What are Nootropics?
Nootropics also known as smart drugs or cognitive enhancers are supplements, or other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals.
This cognitive enhancers one of the most debated topics among neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and physicians which spans a number of issues, including the ethics and fairness of their use. It is said that Students from top university who are taking them tend to out perform their peers both academically and athletically.
Nonetheless, the international sales of cognition-enhancing supplements exceeded US$1 billion in 2015 and the global demand for these compounds is still growing rapidly.
What are the Conditions for an ingredient to be Nootropics?
To get really technical, in order to be a nootropic, a substance must meet five criteria set by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, the man who coined the term “nootropic.” The substance must…
- Enhance memory and ability to learn.
- Help the brain function under disruptive conditions, such as hypoxia (low oxygen) and electroconvulsive shock.
- Protect the brain from chemical and physical assaults, such as anti-cholinergic drugs and barbiturates.
- Increase the efficacy of neuronal firing control mechanisms in cortical and sub-cortical regions of the brain.
- Possess few or no side effects and be virtually non-toxic.
Is it really a Drug?
Normally when you hear the term nootropic kicked around, people really mean a “cognitive enhancer” something that does benefit thinking in some way (improved memory, faster speed-of-processing, increased concentration, or a combination of these, etc.), but might not meet the more rigorous definition above. “Smart drugs” is another largely-interchangeable term.
Are Nootropics bad?
Nootropics can range from innocuous everyday substances like caffeine and Omega-3 fatty acids to regulated substances like Adderall.
The fact is we are already consuming nootropics in our daily Diet without even noticing it.
Are Nootropics addictive?
They are non-addictive. Some nootropics can offer long-term benefits for the brain even after use is discontinued.
Here are some of the reviews from users of Nootropics.