Safe and Effective Alternatives to ADHD Medications
Adderall is given to ADHD individual to allow them to focus and concentrate on a particular given task without causing undue stress.And since these are aspects that pertain to cognitive control, Adderall has also been used in enhancing cognitive performance among healthy individuals. Adderall, like all amphetamines, has been shown to provide good cognitive control which includes episodic memory, inhibition control, memory consolidation, task saliency, and the attention.
However, caution must be exercised if Adderall is to be used for this purpose because higher doses can have the opposite effects – cognitive deficits. Additionally, since Adderall is not indicated for cognition-enhancement in healthy individuals because it is primarily a drug, it is not legal to use it without prescription.
The Dangers of Adderall
Unfortunately, according to the Journal of American College Health, 2 out of 3 college students have been offered Adderall as well as other stimulants especially during examination periods. One out of 3 high school students also take Adderall to stay awake in order to party. Almost 8 percent of senior high school students all over the United States have been using Adderall without prescription. In 2010, there were close to 16,000 emergency room visits because of Adderall and other ADHD medication misuse (not for medical purposes). Many of the ER cases presented with severe nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, and seizures.
Safer and Equally Effective Alternative
Because of the potentially lethal side effects of Adderall, a safer yet equally effective alternative must be sought. Natural nootropic agents can readily fit the bill. These are natural substances that function in a variety of ways to improve cognitive performance and boost energy levels to allow individuals to perform to the best of the abilities. While single-ingredient nootropics can serve this purpose, it is advisable to use nootropic stacks instead in order to gain the full benefits of these natural cognitive enhancers.
For example, taking a combination of Huperzine and Vinpocetine can greatly enhance mental processes. Vinpocetine prevents the destruction of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine so that more effective neural transmission is ensured. Huperzine, on the other hand, improves blood flow to the brain to further enhance cognition and memory. When caffeine and l-theanine is added onto the mix, the overall effect is greater focus and concentration alongside improved cognitive performance without the jittery effects and nervousness associated with caffeine.
Additionally, combining forskolin and artichoke extract has also been shown to be particularly effective in boosting overall cognitive abilities without the dangers of life-threatening side effects. Other natural nootropics that have been used as nootropic stacks include Rhodiola rosea, alpha-GPC, and Guarana. Rhodiola rosea can enhance concentration and focus while at the same time boosting energy levels. Alpha-GPC works by increasing the levels of acetylcholine in the brain so cognitive processes can be enhanced. Guarana, on the other hand, has been dubbed as the natural Adderall, closely mimicking the effectiveness of the drug sans its side effects.
There are other natural nootropics that can be as effective as Adderall in maintaining absolute focus and concentration in mentally-demanding activities. The best part of these substances is that they are all natural and hence, are safe.