How To Tell If Your Nootropics Are Worth It | Neuratech

How To Tell If Your Nootropics Are Worth It

So you’ve heard about nootropics and you know what they are, but you’re on the fence about whether they are worth the investment?

You probably want to know if they will actually do anything or if it’s all just a hoax and you’re going to be wasting your time and money. Does that sound like you and the situation that you’re in?

Don’t worry - we did not magically get inside your head and hear your thoughts, but we know that this is a common scenario and that many people are skeptical about whether these brain supplements work or not. Luckily, we are here to tell you why they can be insanely beneficial, what you should be looking for and how to know if they are working for you.

Why are they beneficial?

Have you ever felt like your brain is tired and that you simply cannot store more information or cope with all the extra stimuli around you? Well, these special supplements or “smart drugs” help with that.

Nootropics enhance brain performance and mental function. This can include memory, motivation, concentration and attention. We don’t know about you, but we can sure do with an improvement in those areas. 1

Now, let’s dive into a few beneficial ingredients in nootropics.

Gingko Biloba Extract

A clinical dose of this plant extract has shown to improve memory and concentration while reducing stress. The Gingko biloba leaf extract has 20 kinds of flavonoids that studies suggest help to protect against memory deficits. 1

Bacopa Monnieri Extract

This extract is often used to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has been shown to improve memory. It also stimulates the production of serotonin which promotes rest as well as assists in improving the connection of nerve impulses in the brain. 1 

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is known for helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety by increasing relaxing Alpha brain wave activity. It is also a key ingredient to increase focus, manage blood pressure and aid in the function of the body’s immune system. L-Theanine is one of the reasons why green tea is stimulating yet relaxing. 2

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

This extract has shown to boost mental functioning, help relieve mild symptoms of depression and anxiety, speed recovery of nervous system injuries and boost the body’s immune system. It is also considered to be an antioxidant. It is important to note that the majority of the studies that have been done on Lion’s Mane have been on animals, but the studies that have been done on human’s have been promising and have produced the desired results. 3

These are just a few examples of plants and compounds you can find in most nootropic products today, but it is important to know what to look out for and what the benefits are. Now that you know some of the potential benefits and you know about the ingredients, let’s chat about how to know if they’re working for you.

 

How do to know if they are working

Did you suffer from brain fog, memory loss, lack of energy, no motivation, an extremely short attention span and generally just a lack of interest in most things because you were too tired to deal with it prior to taking nootropics? If you said yes, then the supplements are working for you. 

It’s not a huge change that is going to hit you one day and you’re going to say “wow, I feel different.” It is a change that is going to take time and overtime you will realise that you’re suddenly focusing on more, you want to do more, you have extra energy, you’re more creative, motivated and so much more. We recommend keeping a journal and tracking how you are feeling over a period of 1-2 months. Each day log what you did that day, how you slept the night before, what is going on in your life, how your energy levels are and anything else that you think would be beneficial. 

It is important to know that results cannot be expected instantly and especially not if the supplements are not taken consistently or as they are intended to be taken. Like with anything, consistency is key and what works for one person may not work for another person. There are various factors to take into consideration, but we always recommend speaking to a professional that knows you, and your health, if you are ever unsure about anything or if you need extra guidance. 

Looking for products that are worth your time and money, and you know that you can trust? Shop our product range here.

 

References

1. Franklin, J., n.d. (online) Available at: https://yfsmagazine.com/2017/06/07/the-best-ingredients-to-look-for-in-brain-boosting-nootropics/ (Accessed 8 March 2022).

2. Julson, E., 2018. 9 Health Benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom (Plus Side Effects). (online) Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/lions-mane-mushroom#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3 (Accessed 8 March 2022).

3. Mehta, F., 2021. What You Should Know About the Benefits and Risks of L-Theanine. (online) Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/l-theanine#benefits-and-uses (Accessed 8 March 2022).



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