Nootropics. You may have known them as the “limitless pill” that keeps billionaires rich, students at the top of the academic leader-boards, and employees productive. The ‘medications’ that students across the country are taking to help support their study. The psychological enhancers that give high-ranking corporate leaders their insane work ethics: all fascinating stuff, right?
There are two competing theories when it comes to nootropics. One set of scientific data supports the usage and benefits of nootropics, while the other asserts that there is no net benefit of these drugs.
On the one hand, the neural framework in the brain is mind-boggling: many different combinations of drugs interact differently with different portions of your mind. Currently, the scientific community has a hard time with this multi-faceted approach. Research organizations burn lots of money trying to isolate the impacts of only a single chemical in a compound: but nootropics regularly appear as “stacks” of chemicals, not just a single chemical! That sort of complicated, multi-dimensional product requires an alternate technique to see well that goes past just what’s on the surface.
The idea driving nootropics is to focus on some metabolic or another part of the brains actions, particularly a capacity that falls under the categories of memory or physical performance, and to then give a sample of the drug to that metabolic pathway. Another type of nootropic is one that improves the action of a synapse, protein, or another metabolic factor. These drugs are even harder to test!
Nootropic usage isn’t an outlandish line of research. However, tweaking metabolic pathways is not an easy task. Our capacity to extrapolate from beyond the confines of a petri dish to creatures larger to finally, determine the net clinical impacts in people is exceptionally restricted. Regardless of how encouraging a treatment looks in principle, we need clinical information to check whether it has a quantifiable bodily impact.
What Sort of Nootropics Exist
The most common nootropic in the world is one your probably have with your breakfast, with lunch, and maybe even with dinner: caffeine! Caffeine blocks the adenosine pathways in your brain, leading you to feel less tired. A moderate dosage of caffeine during the morning and early afternoon can help you beat later-afternoon fatigue.
Another natural nootropic is one found in your Earl Grey: L- Theanine. Although this is an amino acid that comes naturally with your cup of tea, 200 milligrams of the stuff can cause natural calmness without drowsiness– and is even shown to boost creativity. Taking a dose of just 50 milligrams, or the equivalent of two cups of tea, can increase alpha waves in the brain and encourage your creativity!
You might want to hit the gym after this one: another popular nootropic, creatine, is often found in pre-workout supplements and protein shakes: and for a good reason! Creatine promotes muscle growth and is scientifically linked to an increase in short-term reasoning and memory skills: especially in people under stress and vegetarians. You can consume up to 5 grams of creatine a day without any adverse effects. While you might be able to produce a more significant impact with more creatine, the long-term health benefits are unknown.