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Have you heard about nootropic cognitive enhancers? If you haven’t, this article is for you.
Since the 2011 movie Limitless, the idea of nootropic cognitive enhancers has predominantly (and wrongfully) been attributed to pharmaceutical “smart drug” pills. On the one hand, it is true that Aderall and pills of the sort enhance brain function, but they only do it during a short period of time.
In fact, you could easily make the argument that long-term Adderall usage actually contributes to cognitive impairment, especially as addiction becomes an increasing issue.
Nootropics are inherently non-addictive because, by their original definition, nootropics lack the usual side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs.
For a substance to qualify as “nootropic,” it must enhance mental performance without compromising brain health.
Not all nootropics are the same nor target the same cognitive pathways. Some nootropics nourish the brain’s nutrient levels while others improve neurochemical pathways. Here’s a list of some of them.
Lab-synthesized compounds that improve cognitive function without compromising brain health qualify as nootropics. A typical example of synthetic nootropics consists of the racetam class of cognitive enhancers – e.g., piracetam, aniracetam, phenylpiracetam, and so on.
Natural compounds comprised of synthetic bonds, or that are in any way synthetically activated, qualify as semi-synthetic. For example, sulbutiamine binds two vitamin B1 compounds into a single component, synthetically enhancing the vitamin’s natural effects.
As this involves an unnatural degree of otherwise natural bio-activity, it isn’t always obvious
what the long-term effects of semi-synthetic nootropics will be.
3-Herbal Powders and Extracts
When it comes to supplementing herbal nootropics, herbal extracts typically pack a higher potency (and thus more significant effect) than plain powder herbs.