Suzy Cohen: Nootropics can make you Wordle faster

Suzy Cohen: Nootropics can make you Wordle faster


As I was doing my Wordle this morning, it dawned on me that I was really doing this to grow new brain cells, not because I enjoyed it. The word game is a favorite among those who like to exercise their brain using word games, but it’s not the only way to get smarter. There are other ways to improve cognitive function, gain better sleep, and reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you, too, want to grow a bunch of new neurons, don’t depend entirely on Wordle — or jigsaw puzzles, sudoku or even crosswords! Feed your brain foods and nutrients that are proven to work. Today’s article covers the best known natural nootropic vitamins and herbs.

For example, blueberries contain flavonoids and anthocyanin, which promote neurogenesis. Red grapes (wash them very well) contain quercetin and resveratrol, and both of those compounds feed your brain cells. Walnuts are another, and they help because of the essential fatty acids. Perhaps the most well-known “brain food” is salmon and other wild-caught fatty fish — these help you because they are high in DHA fish oils.

Here are some other natural nootropic compounds that support good memory and recall, and like I always say, please ask your doctor if it’s right for you because these have multiple effects on the body, and some of them adversely interact with other medications and medical conditions.

Lion’s mane: It’s great at making you think faster because it produces more mental energy. Basically it makes me solve problems and do Wordles much faster! I was able to get the word “shawl” on my second attempt! Most of the time it takes me three or four attempts to get the Wordle word. Do you play this, too? It can be maddening at times! This can be purchased at the grocery store or farmer’s market, as a commercial tea or concentrated in dietary supplements.

Green tea or matcha: These drinks provide less caffeine than espresso and coffee, however, it does the same thing. This option provides EGCG, which has anti-tumor activity.

Ginkgo biloba: This natural herb is categorized as a nootrope, but it does so many other good things. It increases dopamine activity and sends more blood to the brain.

Bacopa monnieri: This herb has been studied quite a bit, especially for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, dementia, anxiety and epilepsy. Besides being a fabulous neuron antioxidant, it increases acetylcholine activity and reduces beta-amyloid formation.

Acetyl L Carnitine: This anti-aging smart pill is a natural amino acid, and it’s a precursor to acetylcholine. You’ll find it as a dietary supplement at health food stores. It seems to work better when combined with other brain-nourishing supplements.

Phosphatidylserine: Phosphatidylserine is a well-studied nootropic found in sunflower seeds and soybeans. You’d have to eat bucketfuls on a daily basis, so people purchase dietary supplements of this. It also helps with sleep.

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