Written by Sara Uffelman
Fact checked by The Brain Blog Team
Nootropics: what are they? Nootropics can be classified as pills, supplements, and other substances designed to improve various aspects of cognition including memory, creativity, mood, and motivation. Commonly referred to as “brain-booster” or “smart drugs,” they support memory and cognitive performance and provide neuro-protection in healthy people. Basically, Nootropics boost brain power and protect your brain from deteriorating over time.
Nootropics come in many forms—natural, synthetic, and pharmaceutical. While synthetic drugs, such as Adderall and other similarly strong stimulants can improve immediate focus and concentration, many studies suggest that they actually harm cognitive function in the long run. Similarly, synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs are also known to contain addictive properties and ingredients that can cause long-term negative side effects to our bodies. Not all Nootropics are 100% natural, which is why the types of ingredients you choose is the most important thing to pay attention to when looking for a Nootropic. Natural, nutritional nootropics (in addition to being an A+ alliteration) can be beneficial for many areas of human cognition and brain function, without the negative side effects!
Some of the most popular all-natural nootropics, like Memory Health, are a mixture of plant-based nutrients, vitamins, lipids, phytochemicals and antioxidants that studies have linked to healthy brain function. Memory Health is a patented formula of powerful plant based nutrients (also known as carotenoids: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin), Omega-3 fish oil (DHA and EPA), and Natural Vitamin E. The Memory Health Formula® was developed by scientists and tested in clinical trials on both diseased and healthy brains. The results of these trials showed improvement in cognitive function, executive function, memory, focus, mood, mental health and overall brain health across both segments of healthy and diseased brains.