Mind & Soul

This May Unlock Your Mind’s True Potential

If you could get a one up on everyone, would you?

In our work-obsessed culture, we’re always looking for a way to increase our productivity and focus. With Americans working harder and longer, it’s become almost an obsession for us to find the next best thing to give us an edge. If you could take a pill every day that would help you improve your mind and your performance, would you? Here is where nootropics may be able to help.

What are nootropics?

The term “nootropics” was coined by Romanian chemist, Corneliu Giurgea, to describe compounds that could enhance or ‘turn the mind’. It’s been difficult to determine specifically what criteria is used to determine what is and isn’t a nootropic, but Dr. Giurgea had a definition that continues to be used today.

In order for something to be considered a nootropic, it had to follow these criteria:

  • Enhance memory and learning ability
  • Improve how the neurons in the brain fire
  • Lack any toxic or negative effects
  • Protect the brain from harmful chemical damages, which ties into the lacking toxic effects
  • Help the brain function under stressful conditions

What are they really?

We can tell you what they aren’t. Nootropics are not medicine. The best term would be ‘enhancers’. They help enhance and improve your mind when you’re healthy. In terms of what a nootropic covers? Nootropics have a fairly broad range. However, most people seek out nootropics for these reasons:

  1. Overall productivity
  2. Socializing
  3. Exercise
  4. Mental Health

So how can they work for me?

Each individual reacts to medicines and substances differently, so the same logic can be applied to nootropics. Depending on the amount and how long you take these supplements, the effect on the mind and body will vary. There is no one size fits all method when it comes to figuring out dosage and frequency of taking nootropics. Some experimentation might have to happen before you land on the right amount to take to get the full benefits of the supplement.

Stacking different nootropics can help to enhance their effects. However, you must make sure that you do research prior to playing around with different types of enhancers. Never exceed dosages and make sure that you monitor how your body reacts to the different nootropics.

What should I be concerned about?

We all want to get ahead and give our brains a boost. Improving cognitive abilities using nootropics can be a great way to get a leg up. However, there might be some dangerous side effects in certain nootropics to worry about. Each nootropic has a unique set of possible side effects. So, when you are shopping around, make sure to do your research before making a purchase.

Another thing to worry about is what ingredients are being used in the nootropics you’re looking for. Nootropics are generally classified as dietary supplements. As a result, they do not have to meet FDA standards before distributing the product. There’s no way to really know what you are getting with certain products. Throw in how common it is to stack or combine nootropics and things can get complicated. Make sure you look at the ingredients list and dosage before you commit yourself to taking a nootropic regularly.

The Takeaway

Nootropics have been in the media in recent years for their cognitive effect on the mind. However, they will not make you superhuman. Their effects are more subtle. However, if you can find the right combination of these enhancers that will make you feel more focused and productive, then the work is already done. Always keep in mind that these supplements will not revolutionize your mind but, if used properly, will be able to help you reach your potential.

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