What are Nootropics?
Nootropics, also known as smart drugs, are cognitive enhancers. They can boost memory and help to increase focus and attention. Memory begins to decline as early as the late teens. There are other factors also that can make memory decline faster. Stress, alcohol and lack of sleep are a few examples.
When a person learns, they require two cognitive skills. Memory and concentration. Memory is the ability to remember and and contraction is the power to hold your attention. When you are having problems with learning due to lack of memory and concentration, nootropics might be a good idea. Nootropics consist mostly of medications, supplements or functional foods.
Several nootropics act as a vasodilator. Vasodilators are medications or other elements that will open up the blood vessels. This can improve the flow of oxygen to the brain. An insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain is the beginning of the problem of concentration lapse.
A drug can only be classified as a nootropic if it improves overall health and mind over a long period of time. There are other meditations which provide short term mental benefits. Amphetamines are an example of this and are not technically considered a nootropic.
There are many different nootropic drugs out there and they all work in different ways. Most people taking nootropics notice improvement in memory, mood, ability to concentrate, motivation and reaction time. How much of a difference is dependent on the person and the medication they are taking. Most people do benefit from taking nootropics, even if it is subtle.
It is important to understand that taking these “smart drugs” will not turn you into a genius overnight. You are not all of a sudden be able to speak another language or master advanced calculus. If you stick to your regimen, you will notice a change.
Many people often ask the question “how do nootropics work”. Simply put, they affect neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Many of the neurotransmitters act as your brain’s way of communication with itself. If your brain is communicating with itself better, brain functions improve.
When deciding how you should take nootropics, it is important to understand that if you take too much, they could have the opposite effect. If you take too little, you could have no effect at all. When taking these smart drugs, it is important to start with just one type at a time. If you start with more than one, and have a great effect, you won’t know which drug is working so well. Also, if you have side effects, you won’t know which pill is doing it. Also, you should start with a low dosage and work your way up. You will notice the change in yourself but it also a good idea to ask family and friends to pay attention to you and report any changes that they notice as well. It is also a good idea to do as much research on nootropics as possible.
If you are wanting to sharpen your mind, and improve your concentration and memory, nootropics are the way to go.