Are there supplements which can boost brain power? As a matter of fact yes, there are nutrients, artificial drugs and natural herbs which can improve memory, protect against dementia and even spur brain tissue growth!
Your Brain and Limitless Possibilities
In the movie “Limitless”, Bradley Cooper’s character Eddy Morra comes into possession of the Nootropic drug NZT-48. After ingesting the drug, Eddy experiences a significant boost in brain power. Experiencing 100% perfect recall, focus and comprehension. The movie explores how the drug totally transforms Eddy’s confidence and lifestyle, and also includes battling a rival russian gangster whom also gets his hand’s on some NZT-48.
Now as far as reality is concerned there is no drug out there which can match the capabilities of the fictional drug NZT-48. But there are prescription drugs e.g. Adderall and Modafinil which many users (many University students and ADHD users) who swear these drugs can give you almost Zen like concentration levels.
Nootropics and BioHacking
Now the thing about brain enhancements (Nootropics) is that it is both an art and science. The whole subject of Nootropics itself can be considered a sub topic under “BioHacking”. Seeing the human body itself as a complicated living nano-biological machine, this places the whole human race on a wide spectrum of health and vitality.
This broad spectrum of health and vitality also encompasses sickness and disease which unfortunately can have unforseen consequences as to the effectiveness of Nootropic supplements. One person’s brain boosting supplement may prove to be a dud for another person. Or worst case, the other person cannot properly metabolize the supplement and ends up with liver damage (e.g. Modafinil).
Fortunately for most of us taking a good brain boosting supplement does not have to be a risky affair. Reputable brand names and transparency of the ingredients minimizes those risks.
Boost Nootropic Effectiveness by “Stacking”
To get around the issue of ineffective Nootropic supplements, it has been discovered that mixing various ingredients or whole supplements in specific ratios considerably boosts the effective attributes of those individual components (Stacking). For example someone may take some Aniracetam along with some GABA and Bacopa monnieri to reduce stress and anxiety but also drastically increase focus and memory retention for studying.
Now the topic of “stacking” can be more than just mixing Nootropic ingredients around. Some people have turned it into a precise science and know exactly how much, when and what to eat with the stack to get near full effectiveness. Indeed, the topic of stacking can be both art and science depending on the thoroughness and discipline of the user.
Your State of Health Determines How Effective Nootropics Are
One thing that I have seen being overlooked consistently is the overall state of the person’s health. Now just think about it for a moment, if someone has liver damage, brain damage or has problems absorbing nutrients from food. How effective do you think ingesting a Nootropic supplement will be? Being honest about your health and any other alcohol or prescriptions that you use will go a long way in determining how best to take a Nootropic.
Some 1 star reviews on Amazon.com for various Nootropic supplements may actually be due to poor nutrient absorption or high toxicity levels in the customers. Of course this is hard to prove but something to keep in mind when researching which Nootropic to take via reviews.
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