Use Of Nootropics In Brain Health: An Overview
Supplements are mostly used as adjuncts in the healthcare system. Most of them do not or cannot replace the normal drugs you would use in the management of your disease and why they rarely have any major side effects, you must inform your healthcare provider before taking them. While some look for supplements to add more weight and even lose some, a few are concerned about their brain health. Hence they look for drugs that would help with this regard. These drugs are called smart pills.
They are called this because of what they do, which is to help improve the cognitive performance of the brain, with memory and also boost the brain performance.
But first, let us discuss what these nootropics are all about.
Nootropics are supplements or any chemical that promotes understanding and recovery of knowledge and also protects the brain from any biological and/or chemical inebriation. They may even produce these effects through an enhancement of the acetylcholine or dopamine release.
They are called smart drugs for a reason, and this reason is that they are a class of substances that boost brain performance. In other contexts, they may be referred to as cognition enhancers or memory enhancers.
Mostly, these drugs come as a prescription drugs, meaning you would need a doctor’s note to buy them from the pharmacy or they must be used under the guidance of one. Those who use these drugs are those managing ADHD, narcolepsy, dementia and even in Alzheimer’s disease. The drug may contain a type of stimulant called amphetamine.
Others include Adderall, methylphenidate, modafinil, methylphenidate and memantine.
Most drugs have their side effects and the most common side effects of these drugs include
- High blood pressure
- Tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
- Insomnia and some other sleep irregularities
- Trouble with sight
- Addiction and sometimes tolerance.
Some naturally occurring nootropics can be sold as an over counter drug, they are
- Omega-3 fatty acid
- Gingko Biloba
- Panax ginseng
Some other nootropics have been set aside for their use and are also based on some reviews of those who may have used them. They include
- Mind Lab Pro
- Focus Factor
Some of these over-the-counter nootropics do not have a special claim as to their use in boosting brain performance yet, so some of their results or claims may not be as what you see on their website. It’s for this reason that you must be extremely cautious when buying any of these products online. ensure you read their customer reviews and also check the constituent of the drugs. A handful of these supplements have their side effects – albeit minimal but they still would affect your quality of life.
Contact your healthcare provider before you ingest any of them.