Did you know…?
…that in 1972, Corneliu Giurgea, a Romanian chemist, coined the word “nootropics” to describe compounds that “could turn mind”.
Nootropics are brain boosters, also called “smart drugs” or “cognitive enhancers”. They are substances believed to enhance the mental functions, ranging from nutritional supplements to synthetic drugs. The term “smart drugs” may suggest that these substances improve our IQ or make us smarter. But is it the case? In a way, yes.
Nootropics work by increasing the production and signaling of neurotransmitters to boost the brain functions (like improved concentration, memory, and longer attention spans). Nootropics are also believed to improve the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and blood to the brain, improving its plasticity and helping it perform better. Caffeine is the most widely used nootropic. But even if caffeine boosts energy and improves focus, does it actually make us smarter? Common sense says no 🙂
Business lady having a cup of fresh black coffee, view over the shoulder
Other nootropics supplements include fish oil, gingko Biloba, chocolate or tea. None of these make us smarter
either, however promising evidence shows improvement in cognitive function such as more mental energy, more focus, and alertness. This is definitely a plus – they cannot raise IQ, but they can still improve how the brain works by improving the neuronal paths. More research is needed to support these claims, but as long as they are
natural (like coffee) or plant-based (like gingko Biloba, fish oil, chocolate, tea), they can do no harm when taken in moderation. So check how they work for yourself – next time you go shopping, put them on your shopping list.
Let us know how they worked for you!