AREN’T NOOTROPICS DRUGS?
While some nootropics do take the form of prescription drugs, what can be defined as a ‘nootropic’ spans far and wide. Generally speaking, nootropics can be broadly broken down into 3 categories:
1. NATURAL NOOTROPICS
Natural nootropics are entirely natural ingredients that have awesome effects on brain health and overall wellness. They are sourced from fully natural sources like herbs, minerals, vitamins, superfoods, and plants. Green Tea, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, L-Theanine and good old fashioned Coffee Beans are all examples of natural nootropics.
Natural nootropics are used all over the world to improve focus, motivation, and creativity. Some natural nootropics like L-Theanine are also apoptogenic, which means they help your body manage stress.
The more of these natural ingredients you have in your diet, the more positive effects you’ll experience. You know what they say: a Ginkgo Biloba a day keeps the fuzzies away! Well, they don’t… but they should!
2. SYNTHETIC NOOTROPICS
Artificial nootropics (also known as synthetic nootropics) are usually those found in drugs and medicines and are created through non-natural processes. They’re often man-made pills formulated in a lab and are designed to boost cognitive function. Think smart drugs, like Piracetam which is often prescribed to patients with Alzheimer’s or vertigo.
Some types of synthetic nootropics mimic components naturally found in the body, plants, and herbs. They’re usually regulated as drugs or medicines and go through extensive trials to ensure effectiveness and safety. Synthetic nootropics aren’t for everyone, and you should always check in with your doctor before taking any synthetic nootropic supplements.
3. PRESCRIPTION NOOTROPICS
Prescription nootropics are used to treat a specific health issue. Those who have a condition that severely impacts their cognitive function can be prescribed more potent prescription nootropics.
Adderall and Modafinil are two examples of prescription nootropics that are commonly prescribed to people with ADHD or narcolepsy. They work by increasing your levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, two chemicals that improve your focus and concentration.
It’s important to note that taking prescription drugs when you don’t have these disorders may have a negative effect. Prescription nootropics should only be taken by people who have been prescribed them. And as always, it’s important to check in with your doctor before taking any prescription supplements.