Remember the movie Limitless? It is about a guy who discovered a miracle drug that can unlock the remaining 90% of his brain. According to the medical journal, Science, only 10% of our brain is used. Imagine if people can access 100% of our brain function. It is too good to be true, right? But through the years, there has been an increase in people using Nootropics or commonly known as “Smart Drugs,” a brain supplement that helps people increase their mental stamina allowing them to do more without spending more time. The idea of using brain supplement is not new, and recent studies show that the popularity of this drug is rising and people are more interested in using it to achieve maximum performance.
So what are these so-called “Smart Drugs”? Are these supplements safe to use? Who are the people qualified to use it? These are the questions we will try to answer in this article, the who, where when why and how of Nootropics. This article will give you all the information that you needed to make an intelligent decision if the supplement is right for you or not.
What is this so-called “Smart Drug” or Nootropic and who takes them?
According to Dr. Corneliu Giurgea, the leading expert in Nootropics, to qualify a supplement as Nootropic drug, it must adhere to these simple rules:
- The supplement should enhance the user’s memory and cognitive function.
- It should enhance the brain function of the user even under stressful environment.
- It should protect the brain from free radicals and toxins.
- It should increase the efficacy of the neural control mechanism in both the sub-cortical and cortical region of our brain.
- It should not include powerful sedative or stimulants and should not have side-effects and most importantly, non-toxic.
As most expert says, because the variety of Nootropic supplement has increased through the years, it is impossible to explain how each drug works. It achieve its maximum effect by altering the supply of enzymes, hormones, and neurochemicals in our brain.
Daily Telegraph reported in 2013 that more than 25% of university students have experimented with a drug called Modafinil, a drug known to treat narcolepsy. Students used these drugs to stay awake for a more extended period and to help them boost their school performance during exams. In Silicon Valley, a place known for technology, techies use LSD to improve their cognitive process and creative skills. It is understood that taking small doses of LSD can improve people’s ability to get the job done. Most people don’t want to use unproven drugs, supplements or illegal drugs that’s why they resort to using different kinds of Nootropic drugs that are entirely legal and can help the brain reach its maximum potential. These supplements vary from natural ginseng to the most exotic supplement like phenylalanine.
What types of Nootropics are safe to use?
There are different kind of Nootropic supplements that are available in the market today that can be used on …