Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Instagram Icon Pinterest Icon translation missing: en.general.icons.tumblr Icon Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video
6 Natural Nootropics That Will Make You Smarter And Boost Productivity

6 Natural Nootropics That Will Make You Smarter And Boost Productivity

#swolefit | May 31, 2018 | 0 comments
  • Post author
    Walter Hinchman

You’re already smart. Not only that, but you’re also productive. And if you’re anything like me then you probably wake up at 5 A.M. every morning and set out to conquer the world by noon each day. But some days, you’re not just as productive as others. Most people will use the excuse that “there’s just not enough time in the day.” Well, time is a fixed variable and unfortunately, you have no control over the principles of the universe. But, what you do have control over is how you use that time.

Being productive really depends on how you feel. Can you think clearly, do you have enough energy, are you able to focus? We all have days where we just don’t feel 100%. We feel tired, have brain fog, we’re inattentive, and groggy, which has a direct impact on our efficiency and what you can accomplish in a day. But, what if you could control how you felt? Boost your productivity levels, work more efficiently, and ultimately accomplish more? You can.

Sleep, physical activity, and nutrition all have a direct impact on how you feel. But even if you workout, eat great, and get 8 hours of sleep each night, there are still ways in which you can optimize your brain function and boost productivity. We call them Nootropics; natural supplements that promote improvements in brain function, memory recall, mental clarity, and focus.

Nootropics, also known as ‘smart drugs’, are used to help enhance your mental clarity and provide you with increased cognitive function to boost productivity. Nootropics are categorized in one of two ways, synthetic or natural. Prescription medications like Adderall and Ritalin would be considered synthetic cognitive enhancers, along with recreational drugs such as LSD and Cocaine. But most of us aren’t going to be taking a morning key bump with our coffee or dialing our old college roommate for Adderall. So what are some natural nootropics that can help boost your productivity and how do they work? 

How Do Natural Nootropics Work?

Natural nootropics are proven to boost brain function while at the same time make the brain healthier. 

Natural Nootropics Increase Blood Brain Circulation

Natural nootropics act as a vasodilator against the small arteries and veins in the brain. Taking a natural nootropic supplement will help increase blood circulation to your brain, which enhances vital nutrient and oxygen uptake, which in turn increases energy and mood.1

Natural Nootropics Facilitate Energy Production

The brain receives 15% of the body's total blood supply and oxygen. In fact, the brain can only generate energy from burning glucose, proving that neurons depend on the continuous supply of oxygen and nutrients. In contrast to most of the other cells in the human body, neurons cannot be reproduced and are irreplaceable. The neuron cells are persistently expending the converted energy to maintain the repair of the cell compartments. The energy generated from the glucose is crucial for maintenance, electrical, and neurotransmitter purposes 2

Natural Nootropics Reduce Inflammation Of The Brain

The effect of natural nootropics is also shown to reduce inflammation occurrence in the brain. The administration of nootropics will protect the brain from toxins and minimizes the effects of brain aging. Effects of natural nootropics in improving the brain function are also contributed through the stimulation of new neuron cells. With the production of new neuron cells, brain activity is increased, enhancing your ability to think clearly, rationally, and improve memory.

Without a doubt, natural nootropics can help you become more productive, improve memory recall, and enhance your mental clarity and focus. And if taken prophylactically once a day, studies show that it can slow the aging process and fight cerebral degeneration. Alzheimer’s and dementia are very real things and a chronic illness that can dramatically affect you later on in life. Slowing the aging process is extremely important if you want to increase the quality of your life, as you get older.

What Are The Best Natural Nootropics?

Ginkgo Biloba

Originally from China, Ginkgo Biloba is extracted from the oldest tree species on earth, the Chinese Ginkgo tree. Ginkgo contains two distinct chemical properties, flavonoids, and terpenoids. These active components have extremely strong antioxidant properties, which may in fact; help slow down the progression of age-related diseases, by combating stress. Studies show that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart, and blood vessels from damage, while terpenoids improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets. 

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri is a medicinal Ayurvedic herb. Traditionally used as a mental enhancer, and with a collection of clinical evidence, Bacopa Monnieri has proven to have substantial natural nootropic properties by increasing cerebral blood flow and modulating neurotransmitters.3 If that’s not impressive enough, Bacopa promotes free radical scavenger mechanisms and protects cells in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum against cytotoxicity and DNA damage. With impressive neuroprotective effects, Bacopa Monnieri proves to be a powerful natural nootropic and one of the best nootropics that can help in memory recall and total memory improvement4 

Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is present in every cell of the human body and is particularly concentrated in the brain, which makes it an easy candidate as one of the best nootropic supplements. Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that contains both amino acids and fatty acids. The phospholipid acts as a gatekeeper regulating the flow of nutrients and protects brain cells from toxins. The omega 3-fatty acids work synergistically with Phosphatidylserine to form the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. Phosphatidylserine is a critical component in the maintenance of all cellular function, especially cognitive function. Research has shown that Phosphatidylserine is critical in its ability to aid in bone matrix formation, cell repair for the immune system, heart rhythm, and hormone secretion by the adrenal glands.

