THE POWER OF NOOTROPICS
Brain Boosting Benefits
Similar to our adaptogens discussion, nootropics are similarly on a fast rise in mainstream culture. Simply put, nootropics are a family of natural or synthetic substances which enhance cognitive function. The first synthetic nootropic was developed in 1960 by a chemist and psychologist to address motion sickness, and since then, so many new cognitive enhancers have been discovered. You might be taking one every day and not know it—for example, caffeine is a stimulant nootropic, which improves both physical and mental performance for short periods of time.
While nootropics and adaptogens are terms that are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. Nootropics, like L-theanine and caffeine, work by boosting blood circulation and stimulating the brain. Adaptogens, like reishi and holy basil, function by enhancing the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems (the HPA-axis), which improves how the body reacts to environmental, biological, and mental stressors. Both groups are extremely helpful when taken regularly and sometimes in combination with one another and are safely available over-the-counter.
Benefits of Taking Nootropics
Nootropics, especially in the right combinations and when taken daily, like in Gotama’s AWAKE, have so many great benefits. Here are just a few:
- Support brain function and anti-aging processes
- Enhance focus and short-term memory
- Promote feelings of calm, ease, and motivation
- Optimize brain cells for healthy production of energy
- Support healthy blood flow to the brain
- Enhance attention performance on tasks
- Support faster information processing speed
How To Take Them
There is a wide range of nootropics available on the market, each with its own unique properties and benefits. Taking nootropics regularly can keep your brain firing on all cylinders.
Here are a few popular examples:
L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine, an amino acid first discovered in cheese, is an important precursor to dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. By increasing the release of these hormones, it is believed that we can improve memory, performance, and focus, even during highly stressful situations when quick reactions are needed most. In fact, in clinical studies, L-Tyrosine supplementation was shown to significantly improve working memory during mentally demanding tasks, the ability to switch between tasks, and alertness when sleep deprived.
L-Theanine: An amino acid found naturally in sources like matcha, L-theanine is a powerful nootropic. Studies have shown many benefits to taking L-theanine, such as immune system support, clarity of mind, and lower levels of mental strain. The best part is, L-theanine is a safe way to support relaxation and ease of mind without drowsiness—a bonus if you are taking it during the day.
Citicholine: A choline compound naturally found in our bodies, but is also in supplements to maximize the benefits. Citicholine is being studied for its potential as an effective, non-toxic source to choline. It was originally used in Europe and Japan as a treatment meant to improve memory, brain function, and information processing in aging subjects and those who had experienced strokes. It is now available as a safe, over-the-counter supplement, and encourages the production of phosphatidylcholine: another choline compound that is important for cognitive function.
Ginkgo: Ginkgo Biloba is a popular natural nootropic, and is one of the oldest species of trees on the planet. Ginkgo has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is still used today. It is still so popular because it supports increased blood circulation to the brain and thereby healthy cognitive function. Ginkgo can even support faster memory recall and task completion.
Nootropic blends work even better together because certain ingredients enhance and intensify the benefits of others. One example is Gotama’s daily nootropic energy blend, AWAKE, which contains L-theanine, citicholine, and caffeine, along with 13 other ingredients, for sustained energy without the crash or jitters. Optimize your mental and physical performance with AWAKE.
No matter what type of cognitive enhancer you’re looking to try, make sure to do your research and get it from a trusted source. And as always, it’s recommended that you consult with your physician before starting any new supplement or regimen.