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Nootropics: To Do or Not to Do?




Nootropic substances acting on the brain

There’s a group of drugs known as nootropics that has been growing in popularity around the world. With its growing popularity has come growing concerns as to whether or not it is right to take them. In this article, we shall be looking at this topic with a view to providing you with enough information to help you make a decision that is right and safe for you.

What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics, also known as smart pills (and other such names) are regarded as drugs or supplements that help improve or enhance cognitive functions of the brain. We are talking mainly about the aspects that have to do with executive functions, creativity, memory, focus and even motivation and desire to get stuff done. You can get the full gist here.

Given the pressures that people face in various segments of life today, pressures that show no signs of abating but ample signs of increasing progressively, it is no surprise that this is a subject that many folks are interested in. We are talking about people in high demanding careers.

Ever wondered why Walls Street appears to be filled with people who suffer from various substance abuse related conditions? The pressures and demands of their job push them to look for ways of maintaining top level performance at all times. We find the same story with athletes.

Students are not left out as many students now also look for things to enhance their memory, focus and general motivation. Nootropics therefore appears to offer these folks the solution they seek.

We shall therefore spare some time to take a close look at nootropics and what is true and false about them. 

Do they Really Work?

This is the first question anyone will likely ask. Do they really work? To answer this question, we need to establish exactly what drugs or supplements that fall into this category do.

The very first thing you need to understand is that though these drugs are called “Smart Pills” they do not make anyone smart. Depending on the type of supplement or drug in question, it can do one or some of the following: improve wakefulness so you can focus, stimulate neurons in the brain so you can retain what you are studying, increase the number of neurotransmitters so that as communication among the neurons improve, your focus and attention also improves helping you perform for longer and retain more.

In essence, these drugs won’t help your reasoning ability. They won’t make your IQ higher neither will they make you know what you previously did not know. They will only help your brain stay sharp and focused, allowing you process whatever information you already possess and those you are acquiring better. 

Are Nootropics Safe?

Once that first question has been asked and answered, the next question usually has to do with how safe these drugs or supplements are. So are they safe?

First, nootropics refers to a group of drugs and supplements that are thought to have the effect described above. It therefore does not refer to just one drug or supplement. That said, some drugs that fall into this category are known to have some side effects while there are those that are pretty much safe.

This therefore means that you must find out the safety status of each one before taking it. In the next section we will look at a few examples of both safe and unsafe variations.

A Look at a Few Examples


This is a popular substance that many folks already take. It is generally known for improving alertness and is best taken in low to moderate doses.

This is an amino acid that occurs naturally. It can be found in tea and is known to increase alpha-waves which is supposed to boost creativity. It also has a calming effect on the body. For best results, combine this with caffeine.

Rhodiola Rosea
This is a herb that contains substances that help combat mental fatigue. It improves your mood and helps reduce stress.
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Not So Safe

This is another common compound. It can improve motor functions as well as alertness. It can however be addictive and toxic when taken in large doses.

Amphetamines (Adderall)
This drug improves brain performance but has a number of serious side effects which can include heart attacks.

This is said to improve creativity, focus and fluency among other things. There's however a thin line between this point and when it begins to cause sluggishness, nervousness and other negative effects. What you will experience is largely based on the dose you consume. It has been proven to have a negative long-term effect on the brain.


Given all the information you have received above, you can now make an informed decision of whether or not to use nootropics.

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