Nootropics: How to Boost Your Brain
Over the last few years, the importance of mental wellbeing has become ever more prominent, with meditation and mindfulness exercises soaring in popularity across the health and fitness community as a result. But did you know that your nutrition can have just as impactful an effect on your mind? Enter nootropics. Are they more than just a buzzword? Short answer: absolutely. We're here to explain why.
What are nootropics?
Nootropics are substances that improve cognitive function, in particular relating to focus, creativity, memory, and information recall. Some nootropics will already feature regularly in your diet (for example L-theanine, the stress reducing amino acid found in tea), whilst others you'll probably need to search a little further afield to get hold of (you mean pine bark isn't already part of your diet...?).
Nootropics exist in both synthetic (manmade, e.g. adderall) and natural (i.e. found in nature) forms, and both can have positive effects on your mental functioning. However, wholly speaking, natural nootropics are more widely researched in terms of long-term effects and safety.
What are some examples?
Natural nootropics are typically derived from plants or fungi. Here are some of our faves:
- L-theanine. A naturally occurring amino acid found in tea leaves. Studies have shown it to effectively induce calm, without causing drowsiness.
- Rhodiola rosea. An adaptogenic flowering plant that helps your body handle stress more easily. Also proven to boost mental processing and improve attention span.
- Lion's mane mushroom. An edible (and medicinal!) mushroom known for its ability to boost mood and reduce anxiety.
- Siberian ginseng. A small shrub that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Helps to improve mood, reduce adrenal fatigue and improve memory and learning capacity.
How do they work?
Different nootropics affect the brain in different ways, from enhancing neurogenesis to improving cerebral circulation and neuron activity. Generally speaking, nootropics can provide the brain with the conditions required to work at its maximum potential, meaning neural responses are accelerated and neurotransmitters are optimally balanced. Translation: quick thinking and goods moods.
Typically, the more you get of these natural nootropics in your diet, the more you'll experience their positive effects, as they have a compounding effect that becomes more noticeable over time - so stick with it, and the benefits will stick with you!
How do I take them?
Leave it to Innermost. All of our products contain nootropics and adaptogens to specifically enhance physical and mental function.
The Focus Capsules combine siberian ginseng, taurine, CDP-choline, rhodiola rosea and black pepper extract to improve focus, energy and alertness.
The Relax Capsules contain lion's mane mushroom, L-tyrosine, pine bark extract, 5-HTP and L-theanine to regulate stress hormones and sleep cycles, and improve mood.
About the writers:
Innermost is a ground-breaking nutritional supplements brand that's been creating waves through its game-changing products and contemporary brand values. Founded to challenge convention, Innermost makes smart nutrition products packed with the right functional ingredients to offer you so much more. Formulated by leading nutritionists, each unique product supports different goals, lifestyles and values. You can find out more about Innermost here: www.liveinnermost.com.
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