Are You Using Caffeine the Wrong Way?
10 December 2019
Nootropics hold the promise of helping with:
• -memory storage and recall
• -cognitive function or the ability to pay attention and comprehend ideas
• -reasoning ability
• -the ability to communicate
Your brain controls all the functioning organs in your body. From your metabolism to your nervous system; your digestive system and every organ in your body is controlled by your brain. When your brain is healthier and functioning better your entire physical well-being is improved. Not to mention your emotional makeup. Many of modern life’s maladies such as depression, anxiety, ADD, and addictions can be traced to unhealthy brains.
Adderall is specifically a schedule II controlled substance prescription drug prescribed for patients typically suffering from the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, and in some cases used for narcolepsy. Adderall is considered a stimulant drug with effects similar to cocaine. Because of this many people take Adderall without a prescription, illegally, and run a high risk of becoming addicted to the drug. You can also develop a tolerance for Adderall where the effects are felt less and less over time. The primary of these is Adderall, which is a medical drug associated with significant side effects and toxicity damage to your brain’s dopamine neurons, certainly not what you want.
Another commonly mislabeled nootropic is Modafinil. Many people think Modafinil is a natural and safe nootropic, but it too is a prescription drug known as Provigil. This is a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy and other sleeping disorders. Although it has been written extensively online as a safe nootropic, we don’t believe that, by our definition, it is. It is, however, a smart drug. Modafinil is regarded as a safe wakefulness inducing compound as it doesn’t produce the same withdrawal or tolerance as most stimulants have. The list of side effects of Modafinil is long and not to be disregarded. These include chest pain, anxiety, and hallucinating. Other Modafinil related side effects include stomach ache, anxiety, depression, dyskinesia, and in one documented case, psychosis. While Modafinil is widely regarded as safe, it is still a prescription drug and should be administered and managed by a licensed physician.
For many, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear about nootropics is a drug with side effects….and those do exist … As a matter of fact they’re BIG business. On the good side, there are a ton of naturally occurring compounds that are also classified as nootropics. So, what are the natural nootropics, what are the artificial ones, and what’s the difference?
Here are some of the most commonly used natural nootropics, you may have heard of them!
• Bacopa Monnieri
• Choline (Choline Phosphatidyl, Choline Bitartrate, Alpha GPC, and Citicoline)
• L-Theanine (from Green Tea)
• Rhodiola Rosea
• 5-Hydroxytryptophan (From the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia)
• Chlorogenic acid (from Green Coffee Beans)
• Ginkgo Biloba
• Panax Ginseng
• Choline Phosphatidyl
One the other side of the coin you have synthetic nootropics such as:
When it comes to synthetic nootropics, I’m not the biggest fan. I think a lot more research needs to happen before we can say definitively that they are safe. For instance, the synthetic group of nootropics know as racetams have been removed from Amazon and Ebay for sale as dietary supplements following an FDA ruling in 2010.
The supplement companies have basically gotten around that FDA ruling by still selling them on Amazon and Ebay, but as “not for human consumption”. Do millions use them? Yes! Would I use them? No, but that is just my personal opinion, we need to conduct far more research on this.
Not all nootropics should be used together. Some nootropics may produce side effects when combined with each other or prescription medications. As with everything that is generally safe if you abuse it by taking much more than the label suggests, or use it with some type of narcotic (prescription or street drug), stimulant, or steroids, alcohol etc. then you may certainly put yourself in danger of serious side effects.
We say this all the time…you have the power to know exactly what is in your supplements, why and if it’s the correct amount to actually do its job.
Scientific verification? You can request that the retailer give you a copy of their certificate of authenticity. This is verification done by a 3rd party lab that has tested the supplements and shown them to be what they are supposed to be. If the company is unwilling to show you this, walk away and find one that will. You can also check studies to see how much of your nootropic has been tested as being beneficial for what you want it to do. If the label on yours only shows a portion of that ingredient then it’s not worth the money.
If the nootropic ingredients are grown around chemicals/harsh pesticides then that may carry over into your formula. Synthetic forms of more bioavailable ingredients, like folic acid instead of the methylated form of folate, or cyanocobalamin instead of methyl cobalamin (the more bioavailable form of B-12) may not be used by your body as efficiently and in some people with rare absorption issues, cause side effects. Standardized nootropic herbs are safe and reliable because they are measured to an specific percentage of active ingredient.