Omega 3 (EPA & DHA)

Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids, which are a critical component of overall health. The three omega-3s that are commonly found in your food are Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). One of the many benefits of Omega-3s is the ability to act as a natural nootropic and cognitive enhancer. Evidence suggests that EPA and DHA have unique effects and properties as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative and neurological disorders. Several studies have also concluded that EPA improves cognitive performance and reduces aggression.6

In a very interesting study conducted by the University of Wollongong in South Wales, Australia, 136 male adult prisoners were recruited to study the correlation between Omega-3 supplementation and aggression. The study found that lower levels of Omega-3 were directly correlated with increased aggression and attention deficit disorder.

Due to its antioxidant properties and bioavailability, the best natural nootropic for Omega-3 supplementation is Krill Oil. As you learned above Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid, and the Omega 3 fatty acids found in Krill Oil are composed of Phospholipids, as opposed to Triglycerides found in Fish Oil. (READ MORE on the benefits of Krill Oil Vs Fish Oil)

Elitrope

Elitrope is perhaps the best smart drug on the market. Elitrope has a unique combination of clinically proven and evidence-based ingredients, that help enhance neural activity and cognitive function. Elitrope contains Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa Monnieri, Phosphatidylserine, St. Johns Wort, and L-Carnitine. The unique combination of natural nootropics in Elitrope is one of the best to help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and helps in elevating mood and boosting productivity. Instead of taking one ingredient imagine taking them all at once. (LEARN MORE about how Elitrope can help you boost productivity)

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an acetylated version of the amino acid L-Carnitine and natural nootropic. ALCAR is used as a natural nootropic due to its ability to improve cognitive function and learning capacity. 7 ALCAR works by creating acetylcholine, the primary neurotransmitter required for learning and memory.

ALCAR can also improve mental clarity, alertness, processing speed, focus, mood, and memory. ALCAR is most commonly found in red meat, therefore if you’re a vegan or rarely eat red meat, this would be an important natural nootropic to supplement with.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a way to be more productive, enhance memory recall, and increase focus, then you should consider taking a natural nootropic supplement. Synthetic medications have various side effects and can do more harm than good in the long run. Consider a supplement that has the vital ingredients to help you meet your goals, and power your active lifestyle.

Want To Optimize Your Potential? 

Get the nutrients you need to enhance your mental clarity, memory, and focus

References 

  1. Kessler J., Thiel A., Karbe H., Heiss W. D. Piracetam improves activated blood flow and facilitates rehabilitation of poststroke aphasic patients. Stroke. 2000;31(9):2112–2116. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.31.9.2112. [PubMed] [Cross Ref]
  1. Raichle M. E., Mintun M. A. Brain work and brain imaging. Annual Review of Neuroscience. 2006;29:449–476. doi: 10.1146/annurev.neuro.29.051605.112819. [Cross Ref]
  1. Kumar V., Khanna V. K., Seth P. K., Singh P. N., Bhattacharya S. K. Brain neurotransmitter receptor binding and nootropic studies on Indian Hypericum perforatum Linn. Phytotherapy Research. 2002;16(3):210–216. doi: 10.1002/ptr.1101. [PubMed] [Cross Ref]
  1. Aguiar S, Borowski T. Neuropharmacological review of the nootropic herb Bacopa monnieri. Rejuvenation Res. 2013;16(4):313-26.
  2. Chaudhari, Kaustubh S. et al. “Neurocognitive Effect of Nootropic Drug Brahmi(Bacopa Monnieri) in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Annals of Neurosciences 24.2 (2017): 111–122. PMC. Web. 31 May 2018.
  3. Bauer I, Hughes M, Rowsell R, et al. Omega-3 supplementation improves cognition and modifies brain activation in young adults. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2014;29(2):133-44.
  4. Kobayashi S, Iwamoto M, Kon K, Waki H, Ando S, Tanaka Y. Acetyl-L-carnitine improves aged brain function. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2010;10 Suppl 1:S99-106.
  5. Raichle M. E., Mintun M. A. Brain work and brain imaging. Annual Review of Neuroscience. 2006;29:449–476. doi: 10.1146/annurev.neuro.29.051605.112819. [Cross Ref]
  6. Radhika P., Annapurna A., Rao S. N. Immunostimulant, cerebroprotective & nootropic activities of Andrographis paniculata leaves extract in normal & type 2 diabetic rats. The Indian Journal of Medical Research. 2012;135(5):636–641. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

  • Post author
    Walter Hinchman

Comments on this post (0)

Leave a comment