition and brain function. They increase focus, boost learning and memory. In short, nootropics improve overall brain health. Various types of nootropics include herbs, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and psychedelics. While some of these provide short-term brain enhancement, lasting only a few hours, others help to support cognitive health and performance long-term, especially if taken regularly over the course of weeks, and even months. So how do they work?

How do they work?

Nootropics work in a variety of ways within the body, all of which help to impact brain function. They support the production of cellular energy in neurons and brain cells. By doing so, this improves brain energy overall and allows for the individual to improve focus and productivity. Nootropics also work to maintain brain blood flow by dilating small arteries and veins in the brain, allowing for ketones (chemicals produced in your liver from fats), glucose (sugars) and oxygen to reach the brain.

Some nootropics affect serotonin and dopamine production, as well as other chemicals in the brain that regulate mood. Doing so aids in the reduction of stress and anxiety, and helps to eliminate toxins from the brain, which then reduces brain inflammation. This reduction in inflammation allows new brain connections to grow and allows for the brain to maintain neurons.

The Benefits of Nootropics

Boost Learning & Memory

Historically, nootropics were taken by those suffering memory loss due to ageing. In today's society, they're taken to improve performance and memory in work and studies. Examples of these types of nootropics include DHA (fish oil) and vitamin B6.

Improve Focus

In a society full of technology, it might be difficult to keep the brain focused on a single task. Nootropics work to aid the brain in the ability to concentrate on a single task while ignoring the surrounding environmental intrusions. This can help individuals prone to high levels of anxiety. An example of this type of nootropic is found in green tea.

Improve Brain Energy

Without the proper energy, brain functions slow down. Nootropics help to stimulate energy production within brain cells of the frontal cortex and throughout the central nervous system. Examples of these types of nootropics include caffeine and creatine (commonly used by athletes).

Improve Overall Mood

How we feel impacts our performance. A poor mood often means low productivity, less stress resistance and slower brain circulation. Nootropics improve overall mood, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and reduce insomnia. Examples of these types of nootropics include green tea (which contains amino acid), St John's Wort and Lion's Mane.

Increase Stress Resilience

Stress impacts every part of our body and can cause a series of other ailments if unmanaged. It impacts our mental performance as well. This is why stress management is a key part of any lifestyle. Examples of these types of nootropics include dark chocolate, blueberries, strawberries and kale, which are all high antioxidant foods.

Neuro Protection

It's never too early to start taking better care of your brain, especially since it naturally declines as we age. Nootropics have been shown to offer neuroprotective effects when taken long-term, potentially reducing neurodegenerative diseases. An example of this type of nootropic can be found in huperzine A, a naturally occuring alkaloid compound.

Potential Risks of Nootropics

While nootropic supplements, vitamins and herbs are generally safe if the recommended doses are followed, it's important to be aware that not all products are the same. Nootropics are not regulated by the FDA, so it's important to buy from a reputable brand or company.

It's also important to recognize that regular use of certain nootropics can cause a tolerance buildup, and therefore reduce the effectiveness of them. This is commonly seen with the use of caffeine. Over time, higher amounts are needed to create the same impact on the body.

This doesn't mean that all nootropics cause a buildup of tolerance. Any nootropics like antioxidants and vitamins do not lose their effects over time. It's important to rotate your nootropics or take the minimal dosage to help the body reset and maintain effectiveness on the brain and body. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle will also aid in the effectiveness of nootropics.

The Nootropics We Carry

Here at The Herbal Place, we currently carry three types of premium nootropics supplements, which contain the most effective all natural ingredients on the market. These ingredients were tirelessly sourced for quality and thoroughly researched to ensure the most effective formula.

Noorologix

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Noorologix is a premium nootropic supplement that provides an elegant blend of sensations including euphoria, relaxation, energy and focus. Whether you're having a rough week and just can't make it until the weekend or just want to kick back and relax, Noorologix is the perfect mood enhancer. It takes your focus to the next level allowing for better studies and improved memory. Noorologix also aids in stress management and provides the energy you need to get you through your day.

Kava Bliss

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Our kava is 100% pure noble kava root, certified from the islands of Fiji and Vanuatu. We then utilize a proprietary extraction process to ensure the most potent and concentrated kava at over 72% kavalactone, which is the active ingredient in Kava Bliss. By ingesting a few capsules, you will experience a level of relaxation and clear headedness unlike other nootropics. Kava Bliss also offers a mild feeling of euphoria, making it perfect for those experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. Kava is a potent anti-inflammatory and helps promote healthy sleep cycles. The effects of Kava Bliss are temporary, allowing you to take this supplement daily and improve health over time without any negative long-term mind altering effects.

The Hammer

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Become a god among men with the Hammer, a dietary supplement that naturally promotes an enhanced state of sexual performance. This nootropic is all natural, long lasting, safe and effective. Increase stamina and sexual performance in 30 minutes. The Hammer should only be taken when needed and lasts up to 72 hours, so there's no immediate rush to take more between doses.

No matter which nootropic you consume, whether it be from the foods you eat or from supplements, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Doing so may mean that you have to make lifestyle changes as our lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our state of mind, but I can assure you, they will be well worth it!