You may have already heard of nootropics, as they have been steadily growing in popularity for a number of years now. Lots of claims are made about nootropics, both for and against them. As always, working out what nootropics are capable of, what they do and what their limitations are is important if you are going to get the most out of them.
But how is the beginner supposed to know where to begin with nootropics? It’s a jungle out there for the newbie, with different advice and conflicting information abound. This guide aims to arm the beginner with everything they need to know in order to dive into the world of nootropics.
What Are Nootropics?
Nootropics are substances that are purported to offer various benefits for the user’s cognitive functioning. You can either take nootropics individually or in different combinations. These combinations are known as stacks. Stacks can deliver multiple nootropics in the form of a pill, a liquid or a capsule.
There are numerous recommendations available online for different combinations that you can stack together, so you can experiment until you find one right for you. You can always customize it further if you want to. There are no dangerous interactions between known nootropics, but you should always do your research first.
Nootropics are often known as ‘smart drugs’, although most users object to the term ‘drug’. However, this is an accurate description of what nootropics claim to be. Nootropics gained a boost in popularity since the movie Limitless, in which Bradley Cooper was able to unlock the full potential of his brain with a nootropic called NZT. Just like NZT from the movie Limitless, nootropics are purported to improve the functioning of the user’s brain without affecting their perceptions.
Some nootropics definitely work and their effects are backed up by solid science. However, the quality of evidence for different effects of different nootropics can vary considerably. The best thing you can do in this regard is to check out any claims you see being made for yourself. With nootropics, as with all things, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Before you introduce any nootropic into your diet, make sure to carefully research the effects and any negative interactions it might have with other medications you are taking. You shouldn't use nootropics in place of medicines prescribed by a doctor.
What Benefits Can They Offer?
Many nootropics support the production of energy within brain cells. By catalyzing processes in the brain, nootropics can improve cognitive functioning when attempting a variety of different tasks. If you find that you are regularly feeling fatigued and slow mentally, nootropics can help to pull you out of that rut.
Our brains are complicated machines that require a lot of different hormone neurotransmitters to be present in the right concentrations in order to function properly. There is some evidence that certain nootropics can help to restore the balance between these different chemicals and improve memory, processing and mood.
Another key benefit of some nootropics is their ability to assist the brain in cellular regeneration. Nootropics are also useful in improving the brain’s self-maintenance. This should, in theory, improve overall cognitive functioning and could theoretically protect against some types of brain disease associated with old age.
Nootropics can be very useful substances, but it is important for users to manage their expectations. The effects of nootropics can be powerful and can go a long way in restoring balance in some people’s brains. However, it’s unlikely you’ll develop quasi-superpowers like in Limitless! As long as you know what to expect, nootropics can be great.