Here’s the Deal on Nootropics

Wondering what nootropics are?

Brain function is essential to everything we do in everyday life, from breathing to eating, to sleeping, and everything in between. Over the years, we have become more aware of issues that affect our brain function and have actively looked for information, supplementation, and even medicine to slow the effects or eliminate the causes of decreased brain functionality. One are that we have studied in detail, and continue to study, is cognitive brain function (or memory). This type of loss of functionality correlates with the diseases of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and even Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). And while there is not known cure for this, there are new studies that prove certain supplements, drugs, and foods can actually enhance cognitive ability. These enhancers are known as nootropics.


Whenever health issues, of any type, are discussed, the first series of questions and potential answers deals with diet. When dealing with cognitive brain function, this is especially true.  Certain foods are known nootropics and should be eaten more often than other foods that can actually negatively affect brain function. Some of these foods are food such as eggs, nuts, and fish, to name a few. These foods contain many of the dietary supplements that we are told to ingest to increase brain health as well as overall health, such as Choline, Omega-3’s and Tyrosine. A healthy diet rich in these food can help increase cognitive brain activity, or at least slow any decrease in cognitive brain function.


Once diet is examined, we may need a bit of extra help to either reach those dietary intake goals or simply help our brain work better. Of course, one option is to take fish oil supplements, choline supplements, and tyrosine supplements, especially if you are not able to eat large enough portions or you are allergic to one of the foods that has these necessary supplements. However, supplements such as these aside, there are herbal supplements that are actually preferable to medication when dealing with cognitive brain activity. These nootropics are highly recommended and are available over the counter. On such herbal supplement that is often used in place of Ritalin or other ADD type drugs is called ginkgo biloba.


Medication is typically a last resort when dealing with cognitive brain ability, however, this option is full of synthetic nootropics. As mentioned above Ritalin is just one of the many pharmaceutical nootropics that are used to help children with their memory and cognitive brain function. It is important to think of this route as a last resort option, when nothing else has worked and something needs to change. These types of nootropics can be highly addictive.

Most importantly, memory loss and cognitive brain function disabilities should always be discussed with a medical professional prior to devising an appropriate nootropic treatment plan. If discussed early on, the change in diet and addition of supplements may help prolong the quality of life for many, many years to come.

Nootropics are a fairly newer discovery in the treatment and prevention of memory loss. They can be quite helpful to people both young and seasoned and provide wonderful alternatives to simply losing your memory, as would happen in the past. Nootropics are not often experimental, as they are simply part of your everyday diet (or should be) as long as they are food and herb related. And, they can truly help you enjoy your life for many years to come.