Nootropics – Do They Really Work?
Nootropics are also known as smart drugs, dietary supplements, or brain boosters. The latest study to which this new term is being applied is the one conducted by British researchers who reviewed all the published studies on the effectiveness of nootropics. They found that there is not sufficient evidence to determine whether or not nootropics are safe or effective. However, they did conclude that the current medical practice is too lax and that they should better regulate their sale.
Fisetin is a dietary supplements that are usually taken in the evening, either with or without food. In traditional times, they were believed to slow mental decline and promote mental clarity. Today, though, the word is being used less often and more broadly, to refer to any naturally occurring or synthetic substance that may act as a cognitive enhancer or a nootropic agent. Because nootropics can improve the levels of energy (such as by boosting the metabolism), mood, and cognitive function (such as by stimulating the neurotransmitters in the brain), they are sometimes considered to be the ‘new Viagra’ for mental health.
Three of the most common nootropics include L-glutamine, caffeine, and creatine monohydrate (or Creatine). These substances enhance brain performance by increasing neurotransmitter levels, increasing cellular oxygenation, and increasing blood flow. Caffeine, in particular, causes a surge in adrenaline and leads to increased energy levels that enhances cognitive performance. No matter how or why the substance is consumed, the end result is increased energy levels, which in turn improves mental function.
Another common nootropic drug, believed by some to be as effective as Adderall for ADHD and other attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, is Cerebrolysin. Cerebrolysin is an oral substance containing mainly galactogogogues, amines, and sugars. These substances react with the nervous system to cause certain changes, such as an increase in neurotransmitter levels and an increase in blood flow to the cerebrum. However, side effects, if present, are mild and include headaches and stomachaches. Research indicates that there are no major effects on brain function when taken as directed under medical supervision. In fact, many doctors feel that there are no adverse effects at all, and that there are even some benefits in terms of an improved quality of life for patients taking Cerebrolysin.
The active chemical in lecithin, found in soybeans and other foods, is called L-glutamine. A related substance, L-arginine, and another one, known as N-acetyl-d Glucosamine (NAG), are also thought to be important for the proper functioning of the human brain. While there is much evidence that supports the idea that diet plays a role in the activity and health of the human brain, researchers have yet to determine whether any of these substances actually stimulate neurotransmitters or aid in the formation and release of those neurotransmitters. One of the substances thought to have this effect is carnosine, a compound that is produced by the liver and is used in the treatment of carnitine deficiencies. It may also help prevent and reduce the harmful effects of chronic inflammation.
Of the four cases mentioned above, two involved teenage children and two involved young adults. In the case of the teenagers, it was determined that their nootropic consumption had a significant beneficial effect on their academic performance and that they were happier overall. The young adult in the second case, whose academic performance was markedly affected by ADHD, benefited from the use of dietary supplements and his mood improved significantly.
Since there are many forms and varieties of nootropics, it can be difficult to decide which ones to try. The best solution is to begin with dietary supplements and see how they perform. If they show promise in helping you achieve your goals, then you should begin to research the cognitive enhancers available. In most cases, they will all work in concert to provide you with enhanced brain function and increased mental function as well.
Although there are some risks involved in the use of dietary supplements, no prescription nootropics have shown an exceptional safety profile in controlled tests. In some cases, the side effects were not serious enough to report to the FDA, and in others, they were not deemed to be clinically relevant. In general, however, they appear to be very safe.