Nootropics 101

 

You may have come across this term when you’ve been looking into Ayurvedic medicine and are now wondering what on earth it is. ‘Nootropic’ may have become a popular buzz term, but it in fact comes from the Greek meaning of ‘mind-turning’ and has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries. But what exactly are nootropics, and why should you even care?

What is a nootropic?

Also known as 'smart drugs', nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that improve mental performance, including memory and attention, as well as boosting:

  • Focus
  • Creativity
  • Motivation
  • Cognitive function 
  • Cognitive performance

One of the most commonly used nootropics is caffeine. While studies suggest that caffeine is safe for most people - in moderate amounts - it can also have some undesired effects such as anxiety or coffee jitters. It’s also just a short-term kick that doesn’t have a long-term impact on mental performance. 

Natural vs. synthetic nootropics

There are two kinds of nootropics: 

  1. Natural nootropics. These include all-natural ingredients like herbs and plant extracts, and are used to enhance mental performance.
  2. Synthetic smart drugs. These are pharmaceutical substances or prescription drugs that can have a strong effect on mental functions. These are often used to treat medical conditions such as ADHD.

Some common examples of synthetic drugs are Adderall and Ritalin, which can have the strongest impact on our brain power - but also come with side effects that can harm a healthy functioning of the brain. 

Natural nootropics are used in alternative medicine, and are shown to be effective at boosting mental performance without the need for chemicals. While this type of nootropic may be slower acting compared to synthetic ones, when taken in combination, they can be very effective. 

Mind Balance dietary supplements

At Deja, we’ve combined natural nootropic supplements and other herbs, each targeting different areas of brain performance, in our Mind Balance capsules. These include: 

 

  • Brahmi: Studies have shown that taking Brahmi increases learning and memory, as well as improving mental performance and reversing memory loss. Exactly what you need when you’ve got a million things on your mind! Other benefits include boosted focus and concentration, a balanced emotional state, more clarity and strengthened memory and intellect.

  • Valo: Also known as vetiver, Valo has anxiolytic properties (that’s anxiety reducing to you and me). It's also been shown to promote productivity, calm the mind and boost brain health and power.

  • Shankhavali - This wonder herb cuts through information overload to give you the clarity you need when you’re at your busiest. Each and every part of this herb is extremely beneficial for treating a host of ailments in the long run and improving your lifespan. It also works to boost digestion and memory, and nourishes skin from within - imparting a radiant and healthy glow.

  • Jatamansi - This herb is a soothing, sleep-improving ingredient with nootropic properties galore. It also boosts the brain’s ability to learn, improves memory, lifts emotional stress and decreases anxiety.

Natural nootropics have traditionally been combined together as they often work better, and can complement each other to provide optimum brain function. The above ingredients are just four of the eleven powerful herbs that make up the formula for our Mind Balance capsules. All have been chosen to help your brain cells perform at their best, targeting all areas - from focus, memory, and mood. 

 

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