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Learning More About Nootropics

We live in a world that where the pace of life steadily increases and the demands on our capacity to deal with the pace of that change and the increasing amounts of information that we have process may cause us to become anxious - in fact more people than ever are being treated for stress related mental disorders than ever before. However for some the ability to cope with out fast paced modern life can be enhanced through the use of nootropics, or 'smart drugs'.

These drugs are designed to boost the performance of the brain. There are many different types, both prescription and non-prescription. It may be news to many people, but that morning cup of coffee is filled with a nootropic drug called caffeine that boosts alertness and mental acuity. However, there are also prescription nootropics such as donepezil is used to treat Alzheimer’s or other prescription drugs which can boost the attention spans of those who are faced with the challenges associated with ADHD.

Research into the effectiveness of non-prescription nootropics is ongoing. These types of nootropics can be purchased in the form of supplements of various types - but there are some doctors that have questioned whether or not these 'drugs' designed to boost brainpower actually make any appreciable difference to the mental functioning of individuals. One of the reasons that many in the medical community remain sceptical about the effectiveness of nootropics is that the way that our cognitive processes work is not completely understood - and until we have a better idea of how the mind works it is incredibly difficult to measure the effectiveness of substances that are purported to enhance that cognitive functioning.

However, the flip side of this coin is that there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to suggest that non-presecription nootropics can have a positive effect on just how efficiently we use out grey matter - and help us to focus in this increasingly complex world. It is worth noting that not all doctors share the opinion that nootropics are, for all intents and purposes useless - there are many that believe that they will not give us 'superhuman' abilities - but might just give us the edge when it comes to mental functioning - especially as we age.

All nootropics can have severe health risks if recommended dosages are exceeded - however caffeine is a great example of just how useful nootropics can be when used correctly. When caffeine is ingested it stimulates the productionchemicals in the brain such as acetylcholine which has been proven to help with learning and assist in short term memory.

However, those who wish to explore the benefits of nootropic supplements will be particularly interested in the effects of supplements such as Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba. However the effects of these sorts of natural supplements have not yet been subject to intense scrutiny - and their effects as far as enhancing mental acuity are questionable. There are other nootropics that have been subject to more intensive research such as CDP-choline, L-theanine, Bacopa monnieri, huperzine A, creatine monohydrate, and vinpocetine that show great promise in enhancing memory and optimizing mental functioning.

Piracetam is another nootropic that belongs to a class known as Racetams. These are available without prescription in the United States - but are strictly controlled in many other countries across the world. They have also been shown to enhance the production and activity of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine. It should be noted that the studies that have been performed on the action of Racetams have led most medical practioners to recommend this class of nootropic to those who might be suffering from memory issues as a result of age. They seem to have little to no effect on younger people.

Prescription nootropics such as those that are designed to help individuals suffering from ADHD have become popular with illegal users such as college students who are cramming for their examinations. However, long term use can have serious side effects. These side effects can include blurred vision, high blood pressure and even serious damage to the heart. As with all supplements first consult your doctor prior to taking them - and simply never abuse prescription medication - the long term effects can be life threatening.

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