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Nootropic supplements have become popular for many people looking to boost their energy and focus. According to the thousands of men that took our Mdrive quiz, 57% were looking for increased energy when researching supplements. It’s no secret–we’re tired. If it's not the climb to your next promotion, it's finding enough hours in the day for family and self-care. Life makes high demands—and a little extra energy from supplements or boosters can go a long way.
Caffeine is usually the answer when your supply and demand for daily energy just don't meet up. It can enhance your energy, awareness, ability to focus, and your access to other positive neurotransmitters. However, caffeine is only one type of natural performance-enhancing supplement, also known as a nootropic.
Nootropics are a popular solution when feeling sluggish due to their natural approach to boost the body's energy. Many people today are turning to nootropics to enhance focus and to stay energized throughout the day. But just what are nootropics? Where do nootropics come from—and are they healthy? Let's take a closer look.
In the early 70s, Dr. Cornelius Giurgea, a Romanian chemist and psychologist, was trying to invent a sleeping pill. In experimenting with both natural and processed ingredients, he discovered that several components contain something that could enhance memory, improve crisis management abilities, protect the brain from injury, and improve some cortical and subcortical controls. Dr. Giurgea composed this short list of identifying qualities for a nootropic—as he coined the phrase—while working on substances for his sleep medication project:
Nootropics activate your brain across multiple pathways. They support brain activity and energy by doing the following:
Because of this, nootropics may enhance your ability to think, act, and remember by activating your brain and releasing positive neurotransmitters that you generate naturally.
Nootropics require more in-depth study to fully understand their function. However, we know from the extensive research on caffeine that caffeine stimulates brain activity, aids the synthesis of the natural neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and decreases the production of adenosine, which reduces tiredness. This is why nootropics are also known as smart drugs, memory enhancers, and enhancers of cognitive function.
Nootropics are sometimes referred to as "smart drugs" or "cognitive enhancers." This isn't just a marketing claim—it's a requirement for something to be called a nootropic.
Dr. Giurgea initially defined five qualifications for a substance to be considered a nootropic. The first of those rules is that a nootropic must enhance memory, and the second rule is that it will improve behavior under adverse conditions. In simpler terms, nootropics can help keep you sharp and improve cognitive function.
Nootropics have both short-term and long-term benefits. In the short term, they may improve your access to your memory, improve your response time, and uplift your mood. In the long term, nootropics may help improve how you store memories and create a more predictable and restful sleep cycle.
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