- 1 Introduction to Natural Brain Supplements
- 2 Why Take Them?
- 3 1. Productivity & Motivation
- 4 2. Focus & Memory
- 5 3. Our Mood
- 6 4. Sleep Improvement
- 7 5. Brain Health
Introduction to Natural Brain Supplements
Let’s start with a brief description of what nootropics or natural brain supplements are. First, they are substances, other cognitive enhancers, but mostly they are supplements that improve our energy, our focus, our motivation and even creativity. So why take natural brain supplements? I think I just answered that one. People take them to increase their cognitive performance in the areas mentioned above. Simple.
If you are reading this text and are just learning about nootropics then you are going to hear this word mentioned a lot. It is important to know the definition of cognitive and the dictionary defines cognitive below.
of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (such as thinking, reasoning, or remembering)
Nootropics aren’t a new thing, but in recent years they have actually been very exciting with plenty to think about. There are a few reasons why nootropics are becoming more of a household word.
- The vast majority of nootropics are 100% natural product that leaves little or no side-effects
- Not only do nootropics give you a quick boost when you need it, but now many are proving to have positive long-lasting effects on our brain.
- Nootropics give you a bit of an extra performance boost in many areas
In general, nootropics actual changes in our brains to help improve cognitive function. I must say this, however. To get the most out of these supplements, you have to be fairly healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle. Nootropics aren’t something to take to fix you if you are already living a poor lifestyle. So combining them with good daily physical activity, plenty of sleep, and a healthy diet you can achieve maximum benefits from taking them.
So who takes nootropics? Well, again that’s simple. Just about everyone can and do. Students who want to excel at their best, athletes who want to perform at their best without using illegal performance-enhancing substances, professionals in business. The vast majority of people who can take nootropics are people who want to add something to a healthy lifestyle.
So we’ve gone over in general what nootropics are, but Let’s go over quickly what they are not. This is important because of our quick fix, want a high, want something else to do it for me attitude these days. Nootropics are not:
- A magic pill or pills that will make you more intelligent (increase IQ)
- something you can pop anytime you want. There are guidelines in place
- an alternative to a healthy lifestyle. I say lifestyle because a healthy lifestyle is what we all need anyway.
Why Take Them?
Some nootropics can give you a quick but temporary quick burst of what you need. If you use them regularly for a long period you will see a dramatic improvement.
Now, because researchers are discovering new things about nootropics all the time, debunking a few things, my list of specific reasons we should take them can change in the future.
1. Increased Productivity and Motivation
This is a big one and one big reason a lot of people take nootropics. They can increase your motivation, increase your focus, and improve your mood. With a better mood comes a lot of other improvements including overall productivity. This is probably the main reason why many entrepreneurs, high-level business people, students etc, use nootropics.
2. Improved Mood
People with anxiety and everyone who suffers from anxiety from time to time will benefit from taking nootropics. You will find yourself relaxed more than ever and your overall life will improve greatly.
3. Improved Memory and Focus
Nootropics can and do directly influence your memory and focus. Short term memory is one area that nootropics help. As we get older we tend to forget what we came into the room for. Taking these supplements greatly improves this and short term memory overall.
4. Improved Sleep Patterns
Sleep issues are on the rise in the last decade and continue to increase. There are a lot of demands on our lives whether it is career related, family related, or just self-pressure related. We don’t seem to be willing to address these problems in society and the result is a huge part of our population is sleep deprived. Nootropics and there are several of them have the ability to improve your sleep quality because of the anxiety that leaves us awake.
Now let’s dive a bit deeper into this list and expand each one of them
1. Productivity & Motivation
Short Bursts of Intense Brain Power
In everyone’s’ daily lives there is the regular routines, the ones that don’t even raise our heart rate and we go about themalmost on autopilot. Then there are the unexpected ones that increase your intensity. You know the ones that tend to frazzle you? You still need to perform and you need a way to do it fast. In my off time I am heavily involved in managing a soccer team and just when I think I can relax, something drops on my plate that needs a solution fast, like in an hour.
These situations can defeat you and you may find you have nothing left to give and you simply can’t get it done.
There are nootropics that can help in those cases. They provide a cognitive boost (there’s that word again) that allows you to get control and manage your situation.
Other situations related to this such as student exams can be managed by these supplements as well.
Long periods of productive work
The other side of the coin is the long-lasting nootropic effect. Most of our work is done with intensity over a longer period.
There are nootropic stacks developed specifically for this type of work. If you are in the middle of a project and it’s going to take a long time with a lot of concentration, there are nootropics for you.
2. Focus & Memory
How is our memory? Not bad. Everyone has a great memory for something but poor memory for something else. We are all different, but nootropics can help every one of us.
Alpha GPC and other Cholines (that I wrote about in an earlier post)are there for our long and short term memory as well as other things, but their main purpose is memory and focus.
3. Our Mood
caffeine/L-theanine are two very popular nootropics that have been proven to provide benefits such as a better mood.
4. Sleep Improvement
The nootropics we are concerned with here are Gaba (an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system), Melatonin (a hormone, produced by the pineal gland among other locations, which regulates wakefulness), and magnesium.
When taking these nootropics people report being much more relaxed which allows your brain to relax and you get better and deeper sleep. With a relaxed mind if you suffer from nightmares they may weaken or be fewer and fewer. With a better sleep, you naturally perform better the next day and have better behaviours as well.
5. Brain Health
Taking care of our brains should be a high priority in our lives, but we naturally and probably in some cases naively treat it poorly. There are a variety of nootropics that can provide support and improve our overall brain health