by Sherley Alaba
The human brain is a powerful and complex organ that helps us survive and flourish. And just as we fuel our bodies, our brains need high quality fuel for better cognitive and creative functioning. After all, there’s some fantastic stuff going on inside your head 24/7!
While it is NOT true that we only use 10% of our brain, we often don't use our brain to our best advantage. But with the help of healthy lifestyle and supplementation, we can boost its creative functioning.
The Human Brain is Fantastic
A brain that performs optimally will be more imaginative, inspired, and creative. With the right nutrition we can help our minds unlock new levels of creative thinking - this is where nootropics come into play.
Nootropics are cognitive enhancers, i.e., they help improve brain function. These enhancers can boost our mental performance and help us reach higher levels of artistic and innovative thinking.
Natural nootropics have recently gained popularity in learning environments and at professional hubs. Nootropics have become popular because modern science has found them to be effective. So what is so enticing about nootropics? We are going to answer all your questions right here.
Nootropics, or smart drugs, are being used by Silicon Valley leaders and tech billionaires. Studies claim that up to 11% of the students in the U.S also will use nootropics. While there are both synthetic and natural nootropics, our focus will be on naturally occurring substances.
Natural nootropics are plant extracts composed of potent brain enhancing compounds. These plants have been in use for centuries, but science is beginning to understand how they work.
It was a Romanian psychologist and chemist - Dr. Corneliu Giurgea - who coined the term in 1972 after synthesizing the first modern nootropic. The term itself is a combination of Greek words “noos” (mind) and “trepein” (to bend). Dr. Corneliu Giurgea believed that our minds are malleable so we can shape them any way we like to improve memory, intelligence, and thinking.
Synthetic vs Natural Nootropics
Today synthetic nootropics are also available. Patients take these nootropics to improve focus, enhance memory, ease anxiety, and to elevate mood. These include substances like Modafinil, Aniracetam, Noopept, Adderall, and Oxiracetam.
While these synthetic nootropics come from a lab, organic/natural herbs are the source of natural nootropics.
Synthetic nootropics may have side effects like sleep disturbance, cardiac problems, and irritability. Their natural counterparts tend to be safer.
Let’s explore the properties of some of the best of these natural substances.
There haven't been enough studies to be certain of safety issues associated with natural nootropics. Therefore, young people, whose brains are not fully developed, should use caution. Others should also be careful about dosage and duration.
If you would like to try nootropics, you should consult with your healthcare practitioner to create a healthful plan of use.
Creativity Contributes to Brain Health
Creativity itself is important to brain health, as we covered in a recent article, Here's How Creativity Helps Keep Our Brains Healthy. In addition to nootropics, meditation, regular exercise and good nutrition, our BrainSpeak programs can help increase your creativity: