Noötropica are real smart drugs. These herbs, amino acids and vitamins improve cognitive functions without side effects (if you do not take too much of course.) That is not strange as the brain itself is chemical. To give you a helping hand in discovering the various nootropics, we present a short list of five ingredients that you often come across.
The ginseng root has been part of Eastern medicine for centuries. There are a number of types of ginseng with different effects. Nowadays ginseng in powder form is one of the most used ingredients in supplements. Ginseng consists of a large number of substances which makes it very versatile. Since ginseng is performance-enhancing, energizing and stimulating memory, it is a real nootropic. Ginseng can be taken as capsules or as a powder .
The ginkgo tree can reach an impressive age of thousands of years. Like ginseng, the fruits and leaves of the ginkgo biloba have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. These fruits contain a number of beneficial substances. Ginkgo is seen as a nootropic because it can influence various cognitive functions, resulting in improved concentration and sharper memory. Try ginkgo as a capsule .
L-tyrosine is a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. You can find it in food such as eggs, turkey, milk and almonds. Tyrosine is a precursor of neurotransmitters. It is suggested that l-tyrosine influences moods in this way and helps in stressful situations. L-tyrosine helps the memory during multitasking, something that we all have to deal with nowadays. L-tyrosine is an ingredient in OmniMind .
Dimethylaminoethanol is best known as DMAE. It is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The pharmaceutical variant of DMAE is called Deanol. As a nootropic, DMAE increases concentration and memory. It also seems to have a positive effect on lucid dreams . DMAE can be purchased in pure form or as an ingredient in formulas such as Brain-E .
Choline is a water-soluble vitamin. You can find it in food such as liver, broccoli (delicious combination), eggs and brewer’s yeast. Choline is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that plays a role in memory function and other cognitive tasks. Choline is a common ingredient in smart formulas, for example Brain-E .
Do you want to study a night, do you work long hours or do you want to learn a language in a week? In our encyclopaedia you can read much more about the history and background of nootropics.