Not with true nootropics taken in the correct dosage. One of the specifics of Nootropics is their non-addictive quality. That’s why people who take them, tend to love them. Nootropics by definition are safe. That’s why they fit into the category of nootropics. Most people only experience their amazing benefits, so if you’re thinking of trying them, just do your homework first.
The first school, and probably the first to come to mind when you think about smart drugs or pills that make you think better is focused on the short term. “How can I improve my focus and attention, today“? Much like the movie Limitless, modern society wants a pill to solve a problem immediately. This isn’t necessarily bad. It is akin to weight loss. If you were overweight, of course, you are going to want a pill that will shed the pounds quickly right?
The problem is, your body doesn’t work that way!
While there are, indeed, drugs that can increase your thinking, focus, and attention like Adderall, they do work, but at what cost? Adderall is a Schedule II drug specifically for its addictive nature and potential for abuse. All these short-term “pills” typically come with a high price tag. Even a simple substance such as caffeine from coffee. Studies do show that it will improve your focus and attention, but if you drink excess amounts of coffee you will not only burn out your adrenal system, you will probably be a hot mess as well. Many of the racetams fall into this category. Mainly students looking to improve testing results like these types of nootropics.
Again, they do work, well, but they come with a price extracted from your brain and body. We don’t suggest anyone take it on a long-term basis, or any of these types of nootropics long term for that matter. The second school of thought, and the one we fall into stakes its claim in the long term health of your brain. Quite literally your brain controls everything in your life. These types of brain health supplements can help improve your brain health and thus your memory, your focus, your attention, your emotions and moods, even your metabolism but instead of extracting a price from your health they actually benefit you in the long-term, and the best part, when you give your brain the proper nutrition to function properly you.
• Glide through the hardest tasks and your focus and attention are laser sharp.
• -Your health may start to improve as your body systems begin to function better.
• -Improved moods, along with your attitudes, making the world a much better place.
• -You will probably not experience a rush, or sudden sharpening of your thinking.
People like to experiment with different kinds of nootropics. These combinations are referred to as “stacks”. It is a slang term, but you still see it used around the internet.
The field of nootropics is relatively new and growing rapidly as the promise is so great. Health improvements and science around Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia are also driving the research. You can think of nootropics like other supplements, there are hundred of varieties to choose from, each with different objectives, so if you are looking to purchase and try some nootropics, the basic building blocks are varied.
Studies suggest that Bacopa Monnieri supplements increase the cerebral blood flow and activates choline. Choline affects the dopamine receptors in your brain which gives you a sharper focus and attention. Ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant. Specifically, in the last 50 years, Bacopa Monnieri has been the focus of a great deal of scientific research on brain health, memory improvement, cognitive enhancement, and anxiety reduction. This recent science is pointing to bacopa Monnieri as one of the most powerful and natural nootropic substances you can find. We would speculate this is why you see it used in such a wide variety of traditional treatments.
Rhodiola Rosea is an amazing plant which has been shown to promote cognitive function and reduce mental fatigue. It’s very safe and effective.
One, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of the effects of Rhodiola rosea on students during an examination period showed “the overall conclusion is that Rhodiola Rosea gave significant results compared to the placebo group”. Another study documented the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of Rhodiola Rosea in microglial and neurons. They found that “The protective effects of Rhodiola Rosea against neurotoxicity may provide the pharmacological basis of its clinical usage in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.”
Folic acid is essential for many biological functions. It has also been found to improve cognition in health adults. Folic acid may lower the risk of cognitive decline.
B vitamins, particularly vitamin B-12, have been shown to positively influence brain functions. Vitamin B-12 is a brain nutrient that appears that it may lower both the risk and rate of cognitive decline. Data suggests that Vitamin B-12 supplementation may have a positive impact on global brain functioning particularly on performance of memory tasks.
Olive Leaf Extract:
Our Olive Leaf Extract is a high hydroxytyrosol extract. This is a type of phenolic phytochemical with potent antioxidant properties. Olive Leaf Extract helps lower odds of cognitive decline.
Green Tea Extract:
Green Tea Leaf Extract, specifically polyphenol extracts are powerful antioxidants. They are known to improve memory, executive function and information processing speed as well as cognition. Some studies have also shown that green tea may reduce cognitive decline.
The goal of taking nootropics is for long-term brain health improvements. You want to experience the benefits of better memory, thinking, and focus. Have sharper attention. Be more mentally awake while protecting your brain from the ravages of time and disease.