What are Nootropic Supplements?

Nootropics, also called smart drugs and memory enhancers, are natural or synthetic substances that can improve our mental abilities. They are capable of increasing both our memory, alertness, and concentration, as well as many other brain functions. Nootropics can enhance our mood, help us relax and make us function better under pressure. They are especially popular among those who seek to improve their productivity. Students and professionals usually use them from various fields.

Take these effect claims in light of research precedents for individual ingredients or compounds. Often, nootropics are “stacked” with other things to make them more useful. Let’s explore the most popular nootropic ingredients in your brain supplements.

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The Best Ingredients For Mental Clarity

From caffeine to seeds, through the piles of prefabricated nootropics, this is our top 6 nootropics to boost brain power and improve mental performance.

1. Caffeine

You could say that caffeine is the “original” intelligent drug of nature since humanity has enjoyed its stimulating effect since ancient times.

Caffeine works by interacting with the brain’s adenosine receptors. This receptor, commonly, promotes relaxation and sleep. When we enjoy a cup of coffee or a good strong tea, caffeine inhibits this receptor, which makes us more awake and alert. Caffeine also increases the amount of dopamine and adrenaline in our body, which will make us feel happier and more energetic.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

In traditional Chinese medicine, Ginkgo biloba extracts have played an essential role for a long time thanks to its therapeutic benefits. This herb is primarily known for its positive effects on the brain, where it is thought to improve memory and mental processes. Part of its action may be due to its ability to increase blood flow in the brain.

The Ginkgo biloba can also help reduce stress levels when taken before tasks that can increase this level. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, which is a type of stress hormone. To put it another way, Ginkgo biloba can help you stay calm so you can perform better under stressful situations. You can use crushed Ginkgo biloba leaves to make a tea that will improve your performance.

3. L-Tyrosine

The L-Tyrosine is a precursor amino acid neurotransmitters, including dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Consuming L-tyrosine can give us a greater sense of concentration and of being centered when we are under a lot of stress and anxiety, especially during tasking activities. While its supplementation doesn’t seem to hold much promise to increase production directly, it is promising as a safety buffer to prevent depletion of these catecholamines.

This makes it an excellent nootropic for tasks that are very demanding at the mental level. Sometimes they call it “smart drug for writers” because it provides more motivation to continue with a better approach.

Where is it found?

Tyrosine is found in dairy products, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oats, and wheat.

Things to note

“If you have a hyperactive thyroid, are on MAOIs, or you’re taking L-dopa, be careful with L-tyrosine. While there doesn’t look to be much solid data on interactions with L-tyrosine it could theoretically interact with these things.” – Gregory Lopez (editor at Examine.com)

Studied/observed effects

Tyrosine appears to effectively improve some level of cognition during acute stressors, as well as improve the perceptions of stress, preserved working memory, and sense of well-being. Various neurological implications include data about memory, attention, wakefulness, anxiety, and neural aging.

4. Black Oil Plant Seeds

The black oil plant seeds are of a woody vine called Celastrus Paniculatus. It is also known as “climbing staff tree” and plant of the intellect. For many centuries, the seeds of the black oil plant have been used in the traditional medicine of South Asia to improve concentration and to cure some diseases. They have a significant role in Ayurvedic medicine in India.

Consuming plant seeds of black oil can improve our mental acuity and at the same time relax our nerves. Some consider that black oil plant seeds are more useful for memory than Ginkgo biloba. Another impressive effect of these seeds is that they can help us to have lucid dreams.

5. Acetyl L Carnitine (ALCAR)

The Acety prefix indicates a different form of the same amino acid. It helps the body convert fat to energy, and it’s specially processed to be able to pass the blood-brain barrier. So what is L Carnitine? (not to be confused with Carnosine) This amino acid is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection.

Where is it found?

It is made in the body or consumed through food. The highest sources are beef and steak, although it is also found in chicken, fish, whole grains, and asparagus. The most abundant sources are animal-derived foods.

Things to note
This ingredient has been showed to have a mild stimulant effect – smaller than coffee.

Studied/observed effects

In humans, substantial evidence shows Carnitine notably reduces ammonia, increases sperm quality, and reduces symptoms of Claudication (leg cramps, usually during exercise). Some research suggests a notable reduction in the symptoms of autism, minor reduction of ADHD symptoms in children, and an increase in attention and cognition.

6. Alpha-GPC

Alpha-GPC should not be confused with Choline, DMAE, or CDP-Choline. It is a choline-containing supplement appears to be more pharmacologically active at higher doses. Choline is a molecule used for cognitive boosting (as it can turn into acetylcholine – the learning transmitter) or liver health. It is also used to enhance power output in athletes.

Where is it found?

As with the previously featured ingredients, Alpha-GPC is found in eggs, meat (especially organ meats), poultry, and fish. Other sources include peanuts, dairy products, wheat germ, and Brassica vegetables.

Things to note
While other forms of choline result in perceived liver benefits, nootropic purposes may require more refined forms like Alpha-GPC.
It often used in conjunction with Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors when attempting to relieve Alzheimer’s symptoms.
It may be more effective when taken with dietary fatty acids for absorption.

Studied/observed effects

Using a single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies has shown a notable reduction of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Neurological data from its research has been gathered for attention, memory, and cognition, as well as treating Alzheimer’s, Ischemia, and Stroke.

Ageless Brilliance Nootropic Supplements

AgelessBRILLIANCE: Nootropic Supplement

Formulated to include each of these nootropic ingredients and much more, AgelessBRILLIANCE has three additional nootropics: Bacopa Monnieri, Ginko Biloba, and Huperzine A. Every selected component in the formula must be quality-sourced and high-efficacy. We care what’s in our supplements, just like our customers.

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Ageless Nutrition encourages all readers to do their research too and consult with a physician before beginning any diet, supplement, or exercise plan.

Many of the links provided here lead to Examine.com. Among many excellent sources of supplement information – this one proves easy and accessible to recommend for consolidating and summarizing a lot of important source documents and research (that are well-linked to.)

*Links to sources do not constitute endorsement of others’ conclusions, products/services, or ours. This information doesn’t constitute medical advice. We hope to jumpstart your own research. Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet, supplement, or exercise plan.