What Is a Nootropic?

Let's be honest, who wouldn't want to boost their brain power? Ever since the movie, everyone is searching for a limitless pill variant. Who blames them? Eliminating the Hollywood shiny lights, nootropics are pretty F'ing close.

What Is a Nootropic?
Nootropics (pronounced "new-tro-pik") are naturally derived chemicals that have been used to improve brain function for thousands of years. Because we're proper, let's see what Wiki has to say... "Nootropics are drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals". Oooo sounds great, unsure about the "drugs" reference but shrug.

How do Nootropics work?
Ok, let's talk science. Nootropics optimize your brain function by influencing brain waves, cerebral blood blow, cellular energy, as well as neurotransmitters.

Brain Energy - Ever feel mentally fatigued or experience brain fog? If so, you could be low on brain energy. When you’re awake and using your brain, 2/3 of your ATP fuels brain function. Nootropics increase the levels of ATP in the brain.

Neurotransmitters -
Neurotransmitters send chemical messages between neurons, these signals can be increased through the use of nootropics.

Serotonin influences certain functions like mood, appetite, and sleep.

Dopamine aides the flow of information to the front of your brain, not enough dopamine can result in ADHD

Norepinephrine acts as a stress hormone, in the brain, it acts like a neurotransmitter where it helps attention and focus.

Ok.... dumbing down the science talk, nootropics act to increase each of these neurotransmitters which in turn, increases the added benefits listed above!