Does it feel like everything in life is measured?
It comes down to a final exam in school, the last shot in a game, a deadline at work, and the famous hail mary toss to win a game. Almost everything comes down to performance. Only if there was a magic pill like in the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper. All his character had to do is take a pill and learn whatever he wanted and become whatever he wanted, but of course there is a price (great movie by the way). Well, what if I told you there are certain plants and herbs that you can include in your healthy diet and reap the rewards of improve brain function, enhance memory, increase energy, decrease anxiety, and combat stress…would you be interested!?!
I am talking about Nootropics “The Brain Enhancer”.
Before I continue and you start trolling the internet, there are pretty much TWO types of nootropics. Man-made which are usually perceptions to reduce symptoms for ADHD, anxiety, depression and there are all natural plant based nootropics that have been used around the world for centuries for either medicinal purposes or incorporated daily in a balance healthy diet to improve overall brain function and performance. If you have been looking for supplements or foods that will help improve brain function, then most likely you have come across the word Nootropics.
Nootropics have received a lot of attention lately. Not all nootropics are created equal though. Once nootropics where classified as a natural substances that help improve brain function and leaving the brain healthy. Now, nootropics are more classified as man-made or natural that gives the brain a temporary boost in performance regardless of risk. So since the term has blew up and everyone is interested, it seems like anything can be a nootropic. Here is a list of some (not all) healthy nootropics that could improve brain function:
- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in Omega-3s is a primary structural component of the brain that helps/involved with memory, attention, judgement, creativity, emotion, and language.
- Curcumin is an extract of turmeric and is an excellent antioxidant that can improve memory and concentration by increasing blood flow to the brain.
- Bacopa Monnieri is an ancient herb used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance brain function, reduce reaction times, and improve memory.
- Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical and most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world that increases alertness and reduces reaction time.
- L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea that can increase feelings of calmness. Research shows that Its effectiveness is greater when combined with caffeine.
- Gingko Biloba improves memory and has a ton of research on aging adults
- Panax Ginseng reduces blood glucose levels and increases cognitive performance
- Rhodiola reduces mental fatigue, improves mood, and enhances physical performance
- Creatine is not just for “gym rats” and gaining strength and muscle mass. Creatine has been shown to help improve short-term memory.
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom helps control anxiety, depression, and improves cognitive health
What Are Nootropics the “Smart Drugs” https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326379.php
What is Curcumin? https://examine.com/supplements/curcumin/
Examining the nootropic effects of a special extract of Bacopa monniera on human cognitive functioning: 90 day double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18683852
The Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushroom https://www.verywellmind.com/the-benefits-of-lions-mane-89474
Single doses of Panax ginseng reduce blood glucose levels and improve cognitive performance during sustained mental activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982990
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): An Ancient Nutrient for the Modern Human Brain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257695/
Specific memory effects of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 in middle-aged healthy volunteers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21802920
The influence of creatine supplementation on the cognitive functioning of vegetarians and omnivores. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21118604
The Effects of Rhodiola rosea L. Extract on Anxiety, Stress, Cognition and Other Mood Symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26502953