Nootropics-pronounced (NO-TRAW- PICKS), are substances that improve memory and facilitate learning. Although the term might be new to you, you may take a supplement or do something that helps you focus and think more clearly.
Many of us refer to this “coffee.” For others, it is the B vitamins. B12 “energy shots” are common, but not safe.
As a health coach, the complaint of “brain fog” is in the top 3 for most of my clients. Having more energy overall is number one. Nootropics have been a great solution in my practice.
We know we can feed our bodies optimally. But what do your feed your brain? Nootropics! Of course, we still must USE it or lose it.
Past research claimed that you never regrow brain cells. Once they are gone, they are gone. I have some encouraging news to share with you.
Science has come a long way to the understanding that we know that the brain DOES, in fact, regenerate. It’s not too late to find your better brain so, why not give one of these a try?
Ultimately, science tells us that pro-regenerative molecules can participate in replacing and repairing damaged or diseased neurons and glial cells.
My Top Nootropic Hacks
Pure Therapeutic Ketones
I recently listened to a podcast by Tim Ferris, a well-known biohacker. His guest was Dominic D’Agostino of the University of South Florida (Morsani College).
Dr. D’Agostino brought therapeutic ketones and their research to the public. He speaks of how he mitigates his loss of sleep when crossing continents while traveling. Quite a large number of athletes use therapeutic grade ketone supplements like this KETO OS for lasting energy and focus during workouts.
The benefits of ketones on human performance is now significantly documented. There is growing research around how this ultimate human fuel helps your brain create NEW neurons. Astonishingly, the scientific community has a century of validation for using ketogenic diets for epileptic patients.
However, most recently, ketones are studied as the first line of defense for concussion and traumatic brain injury. Not surprising.
Huperzine A – A Nootropic for Memory
In his interview, Dr. D’Agostino also mentioned that he “stacked” the ketone product with Huperzine A. Coming from someone who studies the brain for a living, I had to see for myself if this could work for me. I see this as a “must try” for anyone seeking a better brain. The result for me came in less than an hour.
It seems that Huperzine A helps all of your neurotransmitters work better. According to WEB MD “Huperzine “A” is thought to be beneficial for problems with memory loss.
Additionally, benefits are seen for (dementia) and the muscular disorder myasthenia gravis. Levels of acetylcholine increase with nootropics such as Huperzine A.
Apparently, the importance of this increase in acetylcholine is significant because acetylcholine is a chief neurotransmitter of your parasympathetic nervous system.
Perhaps one day, this Nootropic may be used to help addiction sufferers. For brains that need a dopamine “feel good”, Huperzine A is not addictive and may support dopamine increase.
Bacopa Monierri – The Nootropic for Better Recall
It’s no secret that I love when a single herb or combination of herbs shows us the power simple remedies to help us be better versions of ourselves. Bacopa is a little trailing plant praised for cognition, recall, and overall memory enhancement as well as increased brain activity.
Vinpocetine – The Nootropic for Blood Flow
Vinpocetine is a man-made chemical resembling a substance found in the pretty purple periwinkle. The botanical name is “Vinca Minor.”
While Vinpocetine cannot claim to be completely natural, it sells by prescription in Germany under the brand name Cavinton. Vinpocetine studies to date seem to show there is an increase of blood flow to the brain in several studies. Increasing use in . All of these Nootropics can help combat inflammation. Inflammation is kryptonite for your brain.
An inflamed brain is an aging brain. Here are a few other tips for a brain in tip-top shape.
5 Simple Tips for a Better Brain
Dr. David Perlmutter has written two books on the very subject of brain health. ONE main vein runs through all of his books. We can eat our way to a better brain. The other is that inflammation is what starts one down the path of cognitive decline.
Any time we can cut down on inflammation systemically we benefit our bodies and our brains. Here are 3 quick tips to reduce inflammation.
- Keep dietary sugars low and eat MORE fat. The brain is about 60% fat. Sugar isn’t brain food. Avocado and egg yolk are brain superfoods.
- Anything that affects the gut affects the brain. Eat a clean, whole food diet. Take a good probiotic multi-strain supplement. Switch different strains occasionally. Avoid diet sodas and processed foods.
- Avoid overexercising which causes accelerated inflammation and free radicals.
- Learn something NEW! Exercise your brain the way you exercise your body. Flexing your “mental muscle builds new brain cells. Chess anyone??
- Understand that your brain is not a “processor” it is a RECEIVER. Slow down. Meditate and be mindful.
One should not take any natural or synthetic supplements without first consulting a qualified physician. This article is for informational purposes only.