Enhancing Your Cognitive Edge with Nootropics
No personal computer processor can ever rival the computing prowess of the human brain. After all, such processors are designed and developed by the world’s most brilliant minds. Therefore, it really comes down to finding ways to unleashing the true power and potential of the human brain. Unfortunately, this is where many individuals fail. Many people do not know how to harness their brain’s cognitive edge. It would certainly make the world a much exciting place to live in were there ways to unlock the human brain's hidden power.
Today, there is hope of doing just that. With the discovery of nootropics in the early 1970s, more and more individuals are now unleashing the true power of their minds.
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics (pronounced noh-oh-troh-piks) are substances that play a role in the improvement of human cognitive function. It was Corneliu E. Giurgea, a Romanian chemist and psychologist, who first coined the term in 1972 to describe a host of substances, both natural and synthetic, that improve executive functions, motivation, creativity, and memory. Nootropics are also called cognitive enhancers or smart drugs because of their ability to improve the different cognitive functions of healthy human beings.
There are a variety of nootropics or "smart drugs" out on the market today. Some are fully synthetic, and are often indicated in the treatment of certain medical and healthcare conditions. These include amphetamines, eugeroics, and methylphenidate. A newer class of nootropics called 'racetams' have long been considered the gold standard of smart drugs or cognitive enhancers. Others include nicotine and xanthines from coffee. Some of these have potentially serious side effects however, especially amphetamines where the risk for drug dependence and addiction is great.
Safer and equally effective nootropics include natural ingredients gathered from plant sources, including L-Theanine, Huperzine-A, Vinpocetine, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa monnieri, Panax ginseng, and Ginkgo biloba. These are natural substances that often provide the same cognitive function improvement as racetams and stimulants, but without the potentially dangerous side effects of synthetics such as chemical dependence and addiction.
How Do Nootropics Impact the Brain?
Nootropics act on certain parts of the brain and improve the way different nerve cells communicate with one another. The resulting improvement in neuronal communication and transmission is what enhances the different cognitive processes of the mind. Improved neuronal communication is achieved by stimulating neurotransmitter release from the brain. This enhances cognitive processes such as memory consolidation, information recall, task saliency, and critical and logical thinking processes. Additionally nootropics help improve concentration, alertness, and attention.
It is for this reason that many individuals who require a great degree of thinking such as students and employees in highly intellectual professions use nootropics to help them in improving their cognitive performance. Since nootropics are a class of substances, some can be taken as a single standalone cognitive enhancer while others provide better benefits without the risk of untoward side effects if taken as a stack. Stacking combines several nootropics that are designed to enhance the effects of one another without risking the development of addiction or any side effects.
Individuals who wish to harness the true potential of their brain's computing power can now do so using nootropics. It's an exciting and quickly-evolving field of study, once whose own potential, like the brain, has yet to be reached.