Modern-day lifestyles have placed increasing demands and almost unrealistic expectations on everybody. People who have succumbed to the pressure and fatigue that an average workday necessitates might be prone to brain fatigue, memory loss, anxiety, depression and stress.
Thankfully, there are ways around these that can help your mental health and make you more resilient to intellectual damage. What I’m referring to of course is nootropics.
What are Nootropics?
As described by the folks at Corpina, nootropics are a branch of science that deals with the betterment of brain health and performance. They have a variety of different uses from making it easier for you to remember to mood upliftment after a hard day at work.
Types of Nootropics
There are various nootropics out there but they fall under 2 basic categories:
- Natural – extracted from herbs, leaves, organic oil for a feeling of general wellness. Vitamins and brain foods also come under this category.
- Nootropic Drugs – created in the lab, targeting specific areas of the brain to address a specific problem.
In this case, one category is not better than the other; they each work bests in different contexts. For example, someone who is in need of a quick cognitive burst should take Aniracetam and Noopept, which have a more-immediate effect on the brain.
On the other hand, someone looking to improve and maintain their mental capacity over a period of time could opt for the milder and generic effects of natural nootropics.
I know that certain people are put-off by the idea of taking synthetic drugs, even when they’re proven to be safe. But let me assure you that for any drug to be called a nootropic, it must be a neuroprotective first. Meaning, it must have minimal occurrence of side effects and have lowest scores on the toxicity scale.
What do the experts have to say about nootropics?
I’ve managed to get in touch with the top experts in the nootropic industry and each one had a unique and interesting perspective about nootropics experience. We’ve published the results of the survey here: How To Improve Memory With Nootropics
Founder of the website smartdrugsmarts.com has had a lot of impact on the nootropic community through his podcasts which talk in depth about his personal experiences with different nootropics.
These are his views:
- I’ve come to believe there’s a lot of individual variation in people’s responses.
- This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise; we’ve all got different diets, lifestyle habits, genetic predispositions, and (gulp) exposure levels to environmental toxins.
- So I’ll advise an approach, not a specific stack: Try a few supplements or pre-mixed stacks. Try to hold other elements of your lifestyle constant so you can get a clean comparison. Don’t do everything at once.
- Make an orderly, sequential tour of your vitamin cabinet, one bottle at a time. Keep a journal of how you feel on different days, and double-down on what works, scrap what doesn’t!
He clarifies that if you are looking to get into nootropics, you are better off following an approach rather than a specific stack because of the variation physiological factors.