The Truth About Nootropics

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Many people are intrigued by nootropics and their ability to sharpen focus, boost memory and reduce the onset of cognitive decline. However, these substances do not always deliver on the promises made by their makers and they should be used with caution, says Dr. Bindiya Gandhi, a double board-certified integrative and functional medicine physician who is also scientific advisor for Four Sigmatic, a company that offers products with nootropic ingredients.Read more :

Nootropics are a group of natural and synthetic compounds that improve cognitive function in cases where this function is impaired. They are usually well tolerated, but they can also have a range of side effects, from sedation to seizures and heart attacks. There are more than 130 over-the-counter nootropics, including ginseng, guarana, creatine and Bacopa monnieri, plus Rx drugs such as piracetam, the ADHD medications Adderall and Ritalin and Aricept for Alzheimer’s disease.

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The ingredients of a nootropic stack are designed to work together, creating a synergistic effect. For example, citicoline helps prevent memory loss while sharpening focus and thinking skills, whereas Maritime Pine Bark Extract is known to help protect against oxidative stress that can negatively impact mental health.

Caffeine is often included in nootropic supplements because it can stimulate the central nervous system and amplify the effectiveness of other compounds. It is important to keep in mind, however, that caffeine can interfere with sleep patterns and should be used sparingly (no more than 400 mg a day, which is about the amount found in 4-5 cups of coffee). This will ensure you get enough restful sleep while still feeling alert and able to perform at your peak.