Nootropic refers to supplements, functional foods or drugs that enhance cognitive functions like memory, focus, and intelligence. Colloquially, nootropics are known as “smart drugs”. Over the past couple of years, people are searching for ways on how they can maximize their brain’s potential.
The word “nootropics” was coined by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea who is a Romanian psychologist and chemist. It is the combination of the Greek words nous meaning “mind” and trepein meaning “to bend or turn”. He synthesized “Piracetam”, which is the first nootropic, 5 decades ago.
Dr. Giurgea said that nootropics can enhance learning and memory, protect the brain from different chemical and physical injuries, increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical control mechanisms, and boost the resistance of learned behaviors to conditions that tend to disrupt them.
How Nootropics Work
Nootropics work by increasing the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain and raising the brain’s acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter responsible for the brain’s learning, memory, and mood functions.
Some can stimulate Nerve Growth Factor production that can result to growth of brain cells. Such growth will mean faster communication, which can translate into enhanced learning and memory.
Nootropics are not miracle drugs that can turn an average person into a genius overnight. Working hard when learning is still necessary but the improvement in cognitive functions will allow you to learn as well as retain information at an advanced rate.
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