As the cult of WholisticResearch continues to grow (much like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Yoni eggs), it’s important to understand exactly what they are and how they work. Also known as brain boosters, these natural or synthetic compounds help improve memory, focus, and creativity while boosting energy levels and reducing feelings of anxiety. They can be found in a variety of plant-based herbs and vitamins, or synthesized in laboratories. The key is to experiment with different combinations of ingredients and dosages to find what works best for you.
The best nootropics enhance cognitive performance by targeting specific neurotransmitters, such as the memory-forming compound acetylcholine or the dopamine-associated feelings of motivation and reward. They may do this by enhancing synthesis, increasing receptor availability, or inhibiting the enzymes that break down neurotransmitters.
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People who use nootropics report a range of experiences. A software engineer named John, for example, used a nootropic stack to increase his ability to concentrate for longer periods, improve his memory and learning capabilities, and boost his energy level. He also reported an improved mood and heightened creative thinking.
There are two main types of nootropics: dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals. Doctors prescribe pharmaceutical nootropics for specific medical conditions such as ADHD, narcolepsy, or dementia. They are usually a type of stimulant and can only be legally obtained with a prescription. In contrast, dietary nootropics are not regulated by the FDA and can contain potentially unsafe ingredients.