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Nootropic supplements: What you should know about them

Nootropic supplements: What you should know about them

People who are naturally brainy aren’t new to us anymore. For sure, you’ve come across several of them throughout your life. From your nerdy classmate who ace all exams all the time, especially, that most dreaded math, to your talented workmate who’s always quick to think creative, out-of-the-box ideas for your next client pitch. Perhaps, these persons we’re talking about are even you yourself.  

If not, you might be amazed at just how easy for those people to study, memorize things, ace their exams and think great ideas super quick, like, how did they do it, seriously? How are they able to accomplish so many things in just a limited amount of time? Why is their focus so sharp?  

Because of that, some individuals who wish to enhance their mental function turned to nootropics a.k.a. “smart drugs”. Speaking of which, you can try to check the Nootropics Nerd to learn more about this topic. But do these supplements really make you smart as you’d wish? 

 

Getting to Know Nootropics 

Nootropics or smart drugs are supplements that aim to improve several aspects of cognitive function including attention span, ability to remember details as well as the ability to think clearly. In the previous years, it has gained so much popularity that various brands and products made of a variety of ingredients continue to flood the market.  

Several natural ingredients known for their brain-boosting benefits are commonly added to these supplements. These include bacopa monnieri, rhodiola rosea, ginkgo biloba and panax ginseng. There are also those that are made of other chemicals we may not be familiar with. And that’s actually what you should be wary about.  

In the first place, would you take in something that’s not even familiar to you? Someone who is mindful about his health will always think twice about any new supplements he would like to try, especially if that’s something that may change the brain chemistry.  

Adverse effects are real. Think about insomnia, jitters and even psychosis, though psychosis is already a severe case scenario and it’s a rare situation that it could actually happen to someone who takes nootropics. Learn more from this useful source  

 

 

Consult Your Doctor 

There are many nootropic supplements out there that are ineffective. Worse, they can cause various side effects like sleeplessness, headaches and palpitations. Thus, it goes without saying that you should consult your doctor before taking one to determine whether it’s really right for you. Who knows, all you really need is to gradually do a few lifestyle changes for effective brain boost without taking any supplements.  

In addition, there are smart drugs that are actually prescription-based, which means you’re not allowed to purchase them if you can’t show a valid prescription from your physician. This is because some smart drugs are actually used to treat certain conditions like insomnia or even sleep apnea.  

Yes, there are indeed several sites that sell prescription-based smart drugs without the doctor’s prescription, but please note that this isn’t legal. Also, you might be jeopardizing your health. Say, it’s okay for you to take nootropics, but do you know how exactly is the right way to take them? For example, do you know what dosage would be right for you?  

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then, don’t stack these supplements in your medicine cabinet right away. Consult your doctor. If he sees that it would be beneficial to your health, then, that’s the time you can give it a go.  

But don’t forget to do extensive research about it on your own and don’t be afraid to raise some questions to your doctor whenever you need to. Meanwhile, find out some possible reasons why you’re experiencing brain fog: https://www.webmd.com/brain/ss/slideshow-brain-fog 

Your doctor might even advise you to stop taking it altogether if you notice inconvenient symptoms like palpitations and insomnia. Also, these supplements shouldn’t be in any way taken for a long period of time though they aren’t addictive. After all, nothing beats good nutrition, regular exercise and a healthy sleep schedule in boosting your mental function and relieving stress.  

And oh, if you’re feeling a bit sluggish today, there’s always a good reason to love that good old cappuccino or the comforting green tea. You’ll feel instantly energized and excited to hit the ground running.