There are some times in life when one needs to be super productive to complete a huge task in a limited amount of time. In such situations, black coffee and willpower can only take you so far. Above that, coffee causes anxiety in people too, so it’s not a healthy and reliable option. In situations like these, Nootropics can prove to be a lifesaver for many.

What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics is a very widely used term for any drug, supplement or food which enhances cognitive function. These are also commonly referred to as cognitive enhancers or smart drugs. They work in different ways, depending on the particular enhancer used.

Some nootropics work by increasing the oxygen flow to the brain. When the blood that is delivered to the brain is more oxygen-rich, it has higher ability to function, learn and remember. The way the brain distributes oxygen is to the life-supporting areas and functions first, then to “extra” functions like memory. This means that when it is getting plenty of oxygen, it has plenty to give to the higher functions. When it is deprived in any way, the higher functions will be shut down to a bare minimum operation.

Other nootropics work by increasing the neurochemicals in the brain. Neurochemicals are what carry electrical charges throughout the brain, and a lack of them means there will be a lack in the messaging system of the brain. Learning, focus, clarity, and memory do not happen in one part of the brain. Instead, one part of the brain is responsible for perceiving information, then that part sends it to another part which is in charge of interpreting it, which sends it to another part in charge of remembering it. Nootropics that increase neurochemicals will make this entire process more efficient so each part of the brain gets the information it is supposed to.

Still other nootropics stimulate nerve and neurotransmitter growth. If neurochemicals carry messages in the brain, neurotransmitters are what send and receive those messages. The more you have, the more information can be processed effectively. Nerves in the brain and spinal column are also responsible for carrying information gathered from the outside to and through the brain.

Numerous studies have been done on nootropics with conflicting results. One study of nootropics will be determined a failure while the next will be determined a major success. This is mainly due to the perception of the person or persons conducting the nootropics study, as well as the fact that measuring cognitive ability is extremely difficult. Most often, patients report an increase in mental clarity and a newfound ability to learn and remember more information than ever before.

Nootopics are commonly used to treat people with cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and stroke victims. Some, however, do not require a prescription and can be taken by anyone interested in improving cognitive ability. A few things like smoking, alcohol, illness or other medications can ruin the effectiveness of nootropics or cause an adverse reaction. It is advised that anyone who wishes to try nootropics refrain from these and/or speak with a doctor about possible reactions.

Nootropics are relatively new. They’ve been around for a few decades, but their explosion on the international market as supplements is still a fairly recent happening, with very few ‘street names’ thus far being attached to them.

Known alternatively, and very genially, as smart drugs, intelligent enhancers, or memory enhancers, they are on the market as supplements, designed to boost our mental faculties, improving, among other things, alertness, focus, memory, and concentration. Therefore, we need to look at some of the more famous ones because there are a lot out there, so which ones are more effective than others?

Best Nootropics For Increased Productivity

Vinpocetine

Vinpocetine is taken from the periwinkle plant, and has been on the US market as a supplement for just over a decade. Before that, however, it was widely available throughout Europe, where, following extensive and clinical study, it was universally regarded as being extremely effective for brain and memory function. Results of the study showed improved cerebral circulation and greater cognitive performance in the individual. It was even found that vinpocetine prevented cognitive decline – before vinpocetine, there had been nothing to suggest, aid, or prevent such a decline. Much research and nootropics review, therefore, has been done on this particular nootropic to suggest that not only is it safe, but that it is a powerful, effective and wholly reliable supplement.

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Oxiracetam

Racetam is a family of drugs, containing both nootropics and stimulants, with Oxiracetam being one of the cognitive enhancing nootropic members. Racetam’s may all have the same goal – to boost our mental faculties – but, owing to their different natures, not all results will be adequate for each individual. Oxiracetam, like it’s family members, is non-toxic and aids the production of glutamate, which is a non-essential amino acid that is vital for the strengthening and preservation of our memory.

Oxiracetam’s effects on the human body are very similar to those induced by caffeine; it can feel like a stimulant, giving you a bolt of energy in the morning, waking you up, and increasing your alertness. This mimicry of a stimulant makes it a nootropic that has a few aces up its sleeves; it can bolster memory and focus, as well as giving you a jolt of energy. Its effects can be described as being effective much quicker than any of its racetam brothers, which can either be an advantage or a disadvantage, owing to the person taking it, and the effects they are looking for. I recommend this brand.

Modafinil

Modafinil has come to be known as the ‘wakefulness’ drug. Approved by the US’ FDA for treatment of narcolepsy, and shift work disorder, the purpose of this drug is to keep you awake and focused, which therefore makes it handy for studying, reading, and for working extremely long and changeable shifts. It significantly improves concentration levels, waking you up, and aiding your chances of increased learning and studying.

It was approved by the FDA in 1998 for treatment of narcolepsy, and has only recently made its way into the mainstream as a potential ‘wonder drug’ that can help, in particular, students studying for exams. The reason for such a delay may be down to a degree of skepticism over its benefits for high-performing students. Sufferers of narcolepsy will naturally benefit from a drug which produces effects of wakefulness and greater concentration; but the research into its benefits on non-sleep deprived individuals are so far vague and inconclusive. This explosion in the student market has led to some concern over its safety in the long term, and whether a reliance on such a drug is unhealthy.

Regardless, in 2013 it was hailed as a potential ‘wonder drug’ and its popularity is spreading.

Cognitive enhancement aside, modafinil has been used to treat fatigue, particularly in depression, which further suggests its usefulness to those suffering from an inability to ‘wake up’ throughout the day and retain focus on what is needed – studying, for example. It has also been suggested that modafinil may be a possible method for the treatment of cocaine addiction, as well as ADHD, making it a nootropic with various uses.

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