How Do Nootropics Work
If you wish you could improve your memory, concentration and focus, or simply get that extra ‘mental edge’, you should really take look at natural nootropic supplements…
If you are a keen sports person, or a regular gym goer who finds it hard to concentrate when tackling gruelling workouts, or if you are a student struggling to learn and concentrate while revising for exams, nootropics can help and support you..Maybe you are a workplace professional with a demanding job or schedule….. using nootropics can boost your creativity and help you keep one step ahead of the game..
The choice however is quite confusing, with literally thousands of products out there, with some manufacturers making quite wild, overhyped claims about their products effectiveness and how they work to boost your mental performance…
In general, nootropics tackle the way that messages and thoughts are passed through the receptors in the brain by boosting the effectiveness of certain neurotransmitters…. there are many different types of both receptors and neurotransmitters, and each type have different actions and the better they perform, the better our overall cognitive function..
Here Are The Four Key Areas That Nootropics Target
The Glutamatic System
This system is the brains most common neurotransmitter, its responsible for both our everyday thoughts, learning and memory, plus the maintenance of our overall brain health.. in order to function correctly, we need to maintain the correct levels of Glutamate… (Brain disease such as Alzheimers are linked to increased levels of glutamate)… Certain nootropics (such as Ampakines) are known for their ability to stimulate the glutamate receptor, helping to control glutamate production and helping to boost memory, focus and our capacity to learn
Dopamine And Seratonin
Known as the “feel good hormones”, both serotonin and dopamine work to support our moods, memory and focus, nootropics that target these areas can be excellent at helping us feel better about ourselves, increasing positivity as well a support healthy brain functioning..Some prescription type nootropics that target these areas however, can be quite powerful and in some cases even addictive, so care should be taken, and we recommend taking natural supplements instead..
The Cholinergic System and Acetylcholine
Acetylcholine is a crucial neurotransmitter that is pivotal in many brain functions including our learning, focus, memory, decision making, and our sensory perception..
This system contains both muscarinic and nicotinic receptors which are especially useful when learning new information, or understanding concepts…
Our Brain Cells
A main area where nootropics help is by reducing the oxidative stress caused to our brain cells by everyday toxins ( known as free radicals)..this slows and reduces the performance and regeneration of our brain cells, sometimes causing that all too familiar ‘brain fog’…. by targeting and removing these toxins, a good nootropic will help our brain function at its peak..
Are Natural Nootropic Supplements Safe?
Nootropic Side Effects
A very common question, asked by many people before buying nootropics or in fact any type of supplement… and its always worth asking as there is always the possible risk of side effects when you take any type of medicine, or supplement, wether its man made or natural….
The great news is that Nootropics are amongst the most studied and most recognised forms of supplements… and far from causing any nasty side effects, can actually improve the health of our brain and boost our well being… The official stance is that in order to be classed as a nootropic, it needs to be non-toxic…
This does mean that some ‘so called’ nootropics are not actually that…. certain drug based brain boosting compounds including Ritalin, Noopept, Piracetam, Aniracetam and Adderall are all prime examples.. although prescribed by doctors they are chemical drugs, not natural and can cause side effects that can include ( but not limited to):
- Stomach Problems
- Problems Sleeping
Natural nootropics help to naturally and safely reinforce and boost the strength and functionality of our brain cells, help and support nerve growth, and also help to create new neurons and essential neutron connections..
Potential Side Effects Of Natural Nootropics
While most good natural nootropics are completely side effect free there are a few things to keep in mind…. mild headaches can be a common issue in some users, especially when starting to take these supplements…. it’s simply because the brain is working harder than its used to and is demanding increasing amounts of acetylcholine….these usually disappear quite quickly as the body gets used to the supplement and the increased brain power..
There are some other problems that can affect users in very rare cases, especially at first, or when increasing the dose, these can include insomnia, anxiety, and fatigue.. but as above, these tend to disappear quite quickly…..
One thing to bear in mind.. as nootropics increase your brain function, try and not to take them too late in the day, as the increased brain activity could potentially cause you problems sleeping..
The brain is our most powerful organ in our body….and yet for many people is the most overlooked…Taking a good natural nootropic is a risk free, safe and easy way to give you that ‘mental edge’, and at the same time give your brain health the boost it needs…