Common Natural Nootropic Ingredients
By Paul Gardner
As herbal supplements continue to surge in popularity, natural nootropics are becoming more freely available. While synthetic nootropics are available and largely safe to use, natural alternatives are equally as powerful and 100% side effect free.
Here I look at some of the most powerful and clinically proven natural nootropic ingredients:
This compound is derived from firmoss, which grows in south-east Asia. This ingredient prevents the production of acetylcholinesterase, a chemical that gets rid of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine if there‘s too much of it.
Higher amounts of acetylcholine boost cognition, memory and learning, so Huperzine-A has strong effects in this area. Acetylcholine is also integral to the formation of new brain cells and protecting brain cells from dying.
Recent research has raised a question about its long term use.. Not detracting from its beneficial effects, but it has been shown to linger and build up in the body, which now means that any product containing Huperzine A should ideally be cycled – ie taken for 8 weeks and then take a 2 week rest period before resuming.
Because of this, a number of key manufacturers have removed it from their formulas.
Maritime Pine Bark Extract
Delivers a potent source of proanthocyanidin antioxidants that cross the blood brain barrier, reducing the effects and damage caused by free radicals (every day toxins) to the brain cells.
It also helps produce additional nitric oxide which in turn directly helps boost blood flow throughout the brain, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to the brain cells, providing multi pathway brain support and regeneration, slowing the effects of age related cognitive decline.
It has proven benefits in that it can help boost attention, focus, memory and mental clarity
Lion’s mane is a mushroom found in North America and is prevalent in Chinese medicine to regulate blood glucose and lipid levels.
This ingredient is also known to improve cognitive ability and increase nerve growth factor secretions – proteins integral to the growth of the brain’ s neurons and an important contributor to brain functioning.
One of the most effective nootropic ingredients and one that I wholeheartedly recommend.
A phospholipid that makes up around 15% of the brains fats. found in greatest concentration in the brain cell membranes where it works to control and maintain fluidity, optimise receptors and ensure good levels of key neurotransmitters such as dopamine and acetylcholine.
It works to support and increase brain cell energy, it creates nerve growth factor (NGF) and helps to support the repair and regeneration of brain cells.
It can also help the brain clear damaged or toxic brain cells, before they cause harm to neighbouring cells
It is thought to boost memory and positive frame of mind, it can help slow don the cognitive decline linked to getting older – a fact endorsed by the FDA
PS can be obtained from number of sources but its generally considered that the form taken from sunflower lecithin is the most bioavailable and generally the most effective.
Found in wet climates in North America and India, this herb is a small white flower traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. Bacopa Monnieri is known for its cognitive enhancing powers, antioxidant properties and its use as epilepsy treatment.
The bacopasaponins alkaloid is derived from the bacopa monnieri plant – this is renowned for its role in memory formation and functioning, making it one of my fist choice nootropic compounds.
L-Theanine helps to boost the activity of alpha brainwaves – these are associated with increased creativity, wakeful relaxation along with the stress reducing properties produced by its ability to encourage the release of GABA, dopamine and serotonin AKA the feel good hormones..
It is also thought to also offer protective properties to the brains neurons, reducing the effects of age related problems such as brain fog and problems such as reduced ability to think clearly.
The best form to look for is the 100% pure L-Isomer-Theanine that is sold under the brand name suntheanine®. It is recommend for its clinically proven ability to enhance alpha brainwaves.
One of, if not the oldest tree on record. Unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.
The leaves of the ginkgo tree work to improve circulation, prevent the formation of blood clots and protect the organs from damaging free radicals and oxidants. It has also been known to boost brain cognition in dementia patients.
An alkaloid found in the periwinkle plant, vinpocetine is actually produced in a lab today, although is originally a natural ingredient.
Vinpocetine is known for improving brain oxygenation, and has been used to slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s syndrome and dementia. By increasing short-term blood flow to the brain, vinpocetine enhance alertness, learning focus and memory.
The Benefits Of Blending These And Other Ingredients Together
Combining a number of clinically proven natural nootropic ingredients is the best way to ensure that you’re actively targeting all areas of the brain and ensuring a well-rounded improvement in brain function.
Many of the above ingredients appear in the formulas of my top rated nootropic supplements…
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