The facts about Nootropics

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The truth about Nootropics

According to the definition, a nootropic stimulates the memory and improves concentration and while, while being neuroprotective. In the same time, nootropics must be nontoxic, stimulant and cause no side effects (or minimal).

Nootropics appeared in 1972 when a drug called Piracetam showed remarkable properties. An ingredient that can enhance cognition will improve memory functions, perception, communication, psychomotor functions and executive functions. A heightened ability to process information and recall facts come also with the package.

What does “nootropic actually mean?

This made-up word gives a suitable meaning to nootropics due to combining and resuming what these cognitive enhancers really do.

“nous” = “thought”, “understanding” or” mind”

“tropos”=”to turn towards”

Nootropics are drugs used to treat a number of diseases and disorders, such as dementia, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity or aging. Alzheimer or Parkinson’s patients also benefit from cognitive enhancers.

The main difference between a cognitive enhancer and a nootropic

  • Even though different supplements, foods or drugs are a cognitive enhancers, not all the cognitive enhancer are a part of nootropics.
  • A cognitive enhancer will stimulate the brain and force improved mental abilities, while a nootropic protects the brain and boosts its capacity.
  • Adderall, amphetamines, Ritalin or modafinil will give more energy, but don’t have any neuroprotective benefits.

Benefits of nootropics

  • Increase cerebral circulation which determines a better blood flow that delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain
  • Raise ATP levels in the brain.
  • Support neural activity in the parts of the brain that affect memory and learning
  • Inhibit certain enzymes or hormones that can break down neurotransmitters
  • Boost levels of acetylcholine that is a substance responsible for a higher cognitive function.
  • The substance must be able to cross the blood-brain barrier
  • Instead of stimulating the brain like caffeine, nootropics boost the brain’s power
  • Have almost no side effects
  • In order to be classified as a nootropic, a drug has to prove that it enhances metabolic cerebral functions

Common Nootropics

Racetams

Derivates of Piracetam, the “ram” family are nootropics and have similar effects as the piracetam.

Choline

A substance that helps cell membrane synthesis and plays a major role increasing acetylcgoline levels

Herbs

Bacopa monnieri or huperzine A have proven to increase cognitive function and improve the memory.

Semi-synthetic forms

Vitamin B6 or B1 have been researched and their synthetic form can modify dopamine or creatine levels.

Picamilon

As a mix between vitamin B3 and neurotransmitter GABA, Picamilon improves the blood flow while GABA inhibits certain neurotransmitters.

Phenibut

Is the improved form of GABA that links GABA receptors and can cross the blood-brain barrier.

L-Theanine

An amino acid that is usually taken with caffeine and helps the release of GABA.

Selank

Created due to the analysis of the endogenous peptide tuftsin, Selank is lesser known  anxiolytic peptide

Sunifiram

Has many beneficial properties, but there aren’t still enough research and tests done to determine its efficiency

Nootropics pose almost no side effects and by their nature, are safe drugs that can boost a person’s cognition without endangering the health of the brain or the body’s.

Sources:

http://www.healthmagreviews.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic

L-Tyrosine & L-Theanine Powerful Nootropics

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2 Powerful Nootropics: L-Tyrosine & L-Theanine

Brian supplements promise to improve your memory while increasing the cerebral circulation and enhancing the concentration. The difference between different brands lays in the chosen ingredients and dosages. An efficient supplement should also contain L-Tyrosine and L-Theanine, among other compounds.

The Pros of L-Tyrosine

As a natural amino acid, L-tyrosine will lower social anxiety and the stress that comes with it. Also, it promotes a state of well-being and has a positive impact on the mood.

  • prevents and reduces panic attacks
  • helps the social behavior
  • keeps the anxiety levels in check
  • reduces stress
  • improves the mood
  • increases the dopamine levels in the brain
  • treats social anxiety
  • promotes attentiveness
  • improves the stress response

The Pros of L-Theanine

Usually found in tea leaves, this amino acid promotes a healthy brain and boosts the cognitive functions. Ensuring an optimal nerve impulse transmission and improving the memory, L-theanine has a positive effect on the overall health of the organism.

  • has a calming effect
  • ensures an easier learning process
  • improves memory
  • helps the transmission of nerve impulses
  • improves cognitive functions
  • raises the dopamine and serotonin levels
  • relaxes the body
  • raises attentiveness and alertness levels
  • ensures an enhanced cognition

Why are these two amino acids considered nootropics?

1.Cross the blood brain barrier

L-theanine has the ability, besides of ensuring health benefits, to have a direct effect on the brain. Unlike other supplements, L-theanine can improve the brain’s capacity by supplying a boost exactly where is needed.

2.Raise dopamine levels

This substance is responsible for mood swings and how we are feeling. Maintaining a balanced level of dopamine will increase our well-being, reduce signs of depression and improve mood disorders.

3.Relax the brain

By being able to reduce anxiety and minimize panic attacks, these two substances are an excellent treatment for anxiety disorders that can affect our social behavior. Eliminating the stress that comes along with our anxiety, L-theanine and L-tyrosine facilitate a natural state of calm that help us overcome our fears.

4.Reduce stress levels

L-tyrosine plays a part in the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters that can affect the stress levels. A supplement will provide the necessary amount of dopamine that can maintain optimal levels of hormones.

5.Increase motivation

By having a positive impact on our motivation and boosting it up, L-theanine and L-tyrosine prove to have the capacity to influence our way of thinking, boredom, or drowsiness.

Side effects and precautions

L-theanine is known to have better results when taken with caffeine, while L-tyrosine should be taken with food, especially carbohydrates.

A brain supplement will likely contain these two compounds and a couple more so you won’t have to worry about taking them separately.

Being a brain enhancer, these amino acids can disrupt your sleep so it’s recommended to be administered during the day and not before bedtime.

Usually, both substances are very well tolerated and the only known possible side effects are nausea, headaches or insomnia.

These two amino acids complete each other’s benefits and ensure a healthy body while improving the memory and cognition.