What are Nootropics?
Nootropics are a range of natural Supplements designed to improve cognitive function. Often referred to as cognitive enhancers, Nootropics do not treat diseases but may increase focus in a similar way to caffeine or creatine.
**Please note: the term "Nootropic" may refer to natural or synthetic (drug-based) supplements that boost mental performance. Natures Healthbox only sell Nootropics made from 100% natural ingredients**
How do natural Nootropics work?
Nootropics are thought to work by increasing an individual's mental functions such as their levels of motivation, creativity and/or attention span. Studies further suggest that a nootropic influences our brains function through a number of mechanisms or pathways, for example, the dopaminergic pathway, which is the set of projection neurons in the brain that synthesise and release the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Why should I use Nootropic supplements?
In today’s modern environment, it could be argued that while many of us continue to consume Tea or Coffee for it’s stimulant effects, why should we turn to a natural Nootropic? And while studies suggest that caffeine is safe for most people in moderate amounts, consuming too much may not be safe.
Most people interested in nootropics aren't sticking to their local coffee shop anymore, as a shift towards healthier diet options continues to grow. Taking a natural Nootropic Food supplement, such as Ginseng or L-theanine, may provide an important source of plant-based nutrients to increase Energy naturally and the flow of oxygen to your Brain & Mind.
What are the best natural Nootropics?
Unlike synthetic Nootropics, such as Piracetam, natural Nootropics require no prescription. Below, are four of the most popular organic variations;
- Ginkgo Biloba - As one of the oldest living tree species in the world, Ginkgo Biloba has a long medicinal history for use with dementia symptoms. It is therefore considered to "potentially beneficial" for improving brain function.
- Rhodiola Rosea - Often referred to as the “golden root”, Rhodiola Rosea is a promising organic Nootropic, as recent research suggests that it may help to alleviate mental Fatigue in healthy adults.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids - These Essential Fatty Acids are found in fatty Fish and are among the most well-known and well-studied mental enhancers. Studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids protect against brain ageing and are important for the functions of the nervous system.
- Panax Ginseng - Also known as Asian Ginseng, this a perennial shrub is a traditional herb used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Panax Ginseng is also thought to be useful for brain recovery after a stroke.
How will natural Nootropics benefit my body?
Because of the current lack of medical research in natural Nootropics, experts cannot say with certainty that these supplements will definitely improve brain function or general thinking. Some small studies show that some Nootropic supplements can affect the brain and may therefore help you in some cases, but it’s important to remember that adequate Sleep, a healthy diet, and regular exercise should boost brain function & manage Stress.